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An Amish Family Reunion

By Mary Ellis


Julia Miller misses her children. They are grown and have families of their own now, but her mother’s heart yearns for a houseful of laughter and joy once again. She plans to gather her chicks together in a summer celebration to remember. At the farm next door, Julia’s niece, Phoebe, meets Eli Riehl, a young man who charms her—and everyone else—with his exceptional storytelling ability on a rumschpringe trip to Niagara Falls. When Phoebe sketches scenes to illustrate one of his tales, Eli encourages her incredible talent, and together they embark on a lofty and unlikely business venture for two young Amish people—writing and illustrating a children’s book.

Eli’s kindness and appeal extend beyond his knack for words to reach inside Phoebe’s shy heart. But he is an only son with five sisters, and when tragedy strikes at home, Eli gives up his writing to assume responsibility on the farm. Though willing to abandon his dream of becoming an author, he won’t give up his beloved Phoebe. Can their love for a good story develop into something that lasts forever, or will memories of the past stand in their way?

Book Takeaway:

I hope my readers will discover that no matter how far we roam from home, or how many problems arise in our daily lives, the Lord will always provide a way to reconnect with those we love.


Year Title Description
2010 A Widow's Hope Carol Award finalist
2010 A Widow's Hope Holt Medallion Award of Merit

Why the author wrote this book:

I wrote this book because I discovered many Amish young people follow divergent career paths, yet still manage to stay faithful to their heritage.


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