An Amish Family Reunion by Mary Ellis

Phoebe Miller was five years old when her mother died. She withdrew and stopped talking. Her step mother, Hannah, lovingly brought her out of her silence. Even as a 17 year old, she still preferred to go off by herself and and do her favorite thing - sketch. She hardly went any activities in her community. But when her cousin, Henry, showed her a brochure for a trip to Niagara Falls something stirred in her and she knew she just had to go.

As she was boarding the bus for the trip, she met Elli Riehl. Eli was immediately taken with Phoebe. They became friends on the trip. They discovered they were a lot alike. They both lived in Holmes County, Ohio, they both chose not to go to any youth events and they both were creative. They decided to create a children's book together. Eli would write the story and Phoebe would illustrate it. Phoebe started to like this young man who had a way with words.

Eli and Phoebe lived in different districts. When they got home, they decided to meet at the public library to work on their book. Phoebe really looked forward to their meetings. With the help of the librarian, they got their book idea sent to several publishers. Just as everything seemed to be coming together for their book, Eli's father had a heart attack and Eli had to take over the family business. He told Phoebe that he couldn't work on the book anymore. Phoebe was hurt and angry.

Meanwhile, Phoebe's aunt, Julia Miller, was missing her children. She had one at home, Henry, but the rest were married and out of the house. Matthew lived in New York with his wife and two children. Leah lived close by with her husband. Emma lived in nearby Charm with her husband and two children. Simon, Julia's husband, had the brilliant idea to have a family reunion so his wife could see everyone.

Does the family reunion go as planned for Julia? Do Phoebe and Eli ever get book their published? You'll have to read An Amish Family Reunion to find out.

I had trouble getting into this story when it first started. I was thankful for the list of names of the family members at the beginning of the book. There are so many story lines going on that I had to keep looking back to see who was who. After I got everyone figured out, I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened with them. This book shows us that there is no better place to be than with those who love you. Also, with relationships there may be problems along the way but they are worth working out. Read An Amish Family Reunion to see how the Miller family works out their relationships and keeps loving each other.

The Miller Family Series
A Widow's Hope #1
Never Far From Home #2
The Way To A Man's Heart #3
 
I received a free copy of this e-book from NetGalley for my honest review.

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