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The Way to a Man's Heart by Mary Ellis


Cover art: The Way to a Man's Heart Reviewer: Trudy Smith
Title: The Way to a Man's Heart - 3rd in the Miller Family series
Author: Mary Ellis
Publisher: Harvest House
ISBN-13: 978-0-7369-2734-5
Release Date: July 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Romance
Year/Setting: Present day/Amish counties in Ohio
Overall Rating: 3.75
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Mary's Website/Blog: maryeellis.wordpress.com

Leah Miller has always enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and is known in the area for her mouth-watering pies. Now the opportunity of a lifetime has fallen into her lap. Leah invests in a newly renovated diner and sees that her dream of cooking for others may come true.

Leah is flattered by her customer’s responses. And soon several local boys are vying for Leah’s attention. Only one catches her eye, Jonah Byler. He’s not like the others; Jonah is new to the area and has not met many people. Because Jonah has issues with God he’s not attending services and social activities. As Jonah gets to know Leah, and she him, they both can see how they bring out the best in each other and their feelings begin to grow.

Soon Leah has more troubles than she cares to admit. The local boys’ attention is flattering and Leah becomes a little prideful which causes trouble with her family and those around her, including Jonah. If family and boy problems weren’t enough; the diner is in big trouble. Though Leah has never been involved in the bookkeeping of the diner, she suspects that her partner isn’t keeping accurate records. Leah has dilemmas and doesn’t know what to do.

Leah’s trouble begins to multiply, but through it all she keeps her faith. How will God lead her through these troubles? Will Leah be able to accept whatever consequences that befall her? Can Jonah overlook Leah’s troubles and realize the good that can come from having her in his life? Will Jonah find his faith again?

The Way to a Man’s Heart is a story of love and forgiveness as well as some hard lessons in growing up. Mix this with a little intrigue and inspiration and you get a story that keeps your interest and has you guessing until the end. Ms Ellis’ knowledge of Amish life gives the reader realistic insights into their culture and her characters are people you’d want to become friends with.

My cousin lives in the Millersburg/Charm, area and we visited her this past summer. I was able to totally relate to the descriptions of the beautiful area this story is set in along with the pictures of Amish horse-drawn buggies being driven down the country roads. Leah and Jonah’s story brought to mind wonderful memories.


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