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September 10, 2013

SUMMER PROMISE by Marianne Ellis

Summer Promise (Amish Seasons #1)

                                           SUMMER PROMISE
 Amish Seasons #1
                   by   Marianne Ellis 

 Published August 6th 2013 by Berkley Trade


 OVERVIEW   (from Goodreads)
 With the heat of summer comes the warmth of sunlight, shadows of the past, and Miriam’s chance to win the heart of the only man she’s ever loved—her husband.

The death of Jakob Lapp, a beloved member of the Amish community and the builder of the Stonyfield Farm Stand, is difficult for all. On the day of Jakob’s funeral, his beloved daughter Miriam must deal with her grief as well as mounting apprehension, knowing that she will soon see her sister Sarah who left the Amish community to live the Englisch life several years ago.

Sarah’s arrival forces Miriam to face the problems in her marriage. She has been unable to give her husband, Daniel, a child and fears he is not happy. Miriam has always suspected that Daniels’s heart truly lies with her sister, and she worries about the effect Sarah’s return will have on their already strained marriage. But when a disaster threatens the farm stand, everyone must come together, allowing new hope to grow not only for the community, but for Miriam as well . . .

Marianne Ellis, author of Summer Promise, is the pseudonym for two accomplished writers: JoAnn Brown and Cameron Dokey.
Jo Ann Brown has written over ninety books in the romance genre. She currently writes in The Patchwork Mysteries series for Guideposts and Thorndike, and she wrote the novelization for Thomas Kinkade’s The Christmas Cottage for Berkley. Her interest in the Amish goes back many years when she and her family lived in Pennsylvania not far from Lancaster County.
Cameron Dokey began her writing career in 1994. Since that time she has more than thirty works of fiction to her credit including romances for readers of all ages. Her young adult works have appeared regularly on the ALA most recommended lists. Brown and Dokey also collaborated on the Candace Steele paranormal romance series for Ballantine Books.


Book 2                                        Book 1


 I'm a huge fan of Amish books.  This book had a different storyline than others I've read.  The characters are very real.  They 
could be your friends. The story was not too 
complicated and the author wrote wonderful descriptions of the scenery, what was happening, and the characters. The author has put in several lessons in the book.  One is: don't listen to gossip.  It can destroy your life. Another is if there is a problem, bring it to the surface instead of letting it boil inside you.  I feel that Ms. Ellis is a wonderful writer and storyteller. In this book we have two sisters, one Amish, the other Englisch.  Miriam has always loved Daniel, but she feels she was his second choice when her sister, Sarah went to live in the Englisch world.  I feel that if Miriam and Daniel would have talked about it, it may not have festered like it did.  The love between them is strong but it's not being shown.  The gossip going around isn't helping any.  Miriam hasn't been able to give Daniel a child in all the years they've been married. You will want to pick up a copy and find out what happens to Miriam, Daniel, Sarah and the rest of the characters.  The ending is a big surprise.  So don't miss out on a SUMMER PROMISE.  Love is in the air.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

I was given a complimentary copy of SUMMER PROMISE by Marianne Ellis from Manic Readers for this unbiased review.


1 comment:

Marianne Ellis said...

Thanks for letting us know about your review. We've loved learning more about the Amish and writing this book. And we the your kind words in your review.

We've got more information on the series at

Marianne (Jo and Cam)