Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Way to a Man's Heart

Author: Mary Ellis
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
July 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7369-2734-5
Genre: Inspirational/Amish

Leah Miller makes the best pies in her district and has been selling them at auction and at a grocery store for awhile. She had her eyes on a pair of abandoned train cars for years, and when she notices activity there, she stops and investigates. The owner is there and instead of being annoyed at Leah snooping, instead she offers her a job as a waitress/cook.

Leah is thrilled at her new opportunity, and she is introduced to many English and Amish patrons. All of them love Leah’s pies, and Leah is flattered when the owner changes the name to “Leah’s Home Cooking” and offers Leah a partnership.

Leah soon finds several Amish men vying for her attention, and she isn’t quite sure how to handle all the attention. Will she be able to discern God’s will, both for her future husband and career? Especially when things start falling down around her?

THE WAY TO A MAN’S HEART is book three in Ms. Ellis’ The Miller Family Series but it easily stands alone. I didn’t have the privilege of reading book one in the series, but started with book 2, and I have to say that I totally loved this last book in the series (not because it concludes the series).

Leah is a very realistic heroine, young and confused, and trying to live out her dream yet maintain her Amish upbringing. All the characters in this book are very well-developed, making me care for them, and what happens to them.

There’s a lot of food referred to in this book, so the author includes some yummy sounding recipes at the end of the book, some of which I might be forced to try. Discussion questions are also included, making this idea for a book club. Don’t miss THE WAY TO A MAN’S HEART. $13.99. 297 pages.

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