Living in Harmony is an exceptionally well written book by the lovely Mary Ellis. In the midst of a family tragedy Amy King follows her betrothed John Detweiler to Harmony, Maine in hopes of a new life. The name of the town sounds very charming, but there are many challenges entering into a new community. A small community that is vastly different than their old district. Thomas Detweiler, brother to John, is the minister who is a little on the strict side. It seems the odds are stacked against this young couple. Thomas will not marry them insisting they must take some time before committing to each other. Then there is Nora, Amy’s younger and more outspoken sister, who decided to make the move also. Nora pushes boundaries set forth by the strict district which in turn causes John to fight with Amy. The fighting is pushing them apart when they should be happily planning their wedding day. All the obstacles may just be too much for this couple to overcome……
I cannot say enough about this book! Well rounded and interesting characters will keep you engaged soon after you turn page one. The residents of Harmony, Maine do not have it easy. Life is not all about shoefly pie and fresh baked bread. Being so young and new to the community presents many hardships for our main characters and being surrounded by loved ones doesn’t necessarily make the road easier. It just smooth’s it out and helps seal some of the unwanted cracks. There’s a lot to the meaning to the title of this book, Living in Harmony. Yes, it’s the town in which they live, but it also serves as the backbone of the book because each character is trying to overcome their own problems to find harmony in their lives. You are not as peaceful as you think until you have successfully found your own path in life. The Amish may be referred to as “simple” but just as the world we live in, the road can be just as uneven as they are faced with the same challenges as us. Mary does a wonderful job creating a storyline that is believable with character’s that you will root for to find their own way to Live in Harmony.
This book was provided to me from author Mary Ellis and Harvest House Publisher’s for review.