Sunset in Old Savannah: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

Sunset in Old Savannah

Sunset in Old Savannah – Needs More Heart

I’m most familiar with Mary Ellis’s writing because of her superb Amish writings (Wayne County series, the New Beginnings, the Miller Family series, and a host of wonderful novellas.) Ellis has a way of charming her readers in to a storyline. So when I was given the opportunity to read her latest release, Sunset in Old Savannah, even though it was not Amish, I jumped at the chance.

Sunset in Old Savannah is second in her Secrets of the South Mysteries series and follows private investigator partners Beth Kirby and Michael Preston. They are sent on assignment from their Mississippi office to Savannah, Georgia. In Savannah, their mission is to spy for one of Savannah’s high-society husbands. What IS he up to? All too soon this seemingly easy gig becomes a story of intrigue and unanswered questions. Can Beth and Michael unravel it all before it’s too late?

I was given Sunset in Old Savannah in exchange for my honest review. While it can be read as a stand-alone, many references are made from the first novel. So it looks like I need to catch up! As a Georgia girl, I will say that Ellis captured the southern vibe very well…and I think I’d like to have PI Beth as one of MY friends! That being said, Sunset in Old Savannah is not my favorite by Mary Ellis. She’s a fantastic storyteller – I just prefer her Amish writings, which seem to have more depth and more “heart.” But decide for yourself and check it out!

Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!

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A Little Bit of Charm by Mary Ellis

A-Little-Bit-of-Charm-662x1024We have followed the King sisters Amy and Nora as they have been trying to find themselves in world that no longer involves their parents who were tragically killed in a house fire. Now it is Rachel’s turn to spread her wings and see how high she can fly. Rachel’s new beginning finds her in Charm, Kentucky where she has the opportunity to work with horses which has her bursting at the seams because she adores horses. It’s the perfect job and life couldn’t be better. That is until her heart leads her to someone who it shouldn’t. When it comes to matters of the heart, things can get complicated and Rachel’s heart is about to become very complicated….
A good book should be interesting with engaging characters and I believe Mary Ellis has succeeded and then some with A Little Bit of Charm. I have enjoyed reading all three books in the New Beginnings Series and I highly recommend them to all Amish fiction fans. Find a nice big comfy chair, pour yourself a steaming hot cup of tea and get lost within the pages of a truly “charming” book.


**Mary Ellis along with many other authors will be at the Gospel Book Store in Berlin, Ohio this Saturday, November 9th from 9am-1pm for the 4th Annual Holmes County Largest Book Signing. If you are in the area stop by and say hello. It’s a great opportunity to meet some wonderful authors (over forty will be there) and have your books signed!**


This book was provided to me from Harvest House Publishers for review purposes.





Love Comes to Paradise

love paradiseLove comes to Paradise and with it a rather precarious situation for Nora King. If you remember, Nora fled from Harmony, Maine in search of the one and only Elam Detweiler. She has found herself in Paradise, Missouri hoping to fit in and maybe just maybe tame the rebel Elam. Of course things do not go as planned….enter into the picture Lewis Miller who decides to track Nora down because he kind of has a thing for her. Hmm…what could possibly go wrong with this situation?

I was so anxious to read Love Comes to Paradise because I was such a fan of Nora from Living in Harmony, who was a little bit rebellious. Nora certainly does a lot of growing up through the course of this book and she comes to realize the world does not exist around Nora King’s problems. Mary Ellis’s characters are real people with real problems who happen to be Amish. She does a fantastic job making the reader care about the people of Paradise whether they are the scene stealer or the one who really irritates you, they will keep you entertained for sure. A well written book should keep us engaged, interested, and in my case wanting to skip ahead to see what is going to happen next. Love Comes to Paradise fulfills these requirements and then some. No, I did not skip ahead. I just read really quickly! Overall I think you will absolutely enjoy your time in Paradise…..I mean come on….who doesn’t want to go to Paradise?


This book was provided to me from Harvest House Publishers via NetGalley for review purposes.