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Love Comes to Paradise is the second book in bestselling author Mary Ellis's New Beginnings series. It's about fresh starts...and how faith in God and His perfect plans provide the peace and joy all long for. Nora King believes she is a woman in love. When Elam Detweiler leaves the ultraconservative Amish district of Harmony, Maine, and moves to Paradise, Missouri, Nora fol Love Comes to Paradise is the second book in bestselling author Mary Ellis's New Beginnings series. It's about fresh starts...and how faith in God and His perfect plans provide the peace and joy all long for. Nora King believes she is a woman in love. When Elam Detweiler leaves the ultraconservative Amish district of Harmony, Maine, and moves to Paradise, Missouri, Nora follows soon after. But does she love the man or the independence and freethinking he represents? Although she finds good work in her new town, Nora can't seem to capture Elam's Englisch-leaning heart, no matter how hard she tries. And then, unexpectedly, Lewis Miller comes from Harmony to offer Nora what every woman needs-a lifetime of unconditional love. As Lewis attempts to claim her heart, Elam's interest piques. Will Nora come to her senses before Elam's thoughtless choices ruin her reputation beyond repair?


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Love Comes to Paradise is the second book in bestselling author Mary Ellis's New Beginnings series. It's about fresh starts...and how faith in God and His perfect plans provide the peace and joy all long for. Nora King believes she is a woman in love. When Elam Detweiler leaves the ultraconservative Amish district of Harmony, Maine, and moves to Paradise, Missouri, Nora fol Love Comes to Paradise is the second book in bestselling author Mary Ellis's New Beginnings series. It's about fresh starts...and how faith in God and His perfect plans provide the peace and joy all long for. Nora King believes she is a woman in love. When Elam Detweiler leaves the ultraconservative Amish district of Harmony, Maine, and moves to Paradise, Missouri, Nora follows soon after. But does she love the man or the independence and freethinking he represents? Although she finds good work in her new town, Nora can't seem to capture Elam's Englisch-leaning heart, no matter how hard she tries. And then, unexpectedly, Lewis Miller comes from Harmony to offer Nora what every woman needs-a lifetime of unconditional love. As Lewis attempts to claim her heart, Elam's interest piques. Will Nora come to her senses before Elam's thoughtless choices ruin her reputation beyond repair?

30 review for Love Comes to Paradise

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Brand

    GENRE: AMISH ROMANCE PUBLISHER: HARVEST HOUSE PUBLICATION DATE: FEBRUARY 01, 2013 RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 – NEAR PERFECT PROS: Poses challenging questions about God’s wrath and mercy; protagonist is offered a second chance despite her past mistakes; engaging secondary characters; shows the Amish as flawed human beings like ourselves; unusual setting CONS: None! Nora King has made a lot of mistakes in life, but she’s determined to start over again. Her move to Paradise, Missouri is partly influenced by thi GENRE: AMISH ROMANCE PUBLISHER: HARVEST HOUSE PUBLICATION DATE: FEBRUARY 01, 2013 RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 – NEAR PERFECT PROS: Poses challenging questions about God’s wrath and mercy; protagonist is offered a second chance despite her past mistakes; engaging secondary characters; shows the Amish as flawed human beings like ourselves; unusual setting CONS: None! Nora King has made a lot of mistakes in life, but she’s determined to start over again. Her move to Paradise, Missouri is partly influenced by this decision, but also motivated by the hope to meet the handsome and charismatic Elam Detweiler again. Nora fell for Elam back in her sister’s Amish community in Maine, but Nora has changed since then, and Elam’s wild antics don’t seem to have the same appeal that they did back in Maine. Now that she’s immersed in helping her friend, Emily, run her bakery, Nora feels like she’s been given a second chance at life—especially when Lewis Miller arrives in Paradise with the intent of courting Nora. Lewis held a candle for Nora back in Maine, but Nora hadn’t been interested in life in his tiny, conservative community. But Lewis in Missouri sounds like a recipe that could work out for both of them, if only Elam would stop interfering. But can Nora be honest with Lewis about the events that caused her to leave her home community in Pennsylvania? Or will a series of drastic occurrences in Paradise cause her to worry that God is finally sending his wrath to punish Nora for her transgressions? As the Paradise community attempts to make sense of their current difficulties, Nora also has to figure out whether she can truly forge a future with Lewis, or if her past has spoiled her chance of happiness. Mary Ellis is fast becoming one of my favourite Amish authors, not just because of her skill at creating believable characters and rendering realistic Amish communities, but also because of how challenged and uplifted I feel when I read one of her novels. Although the cover of Love Comes to Paradise might sell itself as a predictable romance novel, I was encouraged to find that Mary had decided to tackle several unconventional topics within her latest volume. Although Love Comes to Paradise is the second novel in the New Beginnings series, it is set in an entirely different community from its predecessor, and enough is summarised about Nora’s past to allow new readers to delve straight into this novel. That said, I would recommend the first book, Living in Harmony, if only for the fact that I found the novel equally compelling and challenging. One of the aspects of this series that I think will be of particular appeal to avid Amish fans is that each novel is set in a new location, starting in Maine, then heading to Missouri, and moving on to Kentucky in the third book. Considering how many Amish novels are already on the market, it’s difficult to come up with unique concepts, but the idea of sisters settling in different states following the death of their parents is definitely one that will appeal to fans of the genre. Nora’s story is one that I’m sure will strike a chord with many women, and I applaud Mary for being willing to discuss a slightly taboo topic and admit that even Amish women struggle to remain pure before marriage. Nora fell in love with a boy in her home community and let their relationship go too far, and now feels tainted by her past. Some Christians—even Amish ones—can be quite unforgiving of past mistakes of a sexual nature, and I truly felt for Nora as she was torn between her desire to fall in love and marry an honest man, and her feelings of not being good enough for a man like Lewis. Mary handles this topic sensitively and realistically, concluding Nora’s character arc in an altogether satisfying manner. It’s often a cliché in the Christian market for a girl who allows her relationship to go too far to either end up pregnant, or to reform her pushy boyfriend into a good Christian and marry him. But this isn’t the way it always works out in real life, and I appreciated that Nora’s story showed that there is always redemption and grace available for those who make mistakes. One of the “Pros” I listed for this novel was that it acknowledged that even the Amish are flawed human beings. This aspect of the book isn’t limited to Nora’s chequered past, but extends to a minister in the Paradise community. To begin with, I thought that the portrayal of this character was rather typical of Amish fiction, given that bishops, deacons and ministers are often shown to be strict and unyielding when it comes to change or errors made by members of their congregation. Instead, I was treated to a challenging lesson about God’s wrath and mercy, and how we can often read situations the way we want to, rather than seeking God’s advice and interpretation. Both Solomon, an Amish minister, and Emily, the friend whom Nora is staying with in Paradise, interpret a series of natural disasters in their community to be a sign of God’s disapproval of their sins. In particular, Solomon fears that the damage to their crops and their community suggests that God does not want them to interact with Englishers on a regular basis. Emily comes to agree with this belief, having researched the history of their Amish ancestors in Missouri and found it worrying. But Emily takes this belief in God’s wrath further, fearing that her struggle to conceive is God’s punishment for mistakes she made in her past. We often have a tendency to see the worst in every situation, and sometimes this can extend to believing God causes bad situations to occur as a reaction to our mistakes. Considering that some authors can paint the Amish as being perfect in their faith, it was a nice change to see Amish characters—including a minister!—struggling and stumbling in their attempts to understand God and the world around them. I can’t wrap this review up without commenting on how endearing the secondary characters in this novel were, particularly Nora’s friends Emily and Violet. Even though Emily is technically Nora’s hostess, she doesn’t shy away from speaking the truth, and her twisted and snarky sense of humour made for a great rapport between the two women. Violet immediately grabbed my attention in the first chapter of the book, not only because she reminded me of another hilarious character who is determined to succeed despite her ailments (Sarah in the Casson Family series, a must-read for all preteens!). Violet had such a vibrant personality, and although she never pushed Nora out of the limelight, I do wish she’d get a whole novel of her own, or at least a novella or short story so we know how she’s getting on in life. It was encouraging to read about how a disabled woman managed in an Amish community, and I loved the friendship between Nora and Violet. If you like your Amish fiction to be a bit more edgy and to address situations that can affect anyone, Amish and English alike, then you won’t be disappointed by Love Comes to Paradise. Traditional readers of Amish fiction will also be pleased by the plentiful descriptions of baking and Amish scenery, along with Nora’s love story. Love Comes to Paradise marks the third of Mary Ellis’s novels that I’ve had the pleasure to read, and I’m only sorry that I didn’t discover her earlier. Providing a unique voice and a deft skill in crafting realistic characters and engaging stories, I hope that it won’t be long before Mary Ellis receives the recognition she deserves. Review title provided by Harvest House.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fv

    If you really love God, you will refuse to buy or read this book! How dare she, the author, write that God has caused floods because a few Amish are not obeying the MAN made rules of the Amish big wigs! This book is Satan's tool to mislead many readers about God's true judgments! Not 100 years ago, nor today, will God or does God, cause weather disasters because a few folks want a cell phone! Or because some other reason. God does not hurt innocent people ever! And if the author were really a Bible If you really love God, you will refuse to buy or read this book! How dare she, the author, write that God has caused floods because a few Amish are not obeying the MAN made rules of the Amish big wigs! This book is Satan's tool to mislead many readers about God's true judgments! Not 100 years ago, nor today, will God or does God, cause weather disasters because a few folks want a cell phone! Or because some other reason. God does not hurt innocent people ever! And if the author were really a Bible reader she would know the ten commandments were, (1) part of a much larger law code, and (2), that Jesus death nailed the law to the stake! It was abolished with his death! Galatians 3: 19, 24, 25. I hate the lies about God, one of which is he causes bad things happening, because a few humans don't do just so! Pfffft that is one way Satan gets people to hate God! So the author is playing alongside Satan! James 1:13 is clear, God does not cause bad things to happen to us today. And when he does His Judgments, he will be clear about the ones judged, a good man will not lose his farm to the locust because his neighbor is a drunk. And if the author cannot even acknowledge that verse how much more of God's word does she ignore? Or is twisting the scriptures OK because she earns money off each book sold? I could not even finish this book because of the lies about a loving God, the author is trying to make her readers believe. The true God is a god of love. 1John 4:8, says that, and that is opposite to a description of the authors hateful, mean, and judgmental god. Knowing that the Bible is clear about that, the author shows her ignorance of the wonderful word of God, and this shows Amish false beliefs so clearly! Like Pharisees of Jesus day, Amish let man's doctrine rule over their lives more than the word of God. i.e. Suspenders , lace hats for women, horses, no phones, no electricity, beards, non beards, women's hair only seen by husband, secret courting and dating. The last leads to immoral conduct because couples are alone. (Only in movies and books is the human so perfect they use self-control beyond what real humans have) Saying no one else has real faith because we do not drive buggies or men do to cut hair with a bowl. The author and Amish both show that control of the subjects (Humans under them) is more important than a true love for God and show the way above list is governed by Satan, not God.) Trying to blame God for bad weather because a few girls called someone on a cell phone. If this is the way God is, none of us would be alive today! In fact the Bible is clear about where the woes come from in this situation, not from God, but form the ones ruling themselves. Ecclesiastes 8:9 Modest, is what God requires as far as life. From clothes to owning things to eating. Then she writes another things that is so sad. Twisting the plagues of Egypt to a modern day Amish society is disgusting. Once again the author's ignorance shows clear through to the roof. Those plagues were given because Pharaoh, and his cohorts, said God's people could not go worship Him one day. Then he amended it and then amended it again, not giving God the credit or the worship he asked for and deserved. Each of the plagues were given, because the Egyptians worshiped the false gods. God used them to humiliated and executed judgment upon their gods. Not to punish some for human imperfection, but to punish those that go against God knowing they are fully against him, and choosing false gods to worship instead. (1)The first plague, the turning of the Nile and all the waters of Egypt into blood, brought disgrace to the Nile-god Hapi. The death of the fish in the Nile was also a blow to Egypt’s religion, for certain kinds of fish were actually venerated and even mummified. (2)The frog, regarded as a symbol of fertility and the Egyptian concept of resurrection, was considered sacred to the frog-goddess Heqt. Hence, the plague of frogs brought disgrace to this goddess. (3) The third plague saw the magic-practicing priests acknowledging defeat when they proved to be unable by means of their secret arts to turn dust into gnats. The god Thoth was credited with the invention of magic or secret arts, but even this god could not help the magic-practicing priests to duplicate the third plague. Now here is where the author really shows she does not read the Bible, well maybe to write and sell books only. (4)The line of demarcation between the Egyptians and the worshipers of the true God came to be sharply drawn from the fourth plague onward. While swarms of gadflies invaded the homes of the Egyptians, the Israelites in the land of Goshen were not affected. (5)The next plague, the pestilence upon the livestock, humiliated such deities as the cow-goddess Hathor, Apis, and the sky-goddess Nut, who was conceived of as a cow having the stars affixed to her belly. (6) The plague of boils brought disgrace to the gods and goddesses regarded as possessing healing abilities, such as Thoth, Isis, and Ptah. (7) The severe hailstorm put to shame the gods who were considered to have control of the natural elements; for example, Reshpu, who, it appears, was believed to control lightning, and Thoth, who was said to have power over the rain and thunder. Yet the author says a hailstorm come upon her subjects because of he human tendency to be imperfect. . No hailstone fell because an Egyptian had a cell phone or watched a baseball game on TV. It was because of false worship. And using a phone to call a friend is not worshiping the friend or the phone. (8)The locust plague spelled defeat for the gods thought to ensure a bountiful harvest, one of these being the fertility god Min, who was viewed as a protector of the crops. And as I mentioned, God does not cause a good man to lose his farm to the locust because his neighbor is a drunk. (9) Among the deities disgraced by the plague of darkness were sun-gods, such as Ra and Horus, and also Thoth the god of the moon and believed to be the systematizer of sun, moon, and stars. And (10)The death of the firstborn resulted in the greatest humiliation for the Egyptian gods and goddesses. The rulers of Egypt actually styled themselves as gods, the sons of Ra, or Amon-Ra. It was claimed that Ra, or Amon-Ra, had intercourse with the queen. The son born was, therefore, viewed as a god incarnate and was dedicated to Ra, or Amon-Ra, at his temple. Hence, the death of Pharaoh’s firstborn, in effect, actually meant the death of a god. This in itself would have been a severe blow to Egypt’s religion, and the complete impotence of all the deities was manifested in their being unable to save the firstborn of the Egyptians from death. This is where the author really twists God of love to the satanic god she depicts in the story. Barren is the same as losing ones child to the Amish or worse. Above plagues were written at Exodus chapters 8 through 12.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ANNETTE

    Loved it !! such strong characters and faith the entire way through the book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Thompson

    Another book to love by Mary Ellis Interesting story which pursues two ladies to a change of attitude in the pastor Sol. I could not put the book down.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine Shaw

    Enjoyed this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mercedes Cordero

    This is a sweet, funny and highly enjoyable book about love, brokenness, and hope. Nora is the kind of female lead anyone can identify with, Amish or not. She is far from perfect, carrying a heavy burden of past mistakes and hurts that still haunt her, just like any one of us. And she is in love with the bad boy, Elam. She has traveled far just to be near him, to be able to conquer his heart. She doesn’t question whether he deserves it or not; she is prompted by what she feels and what she think This is a sweet, funny and highly enjoyable book about love, brokenness, and hope. Nora is the kind of female lead anyone can identify with, Amish or not. She is far from perfect, carrying a heavy burden of past mistakes and hurts that still haunt her, just like any one of us. And she is in love with the bad boy, Elam. She has traveled far just to be near him, to be able to conquer his heart. She doesn’t question whether he deserves it or not; she is prompted by what she feels and what she thinks she can accomplish with Elam: to change him, to make him see the error of his bad ways and to convince him of joining the Amish with her. And it is in that last thing that we can start seeing a glimmer of the growth that is coming, a little bit of who Nora will become. In her quest to change Elam, the reader will see that it is Nora who will be transformed. Author Mary Ellis has done a remarkable job of presenting and developing a character like Nora. Her mistakes are those of any teenager; her hurts are those of any human being; and her unrequited love is just like the one I had before I met my husband. Nora is a nicely written representation of a normal young woman. She has a past, and it spreads like wild fire, and her reputation is marred in her new Amish community of Paradise. Yes, the Amish community is just like our church community; there’s gossip, exaggeration and mean spirited people. But there are also true Christians who help us change, and grow, extending us grace and mercy. Enter Violet, Emily and Lewis. The secondary characters in Love Comes to Paradise are very well written. Violet is charming and engaging, Emily is funny, as well as her husband, and not afraid to speak her mind, and Lewis is a sweetheart, a mature young man. Solomon, an Amish preacher and Violet’s father, is one of the grouchiest, angriest Amish men I’ve ever read about, and that made the novel even better. Usually, an Amish preacher is written as sweet and wise, or stern and firm, but Solomon is on a whole other level. He interprets a series of strange natural occurrences and disasters as the wrath of God over their Amish community due to their interaction with the Englishers. And Emily, who has not been able to have children, thinks he is right. And that makes for a very entertaining side story. Every secondary character is enjoyable; they each have something to offer and they each contribute to forwarding the plot in nice, interesting ways. However, as interesting as the secondary characters are, they never take away from Nora. Her love life is front and center, but her friendship with Violet and the close relationship she develops with Emily and Nora’s interactions with them is a nice change from what we usually see in a love story. Although a romantic story through and through, Love Comes to Paradise is mostly the story of Nora and the way God’s love for her saves her, her love for her friends drives her, and the love of the right man frees her. A different kind of story, full of great characters, interesting side stories and touching romantic moments, this book is a wonderful read. It’s the second book in the series, and I highly recommend reading them in order. There is a lot of back story for Nora, and although it is explained rather well for the new comer (like me), it just piques the reader’s curiosity, and just made me want to go back to get an in depth look into her whole story. *I received a copy of this book from Harvest House Publishers through NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Clare O'Beara

    An Amish girl moves from Maine to Missouri to follow an exciting young man on her rumschpringe or running-around time before settling down. But he's not the man she thought he was, and the community expects rules to be followed. Nora King, aged 22, is thrilled on moving to Paradise from the restrictive community of Harmony, where young people may not socialise and women may not work outside the home. Soon she's got a good friend in Violet, who's in a wheelchair, and a job with her relative Emily An Amish girl moves from Maine to Missouri to follow an exciting young man on her rumschpringe or running-around time before settling down. But he's not the man she thought he was, and the community expects rules to be followed. Nora King, aged 22, is thrilled on moving to Paradise from the restrictive community of Harmony, where young people may not socialise and women may not work outside the home. Soon she's got a good friend in Violet, who's in a wheelchair, and a job with her relative Emily who runs a bakery and store. Best of all, Elam who'd made his affections clear in Maine before deciding to travel, gets hired at the lumber yard run by Emily's husband James. Elam drives a car, wears jeans and has been known to drink beer, so he's hardly a model husband, but that hadn't worried Nora before. Now however, she can wear a peach-coloured dress instead of black, and she can meet other friendly young people at singing evenings or bonfire suppers, so the rules of her community start to mean more to her and she refuses to let Elam take advantage. The status quo is upset when another young man, Lewis, arrives in pursuit of Nora, and while he learns to use a computer in a business, he's committed to the old ways. Nora is a girl fighting restrictive society, which could be the case with any moody teen rebelling against a curfew. Given some security and a measure of freedom, she flourishes. The other characters show us various facets of Amish life today - the women can use a propane washer, refrigerator and a cell phone in emergency. The deacon and pastor dispute earnestly over how one should interpret the story of the Flood today, and relate the plagues of Egypt to a swarm of locusts. A man requiring dialysis is forbidden to work on Sunday to pay his medical bills; to me this seemed particularly heartless. However the bishop then decreed that the community should help his family. I also thought it must be soul-destroying to be told that you keep on falling into sin and that is why the crops are ruined; can't these people see that weather is nobody's fault? Nora at 22 is ignorant of the layout of the American states - what kind of educational system allows some of the nation's children to graduate half-taught? Largely the Amish farm using organic, free-range methods. Not mentioned here is that some consider GM cotton just fine. Their 'English' neighbours respect their ways but tourists, who make up a large part of their store incomes, may be thoughtless. This is an excellent read for those who wish to learn about this community, as well as being a fine romance.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cheri Swalwell

    I just finished reading Love Comes to Paradise, the second book in The New Beginnings series by Mary Ellis. Wow does she deliver again! I completely fell in love with Amy, Nora’s sister in Living in Harmony and never thought I could enjoy getting to know Nora the same way. I was wrong. Ms. Ellis has a way of turning words on a page into real life, living breathing people who I want to not only know, but become lifelong friends with. There are so many aspects of Ms. Ellis’ writing that I love, but I just finished reading Love Comes to Paradise, the second book in The New Beginnings series by Mary Ellis. Wow does she deliver again! I completely fell in love with Amy, Nora’s sister in Living in Harmony and never thought I could enjoy getting to know Nora the same way. I was wrong. Ms. Ellis has a way of turning words on a page into real life, living breathing people who I want to not only know, but become lifelong friends with. There are so many aspects of Ms. Ellis’ writing that I love, but I have to admit her theme of mercy and grace that is evident in all she writes is by far my favorite. Maybe it’s because I am married to a man who emulates those same traits in his daily life or maybe it’s because the characteristics she gives to her male characters are so evident in our Heavenly Father. I love how Ms. Ellis uses daily dialogue in her stories to portray that grace and mercy instead of saving it to for preaching services or a grand finale at the end. She truly has a gift of weaving spiritual truths into a great story that already has many surprises, twists and turns, and secrets. I love, too, how she neatly ties up all the questions and loose ends in this book while setting up adventure for Book #3. Ms. Ellis has a gift of storytelling that captures romance, mystery, and adventure, all with spiritual truths. I couldn’t put Love Comes to Paradise down and was incredibly sad when I reached the end, wanting to continue my friendship with this great community. I truly can’t wait to see what Ms. Ellis has in store for us in her next book in the series, A Little Bit of Charm. I know that I will fall in love with the rest of the family, just as I have so far with who I’ve been introduced to already. I just hope it doesn’t take too long to be released.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Title: LOVE COMES TO PARADISE Author: Mary Ellis Publisher: Harvest House February 2013 ISBN: 978-0-7369-3867-9 Genre: Amish romance A new home…a new friend…a catastrophe… Does she have a future to hope for? Nora King believes she is a woman in love. When Elam Detweiler leaves the ultraconservative Amish district of Harmony, Maine, and moves to Paradise, Missouri, Nora follows soon after. But does she love the man or the independence and freethinking he represents? Although she finds good work in her Title: LOVE COMES TO PARADISE Author: Mary Ellis Publisher: Harvest House February 2013 ISBN: 978-0-7369-3867-9 Genre: Amish romance A new home…a new friend…a catastrophe… Does she have a future to hope for? Nora King believes she is a woman in love. When Elam Detweiler leaves the ultraconservative Amish district of Harmony, Maine, and moves to Paradise, Missouri, Nora follows soon after. But does she love the man or the independence and freethinking he represents? Although she finds good work in her new town, Nora can't seem to capture Elam's Englisch-leaning heart, no matter how hard she tries. And then, unexpectedly, Lewis Miller comes from Harmony to offer Nora what every woman needs--a lifetime of unconditional love. As Lewis attempts to claim her heart, Elam's interest piques. Will Nora come to her senses before Elam's thoughtless choices ruin her reputation beyond repair? LOVE COMES TO PARADISE is the second book in bestselling author Mary Ellis's New Beginnings series. It's about fresh starts...and how faith in God and His perfect plans provide the peace and joy all long for. LOVE COMES TO PARADISE easily stands alone, but readers will want to read Living in Harmony first to learn about the Maine Amish community that Nora fled. I thoroughly enjoyed reading LOVE COMES TO PARADISE. Ms. Ellis is a stellar Amish author and I totally fell in love with Lewis – though I could see how Nora was fascinated by the more charismatic Elam. I hoped she wouldn’t throw Lewis by the wayside though! If you love Amish fiction you’ll definitely want to read LOVE COMES TO PARADISE. Loved it. $13.99. 352 pages.

  10. 5 out of 5

    DJ

    I have a confession to make… it’s something I rarely ever do, but I honestly didn’t think I would enjoy myself as much unless I knew… so I did it. I read the last chapter – first. Whew! They say confession is good for the soul, but I felt pretty silly after my daughter teased me for not waiting. I don’t care – once I knew it worked out the way I hoped it would, I started back at the beginning and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. …not that I’m saying I enjoyed all the arguing, misunderstandin I have a confession to make… it’s something I rarely ever do, but I honestly didn’t think I would enjoy myself as much unless I knew… so I did it. I read the last chapter – first. Whew! They say confession is good for the soul, but I felt pretty silly after my daughter teased me for not waiting. I don’t care – once I knew it worked out the way I hoped it would, I started back at the beginning and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. …not that I’m saying I enjoyed all the arguing, misunderstandings, hurtful words, and strange weather happenings! I didn’t… I surely didn’t. But the story – woohoo! It’s definitely a winner! Now that Amy is settled with John Detweiler, Nora has followed John’s on-the-fence brother Elam to Paradise, Missouri. Don’t you just LOVE these places… . . . Harmony (Maine) . . . . Paradise (Missouri) . . . . . Charm (Kentucky) Mary Ellis does a remarkable job developing Nora’s character – thankfully, Nora appreciates her new friendship with Emily and Violet; she begins… I hate spoiling stories for my readers, so I’m going to stop before I say something you’d rather not read (until after you’ve read the book). Let me just assure you that Nora does some necessary growing up; allowing her to make better decisions and better choices. There are a lot of rough and rocky times in store, but Mary Ellis held my attention to the very end! (and that’s saying quite a lot, since I had already read the end – please forgive me, readers. I’ll try to hold myself in check in the future). If you enjoy Amish fiction, you must read this series!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Terri Wangard

    Two Suitors. What’s a girl to do? Nora King has her problems. She followed Elam Detweiler to Paradise, Missouri, but now entertains doubts about him. Lewis Miller followed her to Paradise and he’s wonderful, but she doesn’t want to go back to Harmony, Maine with him. Nora’s hosts, Jonas & Emily Gingerich, are a good couple, but they have no children. Emily enjoys reading the history of their area and believes the misfortunes of the past came from God’s displeasure and mirror their present time. Mi Two Suitors. What’s a girl to do? Nora King has her problems. She followed Elam Detweiler to Paradise, Missouri, but now entertains doubts about him. Lewis Miller followed her to Paradise and he’s wonderful, but she doesn’t want to go back to Harmony, Maine with him. Nora’s hosts, Jonas & Emily Gingerich, are a good couple, but they have no children. Emily enjoys reading the history of their area and believes the misfortunes of the past came from God’s displeasure and mirror their present time. Minister Trask hears of her discoveries and uses them as ammunition for his fire-and-brimstone sermons. Hard to believe he’s the father of the fun-loving Violet, Nora’s new best friend. Elam’s frustrated over Nora’s aversion to his drinking and kissing, and outraged that she should prefer Lewis. He sows discord and slanders her character. A tornado rips through Paradise. Homes are destroyed and lives lost, but some good does come. Solomon Trask has some sense knocked into him. Elam’s rough edges are smoothed a bit. Jonas and Emily gain a family. And Nora finds her happily ever after. In turn you’ll root for Nora as she plants her life on solid ground, want to slap Solomon Trask silly, desire to reason with Emily, and long to give Elam the boot. An enjoyable tale of a rocky road to maturity and accepting God’s grace.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Paula-O

    The New Beginning series by Mary Ellis book #2"Love Comes to Paradise" I have these from library but #1 did not come first, thus reading out of sequence again.... Nora King has lost her parents and when a young man she is interested in leaves for another state she chooses to follow him to see if they might "suit". wanting to have a new beginning and meet new friends and get to know family, The Gingerich's. Elam Detweiler is a young man still running around and cannot see himself settled down but he The New Beginning series by Mary Ellis book #2"Love Comes to Paradise" I have these from library but #1 did not come first, thus reading out of sequence again.... Nora King has lost her parents and when a young man she is interested in leaves for another state she chooses to follow him to see if they might "suit". wanting to have a new beginning and meet new friends and get to know family, The Gingerich's. Elam Detweiler is a young man still running around and cannot see himself settled down but he has always had a soft spot for Nora and hopes she will choose him when she comes to Paradise. Nora knows in her heart of hearts that he is not a good choice but he makes her feel differently. but...when the amish trough and trough, Lewis Miller comes to Paradise and lets her know he is there to court her...you are going to see some fancy stepping. two men now vie for her attention and she feels "real special". I enjoyed reading this book and wanted to shake all of them at times to make them see what was right before their face. I am happy to say the book has a "Happy Ending".

  13. 4 out of 5

    My Book Addiction and More MBA

    LOVE COMES TO PARADISE by Mary Ellis is an exciting Amish Romance set in Paradise, Missouri. #2 in "The New Beginnings" series, but can be read as a stand alone. Nora King follows Elam Detweiler from Harmony, Maine to Paradise, Missouri,what she finds is a community a many unexpected decisions. For she can't seem to capture Elam's heart no matter what she tries.Elam is leaning toward Englisch ways instead of the Amish ways. But Lewis Miller, wishes to capture Nora and her heart. Nora is free thi LOVE COMES TO PARADISE by Mary Ellis is an exciting Amish Romance set in Paradise, Missouri. #2 in "The New Beginnings" series, but can be read as a stand alone. Nora King follows Elam Detweiler from Harmony, Maine to Paradise, Missouri,what she finds is a community a many unexpected decisions. For she can't seem to capture Elam's heart no matter what she tries.Elam is leaning toward Englisch ways instead of the Amish ways. But Lewis Miller, wishes to capture Nora and her heart. Nora is free thinking,rebellious and will capture your heart. If you enjoy Amish, and romance you will enjoy "Love Comes to Paradise". No doubt love is definitely in Paradise. A wonderful fast read. Ms. Ellis is a great storyteller who engages the readers heart and soul. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Wynn-Wynn Media,LLC. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: SWEET REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Wow! Mary Ellis knocked one out of the park with this book! I could hardly put it down. Good thing it has just been a relaxing day around my house...perfect for reading. Love Comes to Paradise is the second book in the New Beginnings series. I absolutely recommend this book for fans of Christian and Amish fiction. It was full of interesting characters, decisions to be made, catastrophe and love. Nora moves to Paradise to follow Elam Detweiler, who continues to straddle the fence between the Amish Wow! Mary Ellis knocked one out of the park with this book! I could hardly put it down. Good thing it has just been a relaxing day around my house...perfect for reading. Love Comes to Paradise is the second book in the New Beginnings series. I absolutely recommend this book for fans of Christian and Amish fiction. It was full of interesting characters, decisions to be made, catastrophe and love. Nora moves to Paradise to follow Elam Detweiler, who continues to straddle the fence between the Amish world and the Englisch world. Back in Harmony, Maine, Nora was intrigued with Elam. However, his antics in Paradise are making Nora question whether she loves him. And into the story walks Lewis Miller, who himself has followed the woman he loves to Paradise...and that woman is Nora. They met in Maine and Lewis is determined to marry Nora. Nora has some big decisions to make in the book and the story is highly enjoyable. I am really looking forward to reading the third book in the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    The second book in the New Beginning series is as good as the first. We find Nora King on her way to Paradise, MO. to find the man she believes she fell in love with back in Harmony, ME. Elam is beer drinking, cigarette smoking, lying, stealing, man who can't decide if he's Amish or English. Lewis Miller follows Nora to Paradise to court her. What ensues is a time of disaster, sadness, and finally the truth. What I didn't like was that in this book Nora is not the same girl she was in the first, The second book in the New Beginning series is as good as the first. We find Nora King on her way to Paradise, MO. to find the man she believes she fell in love with back in Harmony, ME. Elam is beer drinking, cigarette smoking, lying, stealing, man who can't decide if he's Amish or English. Lewis Miller follows Nora to Paradise to court her. What ensues is a time of disaster, sadness, and finally the truth. What I didn't like was that in this book Nora is not the same girl she was in the first, I was disappointed that suddenly she went from a freethinker to a proper plain woman even before reaching Paradise. There's a wonderful tale of love and forgiveness and a happy ending for all. Likeable characters in a pleasant town. 5 out of 5 stars. I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Publication date: February 2013

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ginger Solomon

    Have you ever wished you had done something, anything, differently? I have. And so does Nora King in Mary Ellis' Love Comes to Paradise. She left Lancaster to hide from her past. She leaves Harmony to find peace. And she ends up in Paradise. She finds a new friend and the man she believes to be her future. Love Comes to Paradise is book two in The New Beginnings series, but can be read as a stand-alone. Mary Ellis reminds u that we all have flaws, but that love covers a multitude of sins. I thoroug Have you ever wished you had done something, anything, differently? I have. And so does Nora King in Mary Ellis' Love Comes to Paradise. She left Lancaster to hide from her past. She leaves Harmony to find peace. And she ends up in Paradise. She finds a new friend and the man she believes to be her future. Love Comes to Paradise is book two in The New Beginnings series, but can be read as a stand-alone. Mary Ellis reminds u that we all have flaws, but that love covers a multitude of sins. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and if you like Amish romance, you will too. ***I received this book from the publisher/author for purposes of review. The above opinion is my own.***

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Elliott

    Love Comes to Paradise by Mary Ellis was reviewed by The Christian Manifesto and received a 5/5, near-perfect score. It’s also been nominated for a 2013 Lime Award. I enjoyed the first book of The New Beginnings Series, “Living In Harmony”, and couldn’t wait for this next release, “Love Comes to Paradise”. I wasn’t disappointed and you won’t be either. I read this book and loved it. Characters who draw you in and capture your heart and surprising twists and turns that keep you guessing make this Love Comes to Paradise by Mary Ellis was reviewed by The Christian Manifesto and received a 5/5, near-perfect score. It’s also been nominated for a 2013 Lime Award. I enjoyed the first book of The New Beginnings Series, “Living In Harmony”, and couldn’t wait for this next release, “Love Comes to Paradise”. I wasn’t disappointed and you won’t be either. I read this book and loved it. Characters who draw you in and capture your heart and surprising twists and turns that keep you guessing make this book a winner.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Baranski

    This is the story of Nora. She heads to the town of Paradise to live. She has followed Elam Detweiler her sister Amy’s brother inlaw there. She is torn when Lewis come to Paradise from Harmony to pursue a possible courtship with her. Does she decide to have a stable life with Lewis or the intense, risky relationship with Elam Detweiler? This is a must read book with lots of twists and turns

  19. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Hullett

    Love comes to Paradise is the second book of the New Beginnings series and I really loved it! I adored the character Lewis, and so wanted Nora to fall in love with him. There was a lot of reference to the plagues in the old testament which the author weaved into this story superbly. Nora's and Violet's friendship was very heartwarming. It was just a delightful read! I am now reading the last book in the series and hope it will be as good as the second! Love comes to Paradise is the second book of the New Beginnings series and I really loved it! I adored the character Lewis, and so wanted Nora to fall in love with him. There was a lot of reference to the plagues in the old testament which the author weaved into this story superbly. Nora's and Violet's friendship was very heartwarming. It was just a delightful read! I am now reading the last book in the series and hope it will be as good as the second!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn E

    I loved this book; it is a wonderful story. I am looking forward to reading the third book in this series, A Little Bit of Charm, scheduled for release on September 1, 2013. I loved this book; it is a wonderful story. I am looking forward to reading the third book in this series, A Little Bit of Charm, scheduled for release on September 1, 2013.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    I love this book. Following Norah's, Lewis's and Elam's story and the conflict that they must deal with. Having good friends lookout for you and accepting Gods love through it all. Highly recommend to everyone. I love this book. Following Norah's, Lewis's and Elam's story and the conflict that they must deal with. Having good friends lookout for you and accepting Gods love through it all. Highly recommend to everyone.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susan L. Curtin

    Past, Present, and Future Past relationships nearly ruined a couple's future together. Avery strict Amish minister made life hard for their district. A horrific tornado came and brought many changes for the good. Past, Present, and Future Past relationships nearly ruined a couple's future together. Avery strict Amish minister made life hard for their district. A horrific tornado came and brought many changes for the good.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lorie

    This book was better than the first!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    Nora feels that she isn't worthy of a good Amish man, because of her past choices. It is so much better to tell the truth even when we are afraid of rejection. Nora feels that she isn't worthy of a good Amish man, because of her past choices. It is so much better to tell the truth even when we are afraid of rejection.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Nice read. I enjoy books where I feel that I am part of story and not just observing from a distance. Will be reading more if her books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Deliasue

    I have met Mary Ellis in person and she is a great writer. Loves to chat with her readers. This book was another great one. Looking forward to the next one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Winfield

    This was a good Amish story. It was fun to find out who she picked.

  28. 5 out of 5

    PottWab Regional Library

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  29. 5 out of 5

    Kaye

    Second in this series I did not like the character of Nora. supporting characters were much more likable. although she had experienced tragedy in her life, she was very immature.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lynda

    I really enjoyed this book. You know how you can tell? When you get interrupted while reading with something you WANT to do -- and think to yourself "But.... it was JUST getting good." I really enjoyed this book. You know how you can tell? When you get interrupted while reading with something you WANT to do -- and think to yourself "But.... it was JUST getting good."

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