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A Little Bit of Charm

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Books by Mary Ellis

The New Beginnings Series

Living in Harmony

Love Comes to Paradise

A Little Bit of Charm

The Miller Family Series

A Widow's Hope

Never Far from Home

The Way to a Man's Heart

The Wayne County Series

Abigail's New Hope

A Marriage for Meghan


Sarah's Christmas Miracle

An Amish Family Reunion



Cover by Garborg Design Works, Savage, Minnesota

Cover photos © Chris Garborg; Bigstock / volgariver, Elenamiv, molodec, IgorKovalchuk

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.


Copyright © 2013 by Mary Ellis

Published by Harvest House Publishers

Eugene, Oregon 97402

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Ellis, Mary,

A little bit of charm / Mary Ellis.

pages cm.—(The New Beginnings Series ; Book 3)

ISBN 978-0-7369-3868-6 (pbk.)

ISBN 978-0-7369-4305-5 (eBook)

1. Amish—Fiction. 2. Christian fiction. 3. Love stories. I. Title.

PS3626.E36L56 2013



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This book is dedicated to Virgil Bray, approaching one hundred years on God's earth, lifelong Kentucky farmer, father of eleven, grandfather and great-grandfather of dozens

Virgil's favorite quip:

“Look at that man.

He's acting like he eats chicken for breakfast.”


John Newton, lyrics 1779

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found;

Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,

And grace my fears relieved;

How precious did that grace appear

The hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils and snares,

I have already come;

'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,

And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,

His Word my hope secures;

He will my shield and portion be,

As long as life endures.

When we've been there ten thousand years,

Bright shining as the sun,

We've no less days to sing God's praise

Than when we'd first begun.

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found;

Was blind, but now I see


Thanks to Pete and Donna Taylor for providing my home away from home during my research, and to my wonderful research assistants, Taylor, Jessie, and Keeley and their mother, Julie Miller. You are all family to me.

Thanks to Linda Hitchcock of Barren County, Kentucky, for her tireless assistance with contacts in the Amish and Mennonite communities and for plenty of storyline ideas.

Thanks to my agent, Mary Sue Seymour; to my lovely proofreader, Joycelyn Sullivan; to my editor, Kim Moore; and the wonderful staff at Harvest House Publishers.

Thanks to Emma of Mount Hermon and Michelle of Hillside Greenhouse and the helpful folks at Sunny Valley Country Store in Liberty, Kentucky, for answering all of my questions.

Finally, thanks to the charming Old Order Mennonites of Barren, Hart, Metcalf, Monroe, and Casey Counties who allowed me to peek into their lives. While they are real, Charm, Kentucky, is a fictional town.


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