Autumn Grace, by Marianne Ellis (Review & Giveaway)

5 Stars!

The oldest of seven daughters, Ruth Schrock has grown up believing that her uncompromising father has never really approved of her independent nature. Though devoted to her community and her faith, she’s always found it difficult to follow the straight and narrow path of a deacon’s daughter. When Ruth is asked to teach in a nearby community, she jumps at the opportunity—feeling that God has given her a chance at a life of meaning.
 Ruth never could have guessed that her new path would lead to Levi Yoder. Handsome Levi is a shy and quiet man. He lives alone and seems most comfortable spending time with the injured animals he rescues and cares for. Ruth and her all-embracing love of life confuse yet captivate Levi. With her school across the road from his farm, the attraction grows—but so do the conflicts. Can these two opposites find a path they can walk together into the future? 

Marianne Ellis, author of Summer Promise, is the pseudonym for two accomplished writers: JoAnn Brown and Cameron Dokey.
Jo Ann Brown has written over ninety books in the romance genre. She currently writes in The Patchwork Mysteries series for Guideposts and Thorndike, and she wrote the novelization for Thomas Kinkade’s The Christmas Cottage for Berkley.  Her interest in the Amish goes back many years when she and her family lived in Pennsylvania not far from Lancaster County.
Cameron Dokey began her writing career in 1994. Since that time she has more than thirty works of fiction to her credit including romances for readers of all ages. Her young adult works have appeared regularly on the ALA most recommended lists. Brown and Dokey also collaborated on the Candace Steele paranormal romance series for Ballantine Books.
Visit her at her website - HERE

This is a beautiful book with a beautiful storyline! The story just flows so nicely you will be half way done and not even know it. There are two things I love to read about - Amish fiction and teachers/schools and this book combines them both.

The character development is excellent. I loved both Ruth and Levi! Ruth, even though Amish, was a strong female character, standing up for herself when needed. She did not let her elders or the school board push her around, but yet remained respectful and obedient. Levi was just a sweetheart of a man! He was very shy and quiet... until he met Ruth who brought him out of his shell.

This is a great little romance - clean and yet very romantic. If you like Amish fiction, I highly recommend this one.
This is the first book I have read by this author. I am so glad I was introduced to her writing. I am sure this book will not be my last!

Thank you so much Berkley for supplying this book for me to read and review!

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I am giving away my beautiful copy of this book.
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* Please only enter once -  (I go through and delete double entries).
* Winner will be chosen on Nov. 26th.
* Winner will have 48 hrs. to respond.
* Please leave a comment for an extra entry (a REAL comment, not just "I would like to win").
* Open to US & Canada only.


  1. I love the cover of Autumn is beautiful. I cannot wait to find out more about Ruth and Levi and their story. Everyone has a story. Thank you for the opportunity to be a winner!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  2. Thank you for your honest review of the book. I am very particular about reading reviews before making any purchases - from books to computers to cars. I cannot wait to read this book. Thank you for taking the time to give your review and thank you for the opportunity to win.

  3. This sounds like such a beautiful story! Even if I don't win I will definitely be getting this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  4. I love to read amish stories and this one looks like a winner. I know what you mean when you say you can be half way through before you know it. Happy Holidays all

    Paula O(

  5. this is an author I am not familiar with.


  6. I'm not familiar with this author but it sounds very interesting.

  7. This sounds like a very interesting story. One that I would love to read.

  8. I am not sure if this is open to Canada as it doesn't say USA only but either way I had to comment. Love the cover, I so love autumn, in fact my handle on many sites is autumn angel. Coming from a family of 9, I look forward to reading this book, and seeing how it all works out. Although I have not heard of this author she has definitely captured my attention in a variety of ways.

  9. I would love to win and review this. I review on up to 10 sites.
    jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

  10. Well after I posted my comment, my computer said Whoops so here it is again. I love to read about strong women and I know that Levi would be a fascinating character to read about. It is great to have a male character tending injured animals.


  11. thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  12. I live down the street from the Amish so I love reading about them and their culture!

  13. thank you for the chance, I would love to read this book

  14. Wow..
    Great giveaway / contest.
    I hope I can have similar giveaway like this too.
    Hope everyone enjoy it. Good luck.