Pella author publishes heartwarming new novel

PELLA — Just in time for the holiday season, Pella author Jean De Vries has published her second novel, “Brought Us Together.”

The story marks the return of the Millers, an Amish family first introduced in De Vries’ “Bestow On Us Your Grace,” winner of the Write Place’s 2016 Book Contest.

It’s been a few years since eldest daughter Amy’s heart was broken by Lucas Beiler. Now, she is certain she doesn’t need a man in her life. She has her work at the family’s market and baking lessons with her elderly friend and pastry extraordinaire, Ella. But, she didn’t count on Nathaniel Shetle, a newcomer to town who works at the market and seems to challenge Amy at every turn.

“Amy is so independent and capable of taking care of herself, but she wants love, even if she won’t admit it,” said De Vries. “This is a story about learning to trust both God and someone else with your heart. After all, love is always worth the risk.”

Readers of “Bestow On Us Your Grace” can look forward to catching up with familiar faces in “Brought Us Together,” including Amy’s brothers, Silas and Caleb, and her sister-in-law, Kirsten. They’ll also meet some new characters.

“Amy’s friend and mentor, Ella, is based on my own grandmother, from her name to the beat-up cake pan she uses in their baking lessons,” shared De Vries. “I had a very strong connection with my grandma, and I’m so glad to share a small piece of her in this story.”

“Brought Us Together” was published through the Write Place and is available for purchase from De Vries. Interested readers can contact her at or through her Facebook page,

De Vries is a homemaker and busy mom. When she isn't writing, she is helping her husband, Brian, and their three children, Reagan, Maddie and Hunter, stay on task and on schedule. She enjoys volunteering at her church, baking, singing and reading.

The Write Place, Inc., is a creative agency based in Pella that provides professional writing, graphic design and content marketing services to authors and businesses. Learn more about their services, visit or give them a call at 641-628-8398. The Write Place also serves clients from an office in Lakeville, Minn.

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