I stumbled upon Miss Lillard's work entirely by accident but boy am I glad I did!
She is a true artist - painting a vivid picture with her words, that gives you the feeling that you could just step right in.
It's a wonderful read.
I feel it is only fair to warn you that your time may be in danger with this book. Once you pick it up, you will not want to put it down.
The story flows so flawlessly, it rushes by your eyes and you will completely lose track of how long you've been reading.
The idea of converting to the Amish faith has become something of a phenomenon among readers and writers alike. And it has become increasingly difficult to present a new take on the idea or a story that doesn't sound like a mirror image of every other one already out there.
But Amy Lillard has succeeded there. Her story is definitely original. Her characters are individual and her voice is intriguing.
She has an exceptional talent for writing a view of the Amish community through the eyes of a pampered Englisher and writing the view of that same Englisher through the eyes of a somewhat surly Amish man.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story about life, loss and love.
Whether you enjoy Amish fiction or just Christian fiction, this story will appeal because there is enough of both worlds within the pages.
I can't wait to move on to the next book in the series and I hope we have many more series from Amy Lillard to look forward to.
From start to finish I LOVED this book. You simply will not want to put it down. This a beautiful story of love, hope and healing. Amy deserves an award for being able to blend the two cultures and get such a perfect balance. I really admired Avery's character. Her selflessness despite being born into wealth. There was nothing spoilt about her but instead she loving embraced everyone in the Amish community. It was with sadness that I came to the end of this wonderful book. A great big WOW! To the author. I highly recommend this book.
LOVE this book!!! Saving Gideon is filled with wonderful, spunky, kind, courageous, strong, and lovable characters. Amy has written a story that is simply beautiful. From the depths of guilt and pain to the heights of forgiveness and love, Saving Gideon takes you on a journey that is sweet and satisfying. I really enjoyed the change of events from the livestock to be raised by Gideon to the way Avery takes to the Amish life. There are also two other things I really loved! One is the dictionary in the back. While I have read a lot of Amish books to the point of being able to translate Pen. Dutch enough to not have to use these dictionaries any more; I still love them! They are great when you just aren't sure if a word means what you think it means, and for beginning Amish readers (and very considerate I might add). And secondly I LOVE LOVE LOVE the recipes!!! I have long wanted to try Shoofly Pie and after Saving Gideon I am going to!!! The pace is wonderful, not too slow but not too fast, and the times of faith and humility are lovely. If you are looking for a book that shows the dynamics of the Amish family and community, that teaches you God's ways and knowledge and ours can be something completely different, and that coming back from grief is possible this is the book for you! :) All and all a fabulous Amish read!!! :) I've already started the sequel! ;)
There are many songs that can be wonderfully paired with Saving Gideon. Here are some of the ones I think go: (This one is right out of the book! :))"Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) [From Mermaids]" by The Hollywood Session Group,
"Hello (Album Version)" by Lionel Richie,
"Worn" by Tenth Avenue North,
and finally, while the songs above have something to do with this book, there is really just one song that I think fully encompasses all of what Saving Gideon is.
"God gave me you" by Blake Shelton it is an excellent fit!
This definitely is a 5 star book and that is just what it is getting from me. This in not your typical Amish fiction book. I am sure once you read this book you will agree with me.
I loved the main characters Gideon Fisher and Avery Ann Hamilton. God's timing leads Avery to the simple life that she needs and to a hurting Amish man who has no reason to go on living. Gideon just wants to be left alone. The spunky Avery isn't about to let that happen.
There is more to this book than just a great entertaining read. The reader sees that God's hand is on both Gideon and Avery. Will Gideon learn to live again? Can he trust and forgive God? Can he forgive himself and learn to have faith again? Will Avery find peace and happiness in this Amish community? Will she discover the love God has for her?
I have found a new author to add to my list. I might add that I am happy that I did. I am looking forward to Amy Lillard's next book, Katie's Choice.
"Saving Gideon" is an awesome book... First thing I can say about it is WOW . It is a very good read. "Saving Gideon" is a beautiful Amish romance story of bringing two difference characters of two difference worlds together and learning to trust God .
Gideon Fisher is an Amish farmer who has lost his wife and son in an accident about a year ago . He has lost the will to live ,love again, and to serve his God. Gideon just wants to be left alone.One night he was outside and heard a car horn blowing.looking around and sees a car out in his field. He finds a beautiful woman in nearly nothing laying over the steering wheel . What was he to do?? To far to go for help.. Gideon gets Avery and her Louie V. sweet little Yorkie back to his house.
Avery is in no hurry to go anywhere . She has no car and she just want to hide out from everyone for a while. There is some feeling beginning between the two. Gideon thinking now what will the Elders do if they hear of an Englisher woman staying with him?? Annie is the name Gideon starts to call her, is not ready to leave this simple life.. Annie is beginning to care for Gideon, but she has been hurt so many times before .. Can she trust another man . Will Annie help or hurt Gideon ? Can she help him to see his way back to God ? Can a rich girl from Dallas that is use to the rich life ever live a simple life? Gideon knows he should let Annie go..Will they both listen to God to find the right way. Can the two from difference worlds find their way? You will absolutely love this book as I did. If you love Amish and romance books you will love this book with The Amish and Englisher .Don't forget Katie's Choice book 2 in The Clover ridge novel series will release May 1, 2013