Jodi Winfield's cousins ask her to house sit in beautiful Hickory Hollow, Lancaster County, PA, nestled in an Old Order Amish Community. Shortly after she arrives, she finds a disheveled little Amish girl, alone, on the side of the road. In her efforts to find the child's family, she is introduced and welcomed into this cloistered world.
Jodi, engaged to Trent, is planning their wedding. There is one problem. Trent desires children, but Jodi, after the recent death of her sister Karen, has no desire to become a mother. Both ponder the wisdom of marriage with such opposite views.
The Hickory Hollow school is in need of a teacher for two months. When the school board observes the adoration of the Amish children with Jodi, the board asks her to substitute for two months. Will accepting this position change her mind on the subject of motherhood?
The Guardian by Beverly Lewis is the third book in the Home To Hickory Hollow series, but stands alone in its plot. Beverly Lewis is brilliant in her weaving of the characters and sub-plots. With each chapter, I became more intrigued with the residents of Hickory Hollow. What I thought was the main plot, was only a sub-plot in the mystery of this novel. It captured me from the first chapter until the last page. The Guardian not only entertains, but also gives the reader insight into the Amish community. You will enjoy a few hours of escape to Hickory Hollow, and look forward to your next visit with the fourth book in this series, The Secret Keeper, which is due on September 3, 2013.
When a young Amish girl, Sarah falls out of the family buggyâ€”it is Jodi that finds her and returns her to her mother. Sarah is drawn to Jodi and though her mother, Maryanna is worried about developing a relationship with Jodi she can't say no to her youngest daughter.
Maryanna is also dealing with her own silent griefâ€”the loss of her husband, Benuel who was truly her best friend. She feels that she can never love another but also worries that her children are suffering without the firm guidance of a father figure in their life.
Local widower, Joshua is very interested in Maryanna. Having have lost his wife and unborn child in recent years, he is finally looking towards the future rather than living in the past. The problem is that Joshua was Benuel's best friend and their neighbor which gives Maryanna a little inside look into what could be viewed as eccentricities.
I thought the story really wrapped up beautifully. Perhaps a bit predictable but we really wouldn't have wanted it to end any other way. Mrs. Lewis seems to know what her readers expect of her and she delivers her stories beautifully. Filled with wisdom and encouragement in the faith her stories do not disappoint. I loved everything about this story, all the way down to the beautiful cover. Definitely a 5 star story and I cannot wait until my next trip to Hickory Hollow in "The Secret Keeper" which is due to be released in September 2013!!!
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
I recently requested to review "The Guardian" by Beverly Lewis. I've read several of her books, and I like Amish fiction, so I was happy to see this book come up!
This book starts with a little Amish girl, Sarah, falling out of her family's buggy one evening. She is found the next day by an "Englisher" named Jodi. As Jodi returns Sarah to her family she forms a connection with Sarah's family, and as she gets to know them some of her hurts over her sister's death start to heal.
I enjoyed this book. Beverly Lewis's books are always laid-back and relaxing to read, and her characters are likable. Her descriptions in this book, especially, make me want to visit Amish country! I would recommend this book (or any of Beverly Lewis's books) to anyone looking for some good Amish fiction!
Note: I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for this review. This is my honest opinion.
The best way I can think of to describe my reaction to The Guardian is a sense of peacefulness. The main characters have issues and conflicts to deal with, but the way their stories play out is through a growing sense of peace and understanding about their lives.
In contrast to what is often the case in Amish fiction, there is no Amish character trying to decide whether to leave the Plain community or no English person thinking of becoming Amish. Instead, the relationships between Jodi, Sarah, Maryanna, and others provide unexpected opportunities to learn from each other and grow through their differences and their similarities. Two women -- one Amish and one English -- have both experienced great loss and have a great deal to learn about love, priorities, and moving on in life. Although their lifestyles are quite different, they find themselves sharing their hearts in ways that help them both begin to heal. And I can't imagine reading this story without absolutely falling in love with little Sarah Esh, who comes alives on the pages through Beverly Lewis's skillful writing.
I highly recommend The Guardian to anyone who enjoys great Amish fiction and anxiously look forward to book #4, The Secret Keeper, due out in September.
This book was provided free of charge by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
The Guardian, by Beverly Lewis, is actually the third book in her series Home to Hickory Hollow. I was sure to borrow the first two books from our local library: The Fiddler and The Bridesmaid.
Let me begin by stating that you do not need to read the preceding books before this novel to be able to enjoy it. There is an independent feel to each book. They share similar characters and a similar location, but are developed well enough to read on their own.
The Guardian, like many of Beverly Lewis's books, takes place in the heart of Amish country. The backdrop is near Lancaster, PA, in the small town of Hickory Hollow. However, one of this book's main characters is not Amish, she's an English school teacher named Jodi Winfield.
Jodi is only in Lancaster for a few weeks, looking after her cousin's home and their cat. Jodi has recently been struggling with the death of a beloved sister and her heart is torn in pieces. She finds herself angry with God and it's affecting her relationship not only with her fiance, but also with her parents.
While jogging one morning, Jodi happens upon a little girl in her undergarments. The little girl is scared, shows signs of a recent accident, and cannot speak English. Ultimately, the little girl leads Jodi to the heart of Hickory Hollow, where she is reunited with her Amish family.
The other main character in this book is Maryanna, an Amish woman and the devoted mother of the little girl's mom. She's a widow, struggling to raise her children without the guidance of a father figure in her life. It's been three years, but she isn't sure she's ready to marry again. However, everyone around her is encouraging her in that direction, especially for the sake of her children. Will the one man who loves her most, a neighbor who's also a widower, be able to win her over?
These two women's lives become interwoven in this novel, as they quickly become friends. Jodi not only finds rest for her weary soul and comfort for her aching heart, but Maryanne recognizes her own heart's longing to be loved.
The book is far more developed than this short review. There are parts I haven't shared that I'm sure you'll find exciting.
Beverly Lewis has done an excellent job of switching up this novel. I really enjoyed it.
I received a free copy of this book to review for Bethany House Publishers. All thoughts in this review are my own.