Jodi is not Amish. She is house sitting for her cousin in Lancaster. While jogging she finds a child who doesn't speak English. She takes her home, feeds, baths and puts some thrift store donations clothes on her. Jodi is engaged and he is going to spend a year in the Mission Field, overseas. Jodi is doubting her faith and then discovers her teaching job has been done away with due to budget cuts. She makes friends with the little girl's family and even becomes a teacher to the Amish school at the request of the Bishop. You will see how each one of the main characters grow in their faith and love. Friendships are formed and Sarah's mother & Jodi become "sisters of the heart". Beverly always writes heart rending stories, faith, love, and makes the characters come alive.
I found this book was an interesting look into the life of the Amish people. Jodi is not Amish but she finds the lost Amish child and befriends with the family and the community. It is through their example and friendship that she is able to come to terms with her sister's death and find her way back to her heavenly Father.
The contrast between her modern way of life and that of her new Amish friends was a fresh perspective that I haven't read before. I usually find reading Amish fiction to be like reading historical fiction - you quickly get used to the unusual way of speaking or doing everyday things because it fits in that period or that place. This time contrasting their lives constantly with Jodi's life made it an interesting read. The author also included interesting scenarios that I had never heard of or thought of before. An Amish jogging group? :)
I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Amish fiction. This will keep you interested and fascinated until the end.
I was given the opportunity by the publisher to review "The Guardian" (by Beverly Lewis). This book is Amish fiction......which I really enjoy and is the third in a series. I've read most everything written by Ms. Lewis but, oddly enough, haven't yet read the previous two books in this series, yet it didn't spoil this one for me (not being familiar with the series) and I think it stood alone nicely. The characters were very believable and the story-line was interesting. This book had a very nice blend of Amish and "Englischer" (Plain and Fancy, if you will). As expected, there is a good amount of scripture quoting and "preaching" but done in a tasteful way and in a way that really did enhance the story. It was an easy read and a quick read with an ending I liked
....a book I enjoyed reading enough that I read for several hours at a time without putting it down. I'm glad I had the chance to read it.