Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Guardian: Home to Hickory Hollow Series Book 3 By Beverly Lewis

I received this book from Bethany House Blogger Program for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinion expressed here are my own.

Book Description: 

When schoolteacher Jodi Winfield goes for a morning run, the last thing she expects is to find a disheveled little girl all alone on the side of the Pennsylvania road, clad only in her undergarments, her chubby cheeks streaked with tears. Jodi takes the preschooler home with her, intending to find out where she belongs. But Jodi is mystified when no one seems to know of a missing child, and the girl herself is no help, since she can't speak a word of English. It's as if the child appeared out of nowhere.

As the days pass, Jodi becomes increasingly attached to the mysterious girl, yet she is no closer to learning her identity. Then an unexpected opportunity brings Jodi to Hickory Hollow--and into the cloistered world of the Lancaster Old Order Amish. Might the answers lie there?

My Thoughts: 

The Guardian is the third book in Beverly Lewis's Home to Hickory Hollow Series.  Jodi Winfield is a schoolteacher out for a morning run when she  finds a little girl, alone, dirty, and in her underwear.  Jodi gets the girl to her home, to find out where she lives and other details to find out that the little girl doesn't speak English.  Jodi asks around her neighborhood and no one knows of a missing child. Jodi finds an attachment to this little one almost instantly and still has no idea who she is or where she belongs. Jodi finds herself in Hickory Hollow, hoping to find this little ones family.

As most of you know I am a HUGE Amish Fiction fan and a HUGE fan of Beverly Lewis. I have read almost all of her books and I can't get enough of them.  I have had the pleasure to read The Fiddler and The Bridesmaid, the first two books in this series so I was excited to have the opportunity to read and review The Guardian.  Beverly Lewis writes with obvious expertise on The Amish Faith, Culture, groups, and areas where they live.  Beverly Lewis gives her readers an honest view of what life in an Amish Community is.  The characters in this book are great. I enjoyed meeting more residents of Hickory Hollow and finding out about some old friends from previous books. That being said, this book can definitely be read as a stand alone. Beverly Lewis makes sure there are enough details for new readers but not too much that her followers find it redundant. As I read The Guardian I felt like I was there watching the event unfold from Beverly Lewis's descriptions and imagery. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction or someone looking to start reading it! You will not be disappointed. I cannot wait to read more from Beverly Lewis. I give this book 4.5 STARS

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