Monday, April 29, 2013

The Guardian

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         The Guardian – Book Three of the Home to Hickory Hollow
Written by Beverly Lewis
Published at Bethany House

About the book

Come home to Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania--the beloved setting where Beverly Lewis's celebrated Amish novels began--with new characters and new stories of drama, romance, and the ties that draw people together.

When Jodi Winfield comes to Lancaster to house-sit, the last thing she expects to find is a disheveled little girl alone on the side of the road. The young teacher is mystified when she learns there have been no reports of a missing child, and the girl herself is no help, since she can't speak English. It's as if the child appeared out of nowhere.

Then Jodi turns her attention to Hickory Hollow--and the cloistered world of the Old Order Amish--in search of answers.

Who is Beverly Lewis?

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is The New York Times bestselling author of more than eighty books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has inspired Beverly to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with The Shunning, which has sold more than one million copies and was recently made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. In 2007 The Brethren was honored with a Christy Award. She has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Beverly lives with her husband, David, in Colorado. Visit her Web site at for more information.

My Thoughts

Once again, the story line from Beverly Lewis will catch you heart and bring you through the novel at an incredible speed.   She has a gifted talent in coming up with situations that you wouldn’t have thought – the child falling from the buggy and lost for a period of time from her family, a young woman finding the child and bringing her back to her family, and then out of the blue that same young woman asked to supply for a couple of months at the one school room.  What a privilege for Jodi to have taught young Amish children!  And to have develop this friendship with the mother of the child she had found.

This is not an Amish love story per say.  Yes there is some courting going on and couples that are planning to marry but essentially this book has drama and will open the eyes of the main character to the benefits of family.  Jodi Winfield is going through mourning and even though there is much joy in her future something inside of her is fighting about her decision of not having children.   But her encounter with the Esh family and especially little Sarah as well as her interaction with the Wise Woman will make her realize that in the end the memories of the ones you love is more important.

I really enjoyed the book and look forward to read the fourth installment of the Home to Hickory Hollow series which will come out in September – The Secret Keeper.    Beverly Lewis has the talent to intertwine drama and mystery in her Amish novels and it’s probably why I really enjoy reading her. 

Watch this little video where Beverly Lewis herself present the inspiration for this novel.

The Guardian is available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, even


The book is also available for the Kindle and Kindle app.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book for review purposes from Baker Publishing Grou and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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