Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Review - The Guardian

The Guardian
Home to Hickory Hollow, book 3
By Beverly Lewis
Publisher: Bethany House
Pub. Date: March 26, 2013
ISBN: 978-0764209796
Pages: 352


My first time reading a Beverly Lewis novel (well my first Amish fiction read) was with The Convent (Abram's Daughter, book 1) and ever since then I have been a fan of the author's work. I was eager to read The Guardian earlier this year, but the book (along with several others) got shoved aide and I'm just now getting around to reviewing it.

Return to Lancaster County when Jodie Winfield arrives to house-sit her cousin's house. She thought moving to a new location would help her get over the death of her sister, who died six months ago. She has lost all faith in the Lord and this has caused problems in her relationship with her fiancé.

Early one morning, Jodie goes out to train for an upcoming marathon and she stumbles upon a young girl asleep on the side of the road wearing only a pair of underwear. The girl has a bump on her head and a few cuts and bruises. The girl doesn't speak English.

Jodie takes the girl back to her cousin's house to mend her cuts and gives her a warm meal. She checks for an Amber Alert, but none has been issued.  Her cousin's husband happens to be a cop, so she contacts him and he suggests the girl must be Amish as the Amish community would rather not involve the authorities.

The Guardian is completely different than the first two books in the series (The Fiddler & The Bridesmaid), which features the main character as non-Amish, as she thrown into Hickory Hollow by fate, while struggling with her own faith and future. Beverly Lewis keeps surprising me with every new novel. Overall, The Guardian is wonderful heartfelt novel.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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