This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
Bethany House Publishers (March 26, 2013)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Beverly's first venture into adult fiction is the best-selling trilogy, The Heritage of Lancaster County, including The Shunning, a suspenseful saga of Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman drawn to the modern world by secrets from her past. The book is loosely based on the author's maternal grandmother, Ada Ranck Buchwalter, who left her Old Order Mennonite upbringing to marry a Bible College student. One Amish-country newspaper claimed Beverly's work to be "a primer on Lancaster County folklore" and offers "an insider's view of Amish life."
Booksellers across the country, and around the world, have spread the word of Beverly's tender tales of Plain country life. A clerk in a Virginia bookstore wrote, "Beverly's books have a compelling freshness and spark. You just don't run across writing like that every day. I hope she'll keep writing stories about the Plain people for a long, long time."
A member of the National League of American Pen Women, as well as a Distinguished Alumnus of Evangel University, Lewis has written over 80 books for children, youth, and adults, many of them award-winning. She and her husband, David, make their home in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, and spending time with their family. They are also avid musicians and fiction "book worms."
ABOUT THE BOOK
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?
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Guardian, go HERE.
MY THOUGHTS-Another enjoyable read by Beverly Lewis that makes me happy to pick up her books. You know Beverly is quite a writer when I opt to review her books as I am not big on Amish novels. Her books always have mystery and a good plot with believable characters. The Guardian is no different. This is a stand-alone novel but it is part of the Home to Hickory Hollow series so you will meet up with some old friends. I really fell in love with Jodi but I also felt a kinship with Maryanna. Sarah is a sweet little girl and I loved the whole Esh family. There are actually two different romances in here and I enjoyed both of them. The story behind this novel was interesting as well. Make sure to read the back of the book when you get done, you will be glad you did. Wonderful book Beverly!! Loved it!!
**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**