Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Guardian by Beverly Lewis

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Guardian
Bethany House Publishers (March 26, 2013)
Beverly Lewis


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."


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 Review:
An engaging, cute tale!

Jodi Winfield lost her sister, Karen, six months ago. Six months ago, Jodi abandoned God. She is insistent that she will have nothing to do with Him and refuses to entertain the thought of having kids. Why have them when you could lose them? Her stance begins to alter, however, when she comes across a seemingly abandoned Amish child on her morning run. I loved watching Jodi slowly return to God's arms. The "prodigal son" stories always bring a big smile to my face.

This story is so easily to get caught up in. Once again I'm not disappointed with the fabulous characters brought to life in this installment. And it is truly satisfying to visit Hickory Hollow again. I can't tell if it's Beverly Lewis's excellent writing or if it is simply her portrayal of the Amish that draws me to the book. That all being said, the ending fell short for me. It felt rushed and seemed all too soon. Other than that, there's not much more to be said. :-)

{Though this is a part of the Home to Hickory Hollow series, The Guardian can be read stand alone just like the others, though I did miss seeing the earlier characters.}

I received this book from Bethany House through CFBA, thanks! 


  1. I remember seeing the promotion for this novel way back at its cover reveal and oh, my word, how lovely and cute is the cover!? The colors and composition are spectacular. :)

    1. I know! It really is a cute cover photo. :D

      Thanks, as always, for commenting, Rissi!


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