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?
It has been a long time since I have read anything by Beverly Lewis. The first book I read by her was The Covenant from Abram’s Daughter series and I fell in love with those characters. I also haven’t read any Amish books for a few years. No reason really, just busy reading other books.
First, let’s talk about the cover. Who could look at that cover and not be drawn in by the beautiful child? She captivated me before I even opened the book.
Reading The Guardian reminded why I enjoyed reading Amish fiction. I love being swept away in the simple world of the Amish, that often isn’t as simple as we think and you will discover if you read The Guardian.
Oh, and I love when I can dig a Genesis 5020 out of a book and this book has one. When Sarah goes missing this could have been used to harm her mother, she could have grown angry at God but instead God uses that tragedy to bring Jodi Winfield into the Amish community. You will have to read the book to see what follows and how this is a Genesis 5020.
Reading this book has made me hungry for more Amish fiction again. Beverly Lewis rarely disappoints and this book is no exception.
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I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.