May 6, 2013

Book Review - The Guardian by Beverly Lewis

Once again, Beverly Lewis has written a novel that both inspires us in our faith and reveals life in the Amish culture. 

The Guardian, third book in the Hickory Hollows series, takes us on a journey with Jodi, an Englicher whose only sister has recently died, leaving Jodi with a crisis in her relationship with God.  She has lost the desire to pray and to depend on or thank God for anything. 

 The reader also follows the story of Maryanna Esh, a young widow of three years and her four children.  Among these children is the youngest, Sarah, beautifully depicted on the book's cover.  When Sarah falls from her mother's buggy one evening on the ride home, a search party of Amish men race to find the helpless child.  But it is Jodi who discovers the young girl and takes her home, becoming to Sarah, her special angel.

Hence, the friendship between the English woman, Jodi, and the Amish woman, Maryanna begins.  Jodi is struggling with her fiance over having children after their marriage, and Maryanna is confused about "dating" again and finding another father for her children.  Each woman, although from very different backgrounds, helps the other.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I do most of Lewis's.  It is not necessary to read the previous two books in the series; the reader falls right into this story and the characters' lives very easily. Kudos also to the artist who rendered the poignant and engaging cover for this novel. 

This book was given to me by Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.

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