Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Guardian

Author: Beverly Lewis
Publisher: Bethany House
March 2013
ISBN: 978-0764209796
Genre: Amish

Must-Have Amish Fiction from #1 Bestselling Author Beverly Lewis

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?

THE GUARDIAN is book three in Ms. Lewis’ Home to Hickory Hollow series, but it easily stands alone. This was kind of a hard book to read from a mother’s stand-point. I understand how the Amish mom accidentally lost her child—kind of—but why she didn’t hear her cry when she fell out of the buggy, I don’t get. It broke my heart when the girl’s mom lost the child of her heart. I wanted them to find each other.

It was sweet watching Jodi learn to interact with a small child, especially when she’s so certain she doesn’t want children. It made me wonder if she’d change her mind and heal the rift between her and her fiancĂ©. However, this was only the first several chapters. Then all is well with this little girl and the book turns into all about Jodi and school teachers--Amish vs. English.

I give it 3.5 stars. Not my favorite Beverly Lewis book.
$14.99. 352 pages.

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