Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Guardian by Beverly Lewis

My 2 cents:

I'm not a Beverly Lewis fan, or at least I wasn't until I read her latest novel, The Guardian. Set in the Amish country of Pennsylvania, The Guardian is the third in Lewis's “Home to Hickory Hollow” series. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lewis has written more than 90 (yes, 90) novels, with over 17 million books in print, published in 11 languages. That's a serious following.

Lewis's work of fiction allows readers a window into the Amish way of life, into the customs, the cooking, the clothing, the language, and the transportation

The horse sets our pace,” said Maryanna, “the tempo of our lives. When he stops for water and feed, we stop and pause for breakfast, and then the noon meal. When he needs to rest on a hot afternoon, we, too, have a natural break in the course of our daily living. And like horses, we to go to sleep early and rise with the dawn.”

Maryanna is a devoted young mother of four small children, who has recently lost her husband to a farming accident. When her little daughter, Sarah, falls out of a buggy and is lost, a vacationing “English” woman finds her. How will this one night's event change the course of all of their lives?

I was sucked in by the end of the first chapter. My guess is you will be, too.

Length: 345 pages

Worth Your Time? Yes, but be warned. This book will make you want to get in the kitchen and bake.

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