Tuesday, 24 April 2012

The Fiddler


Back Cover
Come home to Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania – the beloved setting where Beverly Lewis’s celebrated Amish novels began – with new characters and new stories of drama, romance, and the ties that draw people together.
A wrong turn in a rainstorm leads Englisher Amelia Devries to Michael Hostetler – and the young Amishman’s charming Old Order community of Hickory Hollow.  Despite their very different backgrounds, Amelia and Michael both feel hemmed in by the expectations of others and struggle with how to find room for their own hopes.  And what first seems to be a chance encounter might just change their lives forever.
Review
There’s one thing for certain:  Beverly Lewis knows how to write.  She knows how to sweep a reader up into a story and make them genuinely connect with the characters.  Mrs. Lewis is credited for the introduction of the Amish life and culture into the world of Christian fiction.  And no one writes Amish fiction better than Mrs. Lewis. 
Both Amelia and Michael are at crossroads in their lives.  Amelia is being pulled between following her father’s desire that she continue her career in classical violin playing and her love of fiddling.  Michael wants to honour his own parents and take the vow to forever be part of the Amish church, but his heart never feels right about the commitment.  Through it all, both Amelia and Michael have to learn to follow what God has placed on their hearts, and not family, or the world, for that matter.   

The Fiddler is a sweet, tender love story about two people trying to find their way in life.  I enjoyed this refreshing escape into a world of horse-drawn carriages and lively fiddling music.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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