Wednesday, 26 June 2013

The Guardian

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When Jodi Winfield comes to Lancaster to house-sit, the last thing she expects to find is a disheveled little girl alone on the side of the road.  The young teacher is mystified when she learns there have been no reports of a missing child, and the girl herself is no help, since she can’t speak English.  It’s as if the child appeared out of nowhere.
Then Jodi turns her attention to Hickory Hollow—and the cloistered world of the Old Order Amish—in search of answers.
The Guardian is another lovely novel by Beverly Lewis.  Two viewpoints are intertwined throughout this novel – one from an Amish woman, and the other, an Englischer.  The novel starts out with a mother’s worst nightmare: having a child go missing. The anguish and heartbreak of the mother is easily felt, as well as the confusion and sadness of the child’s siblings when their mother cannot explain where their sister is.  Through it all, however, the mother stays strong in her faith and hope that her child will return well and safe, and a guardian angel is out there protecting her.
Readers are soon introduced to Jodi, a teacher, as she comes across a little Amish girl alone on the side of the road.  While she starts out trying to help the girl, and bring her home to her family, Jodi soon realizes that it will be the girl who helps her. 
Beverly Lewis has delivered yet another one of her classic, sweet Amish tales in her beloved Hickory Hollow in Lancaster County.  Hickory Hollow is where time stops, kindness is readily extended to a stranger, family values are fiercely protected, and God is highly revered.  As I have stated in other reviews of Beverly’s novels, her stories encapsulate “sweet escapes” to a place where one can learn to breathe again, away from busy work lives.  It is always a pleasure to read Beverly’s works and I will be looking forward to her next one.

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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