I recently finished reading Beverly Lewis’ third installment in the Hickory Hollow series, The Guardian, and found it a very heart warming and enjoyable addition to her collection.
I have always enjoyed the mental pictures she can paint with her words, especially detailing the Plain lifestyle and how we “Englishers” might appear to the Amish people.
Over the course of the story, I found myself laughing and crying, and wondering if the different lives would take a turn I might choose for myself. As always, I enjoy the beautiful faith and trust in God that her characters display and being able to lose myself in a different setting while not being bothered with foul language or violence. I would certainly recommend this book to other readers, even if they have not read the other books in the series.
About the Author:
Beverly’s first venture into adult fiction is the best-selling trilogy, The Heritage of Lancaster County, including The Shunning, a suspenseful saga of Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman drawn to the modern world by secrets from her past. The book is loosely based on the author’s maternal grandmother, Ada Ranck Buchwalter, who left her Old Order Mennonite upbringing to marry a Bible College student. One Amish-country newspaper claimed Beverly’s work to be “a primer on Lancaster County folklore” and offers “an insider’s view of Amish life.”
Booksellers across the country, and around the world, have spread the word of Beverly’s tender tales of Plain country life. A clerk in a Virginia bookstore wrote, “Beverly’s books have a compelling freshness and spark. You just don’t run across writing like that every day. I hope she’ll keep writing stories about the Plain people for a long, long time.”
A member of the National League of American Pen Women, as well as a Distinguished Alumnus of Evangel University, Lewis has written over 80 books for children, youth, and adults, many of them award-winning. She and her husband, David, make their home in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, and spending time with their family. They are also avid musicians and fiction “book worms.”
Disclaimer: I received an ebook copy of The Guardian from Bethany House to use in my review.