Tuesday, 24 April 2012

The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis

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: Berverly Lewis' books are the paperback version of a worn-in pair of favourite blue-jeans. You pick one up and you remember how much you enjoy her writing. Her characters are always so real, and she does not shy away from letting them fumble their way through their story or express less than perfect emotions.

Amelia and Michael's dilemma - though cast in a fictional display - is not a rare one. I think, to some extent, every person struggles with expectations. What will my friends think? My parents? How does this line up with my faith? What do I want? Most of the time, it is not possible to please everyone, but as Michael and Amelia find out, what is really important is to follow God's leading. Though it is hard to sometimes see how things can work out when we are in the situation, God's planning is perfect. This was a very sweet story with two lovely characters. A must read for Amish-fiction fans.

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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