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Product Details

  • Series: Home to Hickory Hollow (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; 1 edition (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764209795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764209796
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (368 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

The sweet scent of honeysuckle mingled with the oppressing humidity as I made the turn onto Harvest Road. A few more clip-clops of Dandy's hooves on the pavement, and just that quick, the family carriage fell still. The children were sound asleep.

I breathed a grateful prayer, thinking how far my young ones had come since their father's farming accident three years ago. "Children are ever so resilient, Maryanna," Great-Aunt Heddy had whispered today as we stood watching Sarah and her sister and brothers mingle happily with all the other Plain youngsters present. Jah, resilient...more so than their own Mamma, just maybe?

Tender thoughts of Benuel filled my heart anew. Although many expect me to remarry in due time, I can scarcely consider it. At thirty-three, I'm thinking no one will ever replace my dear husband, so why should I receive another man into my life? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the 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.




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.

More About the Author

I've had my nose in a book, for as long as I remember. When I was about 9 years old, I started writing my own stories. By sixth grade, I'd hand-written a 66-page semi-autobiographical book titled, "She Shall Have Music."

After I was married and our three children were in middle school, I began submitting articles and short fiction to various magazines.

My first book (Holly's First Love) was published in May 1993, the start of a 14-book series for pre-teen girls. Soon after, my first chapter book was published for 7-10-year-old readers ("Big Bad Beans") which later became part of my 24-book series, The Cul-de-Sac Kids. I wrote another long-running series for girls, titled "SummerHill Secrets," which was set very close to Neffsville, PA, where I grew up--near the heart of Amish country.

But it was the story of my grandmother Ada Buchwalter's shunning by her ultra-strict father and subsequently her old order Mennonite community that nudged me toward writing adult fiction. THE SHUNNING was published in 1997 by Bethany House Publishers, and along with its sequels, has touched a nerve in millions of readers intrigued by the Plain tradition of Lancaster County, PA. The Hallmark Movie Channel will air the movie, "Beverly Lewis's The Confession" on January 19, 2013--the sequel to "The Shunning" movie.

My passion for Amish-related stories continues to keep me up at night, and I'm presently editing the 2nd book (The Bridesmaid) in my new series: "Home to Hickory Hollow," due out September 11, 2012.

When I'm between writing deadlines, I enjoy hiking in the Rocky Mountains with my husband. Cooking from scratch, playing Mozart at the piano, and making family memory albums, as well as traveling to meet my devoted readers during book tours, are some of my very favorite things. I also adore reading biographies and memoirs, as well as classic literature.

Book One of my present series: The Fiddler, is available now.

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Customer Reviews

Beverly Lewis is one of my favorite writers.
C. Turville
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction or someone looking to start reading it!
Beth Milinski
Don't want to put down the book until it is finished.
Emily Manning

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rosie on April 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
An engaging, cute tale!

Jodi Winfield lost her sister, Karen, six months ago. Six months ago, Jodi abandoned God. She is insistent that she will have nothing to do with Him and refuses to entertain the thought of having kids. Why have them when you could lose them? Her stance begins to alter, however, when she comes across a seemingly abandoned Amish child on her morning run. I loved watching Jodi slowly return to God's arms. The "prodigal son" stories always bring a big smile to my face.

This story is so easily to get caught up in. Once again I'm not disappointed with the fabulous characters brought to life in this installment. And it is truly satisfying to visit Hickory Hollow again. I can't tell if it's Beverly Lewis's excellent writing or if it is simply her portrayal of the Amish that draws me to the book. That all being said, the ending fell short for me. It felt rushed and seemed all too soon. Other than that, there's not much more to be said. :-)

{Though this is a part of the Home to Hickory Hollow series, The Guardian can be read stand alone just like the others, though I did miss seeing the earlier characters.}

I received this book from Bethany House through CFBA, thanks!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mikeylynn on April 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
I have read the back story of the Hickory Hollow series so it is helpful to read the previous two books but not necessary. I started this book and thought I had it all figured out, but I was very wrong. Before getting the book I figured it would be a journey about this little girl and how she finds her family again- not so. That part of the story is only the first couple of chapters before all is well and the story turns over to Jodi's life. I loved the first book in the series but this one was really hard for me to read and finish. I could not get into the story after the initial first chapters. There is a lot of information on how the Amish handle schoolteachers and Englisher people like Jodi. To see more behind the thoughts and process of the Amish was interesting. As the story continues we discover a new romance, and new way of life, and a new home for different characters. I also really appreciated the man in Jodi's life and how Beverly portrays him throughout the book.

While this wasn't my favorite, it is still a decent Amish book that I'm sure many will enjoy.

"I received this book for free from CFBA in exchange for an honest review".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Lott on May 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
I have especially enjoyed the books in the Hickory Hollow series because, although each book takes place in the same location, and has a few of the same characters, each stands alone. When the reader finishes a book, the story is over, and she doesn't have to wait until another book comes out to find out what happens next! The books in this series can be read in any order.

The Guardian features the intersection of two worlds, that of the Amish Esh family and of Jodi, a young teacher without a job who, after a family tragedy, is questioning her Christian faith. When Jodi finds the Esh family's lost toddler, she finds herself intrigued with the Amish values and lifestyle and the Esh family and community are surprisingly accepting of an outsider.

I enjoyed reading about the interaction between the Amish and non-Amish characters and watching the characters grow in faith and understanding through that interaction. I was also interested to read that this novel was inspired by the actual incident of an Amish toddler falling out of a buggy and getting lost.

As expected, this Beverly Lewis novel did not disappoint me and I am looking forward to her next one!

I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jodi a on March 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have read most of Beverly Lewis' books. This one does not disappoint. I think it is my new favorite!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Penny on July 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
I really wanted to love The Guardian. I expected a heart-rending story about the desperate search for Sarah Esh, nearly resulting in the loss of her family's hope, which would strengthen the message about faith triumphing in the end. I don't think I'm including a spoiler by stating that Sarah is reunited with her family rather early into the book. What follows is anticlimactic, and sadly predictable. I knew Jodi's feelings about motherhood would change. (How could they not, when readers always hear Maryanna's youngest child referred to as "little" Sarah, adorable precious dumpling Sarah, innocent baby Sarah?) The cutesy depiction of Sarah is a little overdone, and the writing style is not as eloquent as that in The Shunning. This novel's prose reminded me of the Rose/Hen trilogy, but without an endearing character like Rose Kauffman. I always enjoy the message of letting the Lord into your heart, and coming to terms with grief. But my indifference about kids, and the motherhood issue, makes me see that this Beverly Lewis novel was not the best choice for me. Couldn't relate to Jodi (fitness, jazz, health foods), and couldn't see past Maryanna's distaste for pets and her clear favoritism toward her daughters. I did feel for her as she grieved the loss of Benuel, as I can't imagine losing my own dear husband, and I'm glad she found a new love with Joshua Peachey, animal-lover and one of the most compassionate Amishmen in any novel. I would have liked to know how Sarah's mother and new stepfather managed to guide the indulged Sarah in a better direction. I like that an Englischer became as loved as if she were one of the family. And I just love Ella Mae Zook. Hickory Hollow and many of its People have become dear to me, and I look forward to reading more novels in this setting. But with characters I can really relate to, as I did Katie Lapp.
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