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I studied my reflection in the mirror over the sink. Clean-shaven...blond hair cropped just below my ears, with the usual old-fashioned bangs. I looked like all the other young Amishmen I knew. And it made me feel even more lost.

Deserting the mirror, I went to kneel beside one of the bunks in the main room. "Hear my prayer for guidance, O God," I whispered, feeling guilty as I was reminded of my disobedience to the wishes of my parents. Could I expect my prayers to reach past the ceiling?

A single gas lantern brightened the gloom. There was really no need for the lantern when the cabin had electricity, but having my old lantern from home reminded me of the very thing that had brought me to this momentous day. Because I knew full well if I continued to walk the fence, I might end up on the other side--the outside, looking in. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

"Lewis's presentation of Amish life portrays the advantages and disadvantages of a community with definite rules and a solidarity that can be both enviable and constraining. The musical motifs offer welcome variation on very familiar Amish themes that Lewis renders in virtuoso style. This opens the Home to Hickory Hollow series, but stands alone nicely." --Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • Series: Home to Hickory Hollow (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764209779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764209772
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (498 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Mott VINE VOICE on April 12, 2012
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I preordered The Fiddler as soon as I read the last book in The Rose trilogy because I really wanted to see if I wanted to continue to read new Beverly Lewis books after the somewhat abrupt conclusion to that series, and I'm glad I did. I think The Fiddler is enough of a mix of all of Beverly Lewis' different books that it felt comfortable without feeling like a rehash.

In this volume the main characters of Amelia and Michael encounter each other one night while each is trying to work through feelings of discontent with their life's path while not wanting to hurt their parents and families with their choices. This part of the book was actually really endearing to me because it happened almost immediately and because there was a lot of actual dialogue instead of quick conversations followed by internal discourse. It was delightful just to have two characters chatting through an evening instead of thinking.

I've read most of Beverly's books, but some of the older ones I read nearly a decade ago at this point, so I don't remember everything about them...but I will venture that this volume reminds me more of those older books because they aren't following lives of dedicated Amish or Amish who are definitely going into the church. Instead, we have returned to a place with questions.

I loved that in this book Beverly actually ventures into (through dialogue on religion) the fact that Amish life and the faith isn't all quiet, peaceful tranquility where life is wonderful all the time. I think a lot of authors of this type of fiction have left fans idolizing this lifestyle. While there are certain elements of it that are quaint and that us Englishers could choose to implement in our day-to-day lives, it isn't all tea and skittles and a lot of it is quite harsh and dogmatic.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 19, 2012
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I want to start out by saying that I am a HUGE Beverly Lewis fan. I have read nearly every one of her books and loved them all. I wait impatiently for each new one to come out. When a new one does come out, I, to my shame, do nothing but read. My poor hubby and kids!! This book, however, was not like that. From the start, I just could not get into it. It is very slow and crept along through the whole book. It took me a month to read it because I just kept putting it down without wanting to pick it back up. The book did not flow as a normal Lewis book does. The main character was very hard to relate to. There were way too many references to her violin and fiddle playing. The Amish in the book were not referred to enough and when they were, they were snobbish and odd in some way. Amelia, the main character, is inconsiderate of Amish ways. The book ends abruptly and without any build-up.
My wrap-up... it just didn't meet my expectations of a Beverly Lewis book. I am disappointed but still a fan!
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House for my honest review. Thank you Bethany House!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By PegFlint on April 17, 2012
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Wow. Let me say it again - WOW!

The title of my review is a quote from page 206 of the book and it so well expresses the theme that carries throughout the book. It is nice to see both an Amish-raised (but not yet member of the church) man and an "Englisher" woman struggle with this.

Some might say it was "circumstances" that brought these two together - as Amelia gets lost in a storm and has a flat tire near the cabin where Michael is staying and trying to sort out his life. Others would see it as "providence".

I am not going to share about the plot in this review because I want to focus on a couple of other things that I think are good to know.

First of all, if you have never read any of the other books from the Hickory Hollow series - read them ASAP because the references to certain characters will make more sense when you read this book. (I recommend all 3 books from The Heritage of Lancaster County series).

Secondly - while this is part of a series - and specifically the first book in the series - trust me - the ending is quite satisfying and you will feel like you've read the complete story and not be left hanging. I suspect the other books in the series will cover two characters that are introduced in this book: Elizabeth - the girl who "runs away" to the English but winds up coming home - and Joanna - the Amish girl who has already been baptized into the church and is being courted. I hope Joanna's story is next because I truly fell in love with her character and feel like Elizabeth needs to be developed more in the second book. However - that is just me....

Finally - let me state that I did not get the impression at all that the Amish lifestyle is better or the English lifestyle is better.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By stein8 on July 11, 2012
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I hate to write a negative review for a Beverly Lewis book, because I have so enjoyed her books in the past. However, I was keenly disappointed with this book! The storyline was just so unbelievable, right from the start. As I kept reading, I was waiting for it to improve, certain that it would, but I found myself reading quickly just so that it would be over! It just seemed like every circumstance the characters found themselves in was too unbelievable. Though I liked the idea of an 'Englischer' being transformed by Amish life and an Amishman being transformed by an 'Englischer', the situations and decisions the characters made seemed just too far-fetched, which ruined the whole premise of the book for me.
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