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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.

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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.




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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Home to Hickory Hollow (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; 1St Edition edition (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764209795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764209796
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (465 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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.
This is a story that I wanted to read for some time now. When I was offered a short list of books to choose from to read and write a review for, I chose this one. This author is so popular, it makes her books go really fast and I didn't get it. But I did keep an eye on it regularly and when it went on sale on Amazon, I grabbed it. But I was almost afraid to read it. Yes, silly I know but I was kind of afraid of being disappointed if I didn't like it. Its happened before but not this time. I loved every minute of it. Sarah (the little girl who was lost) was a delight. Jodi and her fiancee, Trent were tender even when things got tough. Jodi was so hurt by her sister's death that she wasn't sure she was willing to have children and face the possibility of losing someone else that she opened her heart to that far. She was a teacher at heart and drew children to her like a magnet. That was so much fun to see that unfold. Even people in the Amish community, who often distanced themselves to outsiders just couldn't seem to do it with her. Poor Joshua was head over heels in love with Maryanna. He did try to move on because he was lonely after the death of his wife but he just couldn't stop hoping Maryanna would finally really see him. I really liked him, he was unique and had a kind heart.
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