Amy Lee or Amelia? Tired of living a double-life the main character finds just what she needs to make a few life altering decisions when she stumbles across an Amish community during a rain storm. Nothing like experiencing a completely different lifestyle to make you take stock of your own life! This is a beautiful story . . . full of opposites: turmoil and harmony, classic and modern, Plain and English … yet it blends beautifully into one symphony-worthy story. The best Beverly Lewis novel I’ve read yet! Anyone who loves reading Amish fiction will enjoy this book – male or female. Beverly has made an unlikely situation seem to fall together in a completely believable way. The characters have realistic emotional struggles, and the story evolves with a natural flow. A wonderful bedtime read … except that I had to force myself to put it down.
Book Cover Review
Spoiler alert: This is a perfect cover for this book. It’s obvious that the young woman holding the fiddle is not Amish, that she is deep in thought, and sitting in the middle of Amish country. The dress and sweater they have on the female model is modern, slightly folksy feeling, yet also modest – a perfect fit for this character with one toe in the world of classical violin and the other in toe-tapping fiddle competitions. The young man at her side is obviously Amish by his dress, and with the look he is giving the female model it is obvious that he has feelings for her, AND that he has no problem with the fiddle/violin in her hands (music is not allowed beyond singing by the Amish). The focus of the cover is on these two young people – yet the third ‘character’ in this story is the Amish community that helps to develop and define both of these people and their future relationship – so I was glad to see a hint of Hickory Hollow in the background.
The Fiddler was released April 10, 2012 by Bethany House. I received a copy through the CFBA for review – the additional information below was provided by the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.
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.”
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
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