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I thought the portrayal of the Amish felt realistic and wasn't phoney or overdone. These are "real" people with their own troubles and joys.

I can say though that it did make me feel like packing up my stuff and moving to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, LOL. It's set in the same area at The Guardian and will give you a deeper and beautiful glimpse into the Amish life that perfectly supplements this novel. The ending of The Guardian wrapped everything up and doesn't leave you hanging. The whole reading experience reading was so pleasant that I know this won't be my last foray into Beverley Lewis territory. One thing I want to note is that The Guardian is the most clean and wholesome book for adults I've come across in There is no swearing or inappropriate situations.

While there is a mention of courting, it's so sweet and appropriate, I'd hand this book over to an elementary student or a Christian family who is against dating with no problems. That isn't to say the book is childish though! It's an excellent read that is so good and satisfying that I highly recommend it! One last thing I want to mention is that the cover is just SO beautiful. It's a perfect representation of the book itself. The cover totally sucked me in with the delicious colors and that sweet pink cheeked baby girl. I had to read it. I almost didn't care what it was about, lol.

Fortunately, this was one of those situations where you CAN judge a book by it's cover. The inside doesn't fail to deliver what is represented on the outside. I'm really glad I chose to read The Guardian. I'm sure it will please Beverly Lewis fans as well as new comers to Amish fiction or just someone looking for a wholesome, satisfying read.

Highly recommended! He seemed interested in courting her, but she had some issues with him that were making her unreceptive. I loved seeing the way that her friendship with Jodi also had an effect on the way that she looked at Joshua. Jodi had come to Lancaster to house sit for her cousin and to try to deal with the grief of losing her sister to cancer. This grief had caused her to lose her faith in God and was also creating some stress with her fiance. When she finds a little girl on the side of the road she tries to find out who she belongs to - not easy when the child speaks no English.

A suggestion from her cousin sends her to Hickory Hollow, where she reunites Sarah with her family. She is surprised to find herself so warmly welcomed by the Amish family and invited to visit often. She finds Maryanna's quiet faith comforting, and just being with her and her family begins to renew her own faith. I loved seeing Jodi's honest struggle with her grief and the realistic way it was portrayed. Her enjoyment of spending time with the Esh family goes a long way toward healing her grief.

She was surprised to be invited to teach at the Amish school and worked very hard to make sure she didn't abuse the trust they placed in her. I loved seeing her become so close with the Amish people of Hickory Hollow and what a difference they made in her life. I loved the epilogue and how it showed what became of the friendship between Jodi and Maryanna.

Jun 02, Monica Friedlander rated it did not like it. I wish there was a way to give 0 stars to a book. That's not because it's the worst book ever written I'm sure there's plenty of competition for that but because it's so misleading, nevermind pathetically predictable and filled with nothing but cliches. But the worst part is that it's presented to an unsuspected reader, who walks into a library and picks it up innocently, as a great mystery about a child that vanished.

Then when the child is reunited with the family early on in the book, you a I wish there was a way to give 0 stars to a book. Then when the child is reunited with the family early on in the book, you assume that the WAY the girl actually vanished in the first place has yet to be explained, and that's what the rest of the book is for.

That's the clear implication on the back cover. But no. From then on the book is nothing but a means to glorify the power of prayer and religion.

I have no problem with a book on such a subject. But for crying out loud, let the readers know before torturing them with 30 references to prayer per page, all of which lead to absolutely nothing other than the all-too-predictable happy endings for all. The worst reading experience of my life. View all 5 comments. Apr 17, Rhonda Gayle rated it it was amazing.

Beverly Lewis is a fixture among Amish fiction authors and I was thrilled to have the chance to read The Guardian. Little Sarah and her siblings view the Englischer, Jodi Winfield, as a guardian angel who saved her. This is a wonderful book that blends the two worlds as Jodi is "adopted" into the Amish family and community of Hickory Hollow. I felt envious of Jodi as I would love to be able to live among the Amish in an actual Amish home and feel that same peace, quiet, and solitude.

Jodi has ex Beverly Lewis is a fixture among Amish fiction authors and I was thrilled to have the chance to read The Guardian. Jodi has experienced loss and finds herself feeling angry with God and not quite sure how to pray anymore. I know that I personally have experienced some events that shook my faith and made me question "Why??? View 2 comments. Mar 25, Penny Wood rated it it was amazing. This was great! I have never read a Beverly Lewis novel how on Earth have I made it this long..

And it made a great impression!!! And I can't forget. I like how even in a novel written by a romance author, the romance does take a This was great! I like how even in a novel written by a romance author, the romance does take a side note on this book. I love hearing about the Plain People. They are so awesome. This book was super accurate I say that like I know and the descriptions just took you right there Hickory Hollow. Love your work, Beverly Lewis. Keep writing. I'll read it!!! Mar 20, Rhonda rated it really liked it.

I can see how the other books would fit in but I thought the story was good at standing on its own. I really enjoyed reading the Guardian. Though I have to admit to shedding a few tears reading it. Their were parts in it that I laughed and smiled too.

Especially the pied piper when the two women realized they were following too. Both books I have read today brought tears. A mother's worst nightmare she can't find her little girl. After searching all around their house and property they figured she must have fallen out of the buggy and the other children were a sleep and did not see. The community right away start searching for the little girl they search and pray all night long.

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Jodi Winfield is house sitting for her cousin while they are on a vacation and taking care of their cat. Jodi is having a hard time getting over her sister Karen's death. She has stopped praying since it did not save her sister. She does not want to have children.

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Her fiance does want them and loves God. He is going to teach abroad for a year teaching english in Japan. Jodi is preparing to run in a marathon so she goes running and in the middle of nowhere finds a little girl a sleep on the side of the road in her underwear. The little girl wakes us and cries for her mama. Jodi finds no amber alert for a lost child. She does not understand the little girl. Jodi does pick her up and take her back to her cousin's house.

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She gives her first aid, a bath and some food. The little girl just clings to her. As Jodi is trying to get through to the police she gets a call from her boss telling her that she is being let go. Only a month before the new school year. Her cousin's husband she is housesitting for is a cop and suggests when he hears she speaks no english where the Bishop of the Amish lives and he might know where she belongs. Explains that they don't turn to police they stay seperate.

The Amish men search all night. Then take turns searching while others feed animals and return. So far they have found her dress and hair pins. The men are split on calling the English police or not. When Jodi finds the Amish school house Sarah recongizes where she is and points and Jodi going slow finds Sarah's house.

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Maryanna is a widow raising four children on her own. She is so grateful to have her daughter back home safe. She invites Jodi into her home for lunch. Sarah and the children call Jodi Sarah's Angel. Sarah does not want Jodi to leave. All the children are drawn to Jodi. It is a good story and blends both the Amish and English together. How they help each other in many ways. They are the answer to others prayers. Their is a lot of grieving talked about how each is different but some the same. Maryanna over loosing her husband.

Jodi getting over her sister's death. Just by sharing can make a difference in peoples lives. I would read Beverly's books in the future based on how much I liked the Guardian. I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it in return by Netgalley. Jodi takes the preschooler home with her, intending to find out where she belongs. But Jodi is mystified when no one seems to know of a missing child, and the girl herself is no help, since she can't speak a word of English.

It's as if the child appeared out of nowhere. As the days pass, Jodi becomes increasingly attached to the mysterious girl, yet she is no closer to learning her identity. Might the answers lie there Apr 01, Pathway Midland rated it really liked it. Widow Maryanna Esh and her four sleepy young children headed home in their buggy after a long day at an Amish auction. Upon arriving at home, 4 year old Sarah is no where to be found. After a quick search of the house and barn and surrounding homestead, help is enlisted from the surrounding Amish community.

On Widow Maryanna Esh and her four sleepy young children headed home in their buggy after a long day at an Amish auction. On an early morning jog, she finds a young child, scraped up and crying along the roadside. The child apparently speaks no English. After checking for missing person reports and then consulting with her cousin, she follows his advice and heads toward the home of the Hickory Hollow Amish bishop.

This begins a unique friendship between Jody and Maryanna. Her welcome and acceptance by the Amish community brings Jody unexpected healing, and she in turn is able to help out the community by taking an interim position teaching in the Amish schoolhouse until they can find a qualified Amish teacher. Appalled by nearly losing one of her children falling out of a buggy, Maryanna is pressured into accepting calls from Amish widowers by her parents and the community so she can provide her family with a stepfather who will better care for and protect them.

I enjoyed the fresh way Lewis portrayed the interaction between the two cultures in this third book of the Home to Hickory Hollow series, and also the chance to revisit much loved characters from the earlier books. Jun 25, Sarah Bailey rated it it was amazing Shelves: review-books , christian-fiction , amish-fiction , christian-romance , bethany-house. I love Beverly Lewis, she is one author who I hope to meet one day in real life and her books helped to really spur me to come back to the Father and re-dedicate my life to Him so when the third book in the Home to Hickory Hollow series was available to review I knew I had to read this one too.

The difference with The Guardian, I think was it I love Beverly Lewis, she is one author who I hope to meet one day in real life and her books helped to really spur me to come back to the Father and re-dedicate my life to Him so when the third book in the Home to Hickory Hollow series was available to review I knew I had to read this one too. The difference with The Guardian, I think was it seemed to have more substance to the characters — it took me a bit longer to finish this one than the other two. My heart broke for Maryanna as the whole community searched for her missing daughter and then my heart also struggled with Jodi as she tried to decide how she should deal with the little girl she found while out running.

Fav of the series so far. However, this was only the first several chapters. Then all is well with this little girl and the book turns into all about Jodi and school teachers--Amish vs. Jodi and Trent exchanged wedding vows in the newly painted white gazebo behind my house as my own husband, Joshua, and I and the children were privileged to witness the special love between our English friend and her adoring betrothed.

Ella Mae Zook had been invited, too, and she sat attentively on a wooden lawn chair in the yard, petting Honey Lou in her lap. My parents sat and observed curiously, as well, none of us ever having attended an English wedding. Wearing navy blue trousers and a white shirt and tie, Trent leaned down and sweetly kissed Jodi, who looked lovely in her simple wedding gown, just like the angel clothed in white who brought my Sarah home to us. The sun filtered through the gazebo slats above them, falling gently on their shoulders.

As for myself, I can say that marriage to Joshua is truly a joy. Honestly, I wish this kind of loving relationship for any woman yearning for a godly and loving lifemate. The Lord God had answered before I ever knew to ask. When he realized what I was doing and why, he reached for me—much too gently I must say—and took me into his arms to kiss me. My children have received the daily blessing of a loving stepfather, and when Joshua and I tuck them in each night, we see the contentment in their eyes and thank the dear Lord for erasing the loneliness and replacing it with such happiness.

Jodi and I exchange letters faithfully once a month, and I recently shared with her that Joshua sold his farm, thankfully to another Amish couple. Mar 24, paula rated it did not like it. This book didn't do it for me. The storyline about Sarah falling out of the buggy just made NO sense, and was a totally weak premise to hang the book on. A child in the back of a buggy with four other children falls out to the road, and no one, not even the other children, notices it? No one sees or hears anything? Sarah makes no sound as she hits the road?

Then her mother realizes Sarah is not in the buggy when they get home, but it doesn't occur to her to drive the road back the way they came, looking for Sarah? Instead, they have men looking around her HOME for the child. Also,why would Sarah, alone and lost in the night, take her dress off? I know that the Amish do speak German but for a child not to even be able to say her name in English, in an emergency, is ridiculous.

Then, Jodi finds the injured, half dressed child, and the first thing SHE does is take her home and give her a bath, not only ruining any evidence there might be of any kind of abuse, but very dodgy a thing for her to do as well. She never calls , but calls some non emergency police line, and never speaks to anyone. She calls her friend in Oregon to get his advice. It never occurs to her to get a police officer out there?

I didn't finish the book. Not interesting at all. Apr 01, Melissa rated it really liked it. It has been a long time since I have read anything by Beverly Lewis. I also haven't read any Amish books for a few years. No reason really, just busy reading other books. First, let's talk about the cover.


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Who could look at that cover and not be drawn in by the beautiful child? She captivated me before I even opened the book. Reading The Guardian reminded why I enjoyed reading Amish fiction. I love being swept away in the simple world of the Amish, that often isn't as simple as we think and you will discover if you read The Guardian. Oh, and I love when I can dig a Genesis out of a book and this book has one.


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When Sarah goes missing this could have been used to harm her mother, she could have grown angry at God but instead God uses that tragedy to bring Jodi Winfield into the Amish community. You will have to read the book to see what follows and how this is a Genesis Reading this book has made me hungry for more Amish fiction again.

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Beverly Lewis rarely disappoints and this book is no exception. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. View 1 comment. Nov 29, Laura rated it liked it. I wanted them to find each other. I give it 3. Not my favorite Beverly Lewis book Sep 10, Ginger rated it really liked it Shelves: all-series-bks , library-book , amish , christian-fiction , read , favs This is Book 3 in the Home to Hickory Hollow series and my favorite one yet!

As always, I'm fascinated with the Amish and their lifestyle.

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