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By the Queen of Amish Fiction, Beverley Lewis, Jodi's journey of discovery begins with embracing an abandoned child

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Returning readers of ‘Home to Hickory Hollow’ to the idyllic Lancaster County in the Amish Country of Pennsylvania state, Beverley Lewis continues the saga with new characters, new drama, new intrigue and warm new romance.

Mayanna knows what it is to trust in God. Caring for her parents and now raising her children alone after the farming accident that took away her husband, she has neither the time nor reason to search for love.

Then on a long night’s journey, with her children sleepily enduring the bumpy buggy ride home a mother’s worst night mare is realised. On arriving home, Mayanna finds that youngest daughter, Sarah, is missing – fallen from the buggy somewhere on the road and nowhere to be found. Hope, faith and prayer are again her only refuge.

Heartbroken teacher, Jodi Winfield, has come to Lancaster to house-sit. The last thing she expects to find is a dishevelled little girl alone on the side of the road. Yet there have been no reports of a missing child, and, being from the German speaking Amish community, the girl herself cannot speak English. This is a child from nowhere.

Then Jodi knows she must set about finding the girl’s family and returning her home, yet she is becoming increasingly attached to the mysterious girl and is no closer to learning her identity. Then an unexpected opportunity brings Jodi to Hickory Hollow and the secretive world of the Lancaster Old Order Amish.

The Guardian by Beverly Lewis was published by Baker in May 2013 and is our 17465th best seller. The ISBN for The Guardian is 9780764209796.

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Publisher's Description

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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In the featured video on this page you’ll see Beverley Lewis in the heart of  Lancaster County’s Amish Country; the beloved setting of novel series, Hickory Hollow. Beverley invites you accompany her on a tour of some of the places that feature in her book ‘The Guardian’. First is the ‘Bird in Hand’ Bakeshop – a gathering place for tourists and Amish alike, She introduces you Shoofly Pie, which her horrified mother watched aghast as the young Beverley poked through its stick inside looking for – flies.

Next the author takes you to the scene of the annual Bird in Hand half marathon where Amish children provide much appreciated refreshment to the runners; the women in long dresses and tennis shoes. Then there’s the school where Marryanna takes up her post as substitute teacher, and trains for her part as a runner up and down the traffic free roads and lanes… with unexpected consequences.

But the key location for this novel is the county’s roads and lanes themselves. It’s here that Beverley saw an Amish child leaning from a horse drawn buggy and wondered what would happen if a child fell unnoticed into the night. This is how the story begins.

Endorsements

“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.” Other Retailer’s Reviewer.

“I rate this one a powerful 5 out of 5 stars. This is the third book in the Home to Hickory Hollow Series, with the first, The Fiddler and then followed by The Bridesmaid. Beverly Lewis first introduced us to the setting of Hickory Hollow in her acclaimed best selling novel, The Shunning which was later turned into a movie to the delight of readers everywhere.” - Other Retailer’s Reviewer.

"I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading "The Guardian" but I did know it would be good because it was written by Beverly Lewis! This book made me feel all sorts of emotions which means it was good. To read about Jodi's journey unfolding at the same time as Maryanna's and how these two strangers become friends because of little Sarah makes for a great read!" - Other Retailer’s Reviewer.

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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?

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.

About Beverley Lewis:

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, has more than 17 million books in print. Her stories have been published in 11 languages and have regularly appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today. Seven of her blockbuster novels have received the Gold Book Award for sales over 500,000, and The Brethren won a 2007 Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, making music, and spending time with their family.

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Page last updated 3rd July 2015
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBaker (May 2013)
Weight363g
Number of Pages352
Thickness28 mm
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
ISBN9780764209796
ISBN-100764209795
Product Code4055278
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