Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Fiddler



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.

My Review:

While this is the first in a new series, I have the feeling that Lewis fans will recognize Hickory Hollow and some of its engaging residents. Though I'm not well-versed in Lewis' other works (a sad fact I intend to remedy immediately) I was quickly enamored with a few wonderful secondary characters. I'm betting that readers who have already made their acquaintance will be thrilled to renew it in The Fiddler.

The story starts in the midst of emotional turmoil for both Amelia and Michael and Lewis just keeps on upping the angst all the way through. Both are from extremely different backgrounds but are struggling with the same issue -- how to remain true to themselves in the face of parental expectations. This constant inner battle makes for a fascinating read -- as does their immediate attraction for one another. I was torn through the whole book not knowing how I wanted it to end -- or if I ever wanted it to end!

I do know one thing though -- I'm definitely in love with Hickory Hollow and intend to visit it again soon!

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Fiddler please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Remember to put the title in the address line so that it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 22. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


  1. Count me in for the giveaway!

  2. Consider yourself counted, Kristin!

  3. Please add me in the giveaway!


  4. Lewis is one of my favorite authors, count me in!

  5. I'm glad to hear that you will be reading more of Ms. Lewis's books in the future! I always love your reviews because they get right to the point :)

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com


  6. I've loved Beverly Lewis's books for years! Please enter me! Thank you!


  7. You're entered, Diana! Good luck!

  8. I would love a paperback print copy of "The Fiddler" by Beverly Lewis!

  9. With all the Amish fiction published in the last few years, Beverly Lewis is still the best in my mind!


  10. I agree with Patty, Beverly Lewis is one of my favorite authors! I've been following her since her first book. I'd love to have a chance to win a copy of "The Fiddler." Thanks for the giveaway.


  11. Beverly Lewis is the author who got me hooked on Amish fiction! Thank you Beverly. I have read every single one of her books and I'm looking forward to reading "The Fiddler". It would be a pleasure to win a copy of this book.

    I must add that I have met Beverly in person in Shipshewana, Indiana at a bookstore. Her daughter was with her. Both were a pleasure to meet. Very sweet and extremely nice.


  12. I'd love to win Beverly's new book! Love and have read many of hers. Thank you for the entry. Have a blessed day!



  13. would love to read beverly's latest novel...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  14. I always enjoy reading Beverly Lewis's books and this sounds like it should be another great read. I would love the opportunity to be able to read this book so please enter my name in the draw....

    zabook at tpg dot com dot au

    Many thanks.

  15. Please include me for The Fiddler, love the cover!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  16. I'm not a huge fan of Amish fiction but I saw the trailer for this book and decided I'd really like to read it. There is an interesting dynamic that intrigues me. Thanks for giving away a copy of The Fiddler.


  17. I have read and enjoyed past Beverly Lewis books. Please enter me thanks.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  18. Wow -- look at all these Beverly Lewis fans! And Judy, how neat that you got to meet her!

    Good luck everyone!

  19. Thank you for this awesome giveaway, I would love to be entered :)

  20. Please enter me in this giveaway! I really enjoyed Beverly's Rose Trilogy.