Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Guardian



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.

My Review:

A profound story that will reach beyond the pages and wrap itself around your heart. Lewis is a master storyteller and she has taken readers back to that magical place of her imagination, Hickory Hollow. I still feel the peace of the community settled over me. I love how the author manages to evoke 'memories' in my mind. I become so immersed in the story that I am convinced I know the people and places I am reading about.

Lewis moved me to tears at the end. Good tears -- joyful ones full of hope and the thrill of God's majesty. Jodi's journey touched me in a compelling way. A story revolving around a complex struggle that gradually simplifies as she is drawn closer to one special Amish family. There is such tenderness and care in the writing. And divine truths abound amidst two intriguing romances. Simply a brilliant read.

Giveaway Opportunity:
If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Guardian, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 7 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. Your description of "a profound story" and "a brilliant read" have me intrigued. Count me in, Kav! :)

  2. I'm a long time fan of Beverly Lewis, needless to say, I cannot wait to read this one. Please enter me.

    mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net

  3. Glad I could intrigue you, Cheryl. :-) Lewis is one intriguing writer. Good luck!

    Michelle -- don't wait long -- it's such a moving story. Happy goosebumps. Good luck!

  4. I love Beverly's books, thank you for the chance to win her newest one.


  5. Beverly is a fine distinguished writer and this appears to be another thrilling story to read with a box of tissues. Thanks for this wonderful chance to win a great read.

    In Christian Joy,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

  6. Good luck Wendy!

    Box of tissues would have been good for me to have, that's for sure, Barbara! Good luck!

  7. I don't read much Amish fiction, I often find it all seems the same or runs together for me, but I make an exception for Beverly Lewis. In my mind she is the first and best writer of this genre! In fact I have one of her books in my TBR stack right now.


  8. Patty, this one is very different as well. A captivating story for sure. Good luck!

  9. This one sounds like a great way to get back into Beverly's amazing novels. I have been busy reading novels for review, so have not escaped into one of hers for a while. Thanks for the chance to win,Kav


  10. Interesting cover...I'd love to try it! Thanks for the giveaway. :)


  11. You've got me wondering what will happen with the little girl! Love to read this!

  12. Thank you for your review, Kav! Would like to read The Guardian and hope I win a copy! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  13. Kav, thanks for another wonderful review! Beverly Lewis is an icon in Amish fiction, and doesn't disappoint. Thank you for offering a giveaway of The Guardian!

  14. Beverly was the first Amish author I started to read!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

  15. Beverly Lewis is a great writer of Amish fiction. Just seeing the cover made me want to take care of the child. Want to find out why the little girl was there. What happened?


  16. Kav, your review is so moving, I know I would love to read this book. Thank you for offering a copy.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

  17. thanks for the chance to read this story, kav.

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  18. I read the first book in this series and really enjoyed it, though I'm not a huge fan of Amish books. The cover of The Guardian just pulls me in: the little girl with the big eyes and sweet expression. The story sounds interesting as well. I'd love to win a copy, so thanks for the chance.


  19. I adore Christian Amish fiction. Thanks for sharing her new book!
    colorvibrant (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. Good luck Heidi, Pam and Karen!

  21. Beverly Lewis is a wonderful author, would love to win this one so count me in. rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

  22. I love Beverly's books! They were some of the first Christian fiction books I read.


  23. We have Beverly's books in the church library. I would love to add this book to our collection.
    Janet E.