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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Guardian...Review

About the book:
When schoolteacher Jodi Winfield goes for a morning run, the last thing she expects is to find a disheveled little girl all alone on the side of the Pennsylvania road, clad only in her undergarments, her chubby cheeks streaked with tears. 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. Then an unexpected opportunity brings Jodi to Hickory Hollow--and into the cloistered world of the Lancaster Old Order Amish. Might the answers lie there?

Mourning her sister's death, Jodi has convinced herself that she doesn't want children. Loving her anyway, her fiance agrees to never have children even as he has strong desires for them.  While Jodi is house sitting for her cousin in Lancaster county, she discovers a lost toddler, all alone on the road.  Jodi takes her home and bonds in a way she could never have anticipated.  As she turns to the Amish community to find out to which family the child belongs, she finds her life changed yet again as she discovers faith and friendship.

I love Amish stories that blend the Amish with the Englisch.  Jodi was a terrific character and I just loved her.  Maryanna was amazing and their friendship was something special.  I enjoyed this story, I enjoyed these characters and I loved revisiting Hickory Hollow.

Third in the Home to Hickory Hollow series, this story stands alone just fine.

Thanks to Bethany House for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Beverly Lewis here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 7/13

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4/5 Stars

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