The Guardian is the story of Jodi Winfield. She's house sitting for her cousin and his wife, living near Amish country. She's struggling with the death of her sister over a year ago, and she's also having disagreement with her fiance who has suddenly decided he would like to have children after they marry- despite a previous agreement. Jodi has moved far away from her relationship with God following the death of her sister, and the thought of praying and seeking God's will for her life seems daunting. When Jodi goes out for a morning run, she stumbles upon a lost child. Through her chance meeting, she is led to the Amish village nearby and then to a better understanding of God's work in her life.
In the beginning, I didn't think I was going to like the story. It moved a little slowly, and the events surrounding Jodi's discovery of Sarah didn't seem very believable. As I read though, I began to enjoy the book and really like the characters. Jodi was a likable heroine, and I was moved by her struggle with her grief for her sister. The Amish families that Jodi meets were also very likable and interesting characters. The culmination of the story was inspiring was moving. This was one I really enjoyed.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Booksellers across the country, and around the world, have spread the word of Beverly's tender tales of Plain country life. A clerk in a Virginia bookstore wrote, "Beverly's books have a compelling freshness and spark. You just don't run across writing like that every day. I hope she'll keep writing stories about the Plain people for a long, long time."
A member of the National League of American Pen Women, as well as a Distinguished Alumnus of Evangel University, Lewis has written over 80 books for children, youth, and adults, many of them award-winning. She and her husband, David, make their home in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, and spending time with their family. They are also avid musicians and fiction "book worms."
ABOUT THE BOOK
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?
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Guardian, go HERE.