CFBA- The Guardian by Beverly Lewis

Leah Courtney
I'm very excited to post some reviews for the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. My first book to review was Amish fiction by Beverly Lewis.

I've read several of Lewis's Amish fiction books before and have enjoyed her style of writing. Amish fiction isn't my favorite genre, but I have enjoyed reading Beverly Lewis.

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.

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Guardian
Bethany House Publishers (March 26, 2013)
Beverly Lewis


Beverly's first venture into adult fiction is the best-selling trilogy, The Heritage of Lancaster County, including The Shunning, a suspenseful saga of Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman drawn to the modern world by secrets from her past. The book is loosely based on the author's maternal grandmother, Ada Ranck Buchwalter, who left her Old Order Mennonite upbringing to marry a Bible College student. One Amish-country newspaper claimed Beverly's work to be "a primer on Lancaster County folklore" and offers "an insider's view of Amish life."

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."


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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Guardian, go HERE.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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