Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Guardian by Beverly Lewis

Little Sarah Esh tumbles out of her family's buggy one summer evening--and wanders right into the heart of Jodi Winfield, an Englischer from Vermont.

Jodi is emotionally and spiritually lost after the death of her sister, and she and her fiance' seem to be drifting apart. She pounds the pavement as a long distance runner, letting the rhythmic pace sooth her weary soul. She just can't seem to outrun her grief.

Maryanna Esh, Sarah's widowed mother, is beside herself with worry when she realizes that Sarah is missing. She endures an endless night of worry and panic--she lost her beloved husband to an accident, will she also lose her precious child? 

Beverly Lewis lovingly crafts the third book in the Home to Hickory Hollow series. Every time I read one of Beverly's books I'm sure that it's my favorite...then she writes another.

Beverly writes with clarity and compassion. Her characters are both real and likable. I find myself living out their situations right alongside. Their faith journey becomes my faith journey-- sometimes that's just what my weary soul needs.

Please read on for more information from the publisher!

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.

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