Wednesday, March 20, 2013
What The Guardian (Hickory Hollow #3) is about:
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?
I've been reading Beverly Lewis' books for what seems like forever and I've never been disappointed with any of her stories. This is book three in the Hickory Hollow series and I had no problem enjoying it without reading one and two. With all of that being said, I did find this one lacking in any type of excitement (if that is a word that could be used to describe the Amish...probably not!). I like how Lewis usually takes something taboo or unacceptable in the Amish world and puts her characters smack dab in the middle of controversy. There wasn't any of that in this story and I just felt that it was drawn out and painfully slow.
Recommend? I'm on the fence. If you love Beverly's books then you would probably enjoy this one. I will still read The Fiddler and The Bridesmaid because I do love peeking into the Amish world. Beverly's written a ton of books that I've enjoyed so I won't quit reading her books because I have faith that the next one will be what I'm looking for!
Source: NetGalley/Bethany House Publishers
Six Sentence Bookish Thoughts #87
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