Fiddler, The TP Paperback – Apr 10 2012
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I studied my reflection in the mirror over the sink. Clean-shaven...blond hair cropped just below my ears, with the usual old-fashioned bangs. I looked like all the other young Amishmen I knew. And it made me feel even more lost.
Deserting the mirror, I went to kneel beside one of the bunks in the main room. "Hear my prayer for guidance, O God," I whispered, feeling guilty as I was reminded of my disobedience to the wishes of my parents. Could I expect my prayers to reach past the ceiling?
A single gas lantern brightened the gloom. There was really no need for the lantern when the cabin had electricity, but having my old lantern from home reminded me of the very thing that had brought me to this momentous day. Because I knew full well if I continued to walk the fence, I might end up on the other side--the outside, looking in. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From the Back Cover
Come home to Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania--the beloved setting where Beverly Lewis's celebrated Amish novels began--with new characters and new stories of drama, romance, and the ties that draw people together.
A wrong turn in a rainstorm leads Englisher Amelia Devries to Michael Hostetler--and the young Amishman's charming Old Order community of Hickory Hollow. Despite their very different backgrounds, Amelia and Michael both feel hemmed in by the expectations of others and struggle with how to find room for their own hopes. And what first seems to be a chance encounter might just change their lives forever.
"Lewis's presentation of Amish life portrays the advantages and disadvantages of a community with definite rules and a solidarity that can be both enviable and constraining. The musical motifs offer welcome variation on very familiar Amish themes that Lewis renders in virtuoso style. This opens the Home to Hickory Hollow series, but stands alone nicely." --Publishers Weekly
Top Customer Reviews
Fans of Amish fiction will no doubt enjoy returning to Hickory Hollow under the hand of Beverly Lewis. For myself, I mildly recommend this book and give it 3 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Amelia Devries, the main character, finds herself stuck in the country in a rainstorm after losing her way from performing the opening act in a Tim McGraw concert. The fact that she''s really a classical violinist and is hiding her fiddling junkets from her parents and boyfriend helps us see that Amelia's musically successful life isn''t as satisfying as one would expect.
That stormy night she meets Michael Hostetler, an Amish rebel who faces similar challenges in that others have his future all planned and mapped out. The friendship that begins when she accepts his offer of shelter during the storm blossoms after he invites her to experience his Amish community of Hickory Hollow for the weekend. She soon sees that under the idyllic surface of Amish life are relationships and problems as complex as those she faces.
One of the book''s most interesting features for me was seeing the Amish ways and lifestyle through Amelia''s eyes, while being aware, through Michael's, of how her Englishness offends the members of the Amish community. It is a revealing juxtaposition.
I also enjoyed the way Lewis portrays Amelia the musician. Lewis speaks, in the Author''s Note, of being a musician herself. That familiarity with music and how it feels to play the violin comes across in more than one lyrical passage.
I also liked the way the two main characters work through issues of discovering their personal destinies within a cast of characters who are full of strong opinions, and the role that faith in God plays in coming to those decisions.Read more ›
So that night she left the house and brought the book with her. She had already told me that from the beginning of the book the author catch the reader to want to continue to read more of the story. This past Tuesday, they drove with my husband to Toronto and apparently she was reading it while travelling because she wanted to finish it.
So you might be wondering what she thought of the book right? Here's her comments:
"The Fiddler book sweeps the reader of honest emotions and romance. The author puts it words so well because this book leaps and flies as you are reading. It is definitively a book you don't want to put down. I consider this a brilliant novel that is realistic,entertaining and very readable. I enjoyed it all the way from beginning to end. Bravo to Beverly Lewis."
I am pleased that she enjoyed reading it. Knowing her taste and seeing that she gave a rave review for it, I also know that I will enjoy this book when I get it back.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I have not read a book written by Beverly Lewis that I didn't really enjoy and this is no exception. Thank you BeverlyPublished 4 months ago by Joanne Boyce
I gave this book as a gift to my mother and she really enjoyed it.Published 5 months ago by Betty Gelean
Love Beverly Lewis. Great for a cold winter day & couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.Published on Jan. 18 2014 by Wanda L. Coxon
By Beverly Lewis
Another fantastic Amish novel from the author who gave birth to this popular genre in 1997! Read more