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A sweet story set amidst the Amish
on April 19, 2012
Beverly Lewis' latest addition to the world of Amish fiction features beautifully developed characters who struggle with very real dilemmas like many of us face - such as how to reconcile our own hopes and dreams with what others seem to expect of us. I loved the unique background of Amelia, who is an extremely talented musician who has spent her life fulfilling her father's dreams of her becoming a world-renowned classical violin player, while feeling a call to a simpler life and the lure of fiddling. As a music lover myself, I really felt an affinity with Amelia and her love for music, and found the scenes centred around her music to be very enjoyable. Also, the development of the feelings between Amelia and Michael make for a sweet story set against the backdrop of the joys and struggles of being Amish. I have to say, however, that I found that the story did not hold my interest like prior novels from Beverly Lewis have, and I kept waiting for more action in the plot line. Despite that, I appreciated the wisdom sown through-out the story, especially from the "wise woman" Ella Mae. I appreciated her words to Amelia when she reminds her "There's only one person ya need to think about ever pleasin'....the Lord God above". These are words to take to heart, when we can become consumed with what others think of us. Freedom comes from knowing that it's only God we must please...and he loves us no matter what.
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.