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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764209779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764209772
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 503 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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

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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.
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I was really excited to read this novel by Beverly Lewis as I really enjoy reading about "Amish" life, values, traditions, etc... I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and think it's a great & relaxing read. It wasn't one of the novels that you simply can't put down, but still, I enjoyed slowly reading through this delightfully sweet novel and would definitely recommend it to others who enjoy this genre. It's a book that can be passed on to your daughters without worry of innapropriate reading material/subject matter. A clean & pure novel for anyone to enjoy! :)
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Love of music and the Amish ways combine in the latest Beverly Lewis novel The Fiddler.

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.
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Earlier this month, my husband's parents came over to our house to do a bit a painting. His dad loves to keep busy and the two bathrooms on the second floor needed to be revamped a little bit. So they came and works on various things during that week. One day, after I finished homeschooling the kids I went upstairs and found my mother-in-love (I prefer this term instead of mother-in-law) was reading The Fiddler. She was totally engrossed in the story. It was a delight to see her reading it. I told her that she could read the book before me but at one condition. "What's that?", she asked. "Well, I need to write a review for it and you will have to tell me what you think of the novel when you are done.", I told her. "No problem." was her quick answer.

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.
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