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The Guardian (Home to Hickory Hollow #3)

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Must-Have Amish Fiction from #1 Bestselling Author Beverly Lewis

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 sh
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 2013 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2013)
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Very good book that deals with grief and how two very different women have dealt with it. Maryanna lost her husband in an accident leaving her to raise their four children without him. She has done very well but recent events have made her think that perhaps it is time to think of remarrying. When her youngest daughter goes missing she begins to question herself and the way she has been living her life. Her daughter's return by a young Englischer woman gives her a chance to help someone else. I ...more
Monica Friedlander
Jun 02, 2013 Monica Friedlander rated it did not like it
I wish there was a way to give 0 stars to a book. That's not because it's the worst book ever written (I'm sure there's plenty of competition for that) but because it's so misleading, nevermind pathetically predictable and filled with nothing but cliches. But the worst part is that it's presented to an unsuspected reader, who walks into a library and picks it up innocently, as a great mystery about a child that vanished. Then when the child is reunited with the family early on in the book, you a ...more
Rhonda Gayle
Apr 17, 2013 Rhonda Gayle rated it it was amazing
Beverly Lewis is a fixture among Amish fiction authors and I was thrilled to have the chance to read The Guardian. Little Sarah and her siblings view the Englischer, Jodi Winfield, as a guardian angel who saved her. This is a wonderful book that blends the two worlds as Jodi is "adopted" into the Amish family and community of Hickory Hollow. I felt envious of Jodi as I would love to be able to live among the Amish in an actual Amish home and feel that same peace, quiet, and solitude.
Jodi has ex
Nov 29, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
THE GUARDIAN is book three in Ms. Lewis’ Home to Hickory Hollow series, but it easily stands alone. This was kind of a hard book to read from a mother’s stand-point. I understand how the Amish mom accidentally lost her child—kind of—but why she didn’t hear her cry when she fell out of the buggy, I don’t get. It broke my heart when the girl’s mom lost the child of her heart. I wanted them to find each other.

It was sweet watching Jodi learn to interact with a small child, especially when she’s so
Mar 20, 2013 Rhonda rated it really liked it
The Guardian (Home to Hickory Hollow #3) 4 stars

This is my first book that I have read in Home to Hickory Hollow. I can see how the other books would fit in but I thought the story was good at standing on its own.

I really enjoyed reading the Guardian. Though I have to admit to shedding a few tears reading it.Their were parts in it that I laughed and smiled too. Especially the pied piper when the two women realized they were following too. Both books I have read today brought tears.

A mother's wor
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
{For those just joining us: I'll be seeing/meeting the very talented author, Beverly Lewis, on April 7th for her book every Monday & Friday we'll post a review of one of her books! Starting the 10th of March and ending the 7th of April. So, more reviews of awesome books!}
We're on day 8 of the count down!

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“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
Pathway Midland
Apr 01, 2013 Pathway Midland rated it really liked it
Widow Maryanna Esh and her four sleepy young children headed home in their buggy after a long day at an Amish auction. Upon arriving at home, 4 year old Sarah is no where to be found. After a quick search of the house and barn and surrounding homestead, help is enlisted from the surrounding Amish community. An all night search of the surrounding fields and roads only turns up Sarah’s rumpled clothing.

Laid off elementary teacher Jodi Winfield is house sitting for her cousin in Lancaster, PA. On a
I love Beverly Lewis, she is one author who I hope to meet one day in real life and her books helped to really spur me to come back to the Father and re-dedicate my life to Him so when the third book in the Home to Hickory Hollow series was available to review I knew I had to read this one too. I’ve read The Fiddler and The Bridesmaid, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed so I was happy to return and meet some new characters and ‘see’ some old ones. The difference with The Guardian, I think was it ...more
Jan 26, 2014 Lindsay rated it liked it
Pretty standard for a Beverly Lewis book. I have read and re-read every single one of her books. I have an unhealthy obsession with the Amish, and it doesn't help that I live in Philadelphia, so I get excited by place names and roads that get named-dropped.

I really like how this Hickory Hollow series is stand-alone stories that have characters you know pop in and out. I started reading Beverly Lewis with Katie's series, and I liked how the October Song short stories brought you back to Hickory
Apr 01, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
It has been a long time since I have read anything by Beverly Lewis. The first book I read by her was The Covenant from Abram's Daughter series and I fell in love with those characters. I also haven't read any Amish books for a few years. No reason really, just busy reading other books.

First, let's talk about the cover. Who could look at that cover and not be drawn in by the beautiful child? She captivated me before I even opened the book.

Reading The Guardian reminded why I enjoyed reading Amish
Molly Cline
Sep 04, 2015 Molly Cline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 3 of the "Home to Hickory Hollow" series; but you do not have to read these in any type of order and can be read as independent reads. They do refer to other characters in the other books but not so much as main characters and carry on the storylines.

In this book I would recommend to anyone that is in mourning and feels 'lost' without their loved one. One character is mourning the loss of her sister, another her husband and another his wife. They all find their way in not only life
This is Book 3 in the Home to Hickory Hollow series and my favorite one yet! As always, I'm fascinated with the Amish and their lifestyle. This story is two-fold: one focuses on Jodi, an Englischer, who finds Sarah after she takes a tumble from the family carriage and becomes lost. The other focuses on Sarah's mother, Maryanna, who's widowed and has mixed feelings on ever marrying again. This book spoke to me on a personal level, as far as losing someone. The Wise Woman in this story seemed to s ...more
Apr 01, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it
I think I enjoyed this book more than any of Beverly's other books. I could relate to the pain the mother of the little girl felt, I also was drawn into the attraction of Jodi, to little Sarah. That was the drawing point for me. I could relate to the characters. I cried and laughed as I read along. I have to say my favorite line in the entire book, was the one where the young bride told her groom if he wanted a hot breakfast, she could set his cornflakes on fire. I laughed until I cried on that ...more
Apr 24, 2013 Dawn rated it it was amazing
One more fantastic book written by Beverly Lewis. Story taken from headlines and wonderfully portrayed in this book. This book teaches that no matter what we all have guardian angels looking after us whether they be earth bound or spiritual ones. Must read for all who love Amish fiction.
Nov 19, 2014 Stephanie rated it liked it
not bad... a little slow... sweet at the end.
Nov 01, 2016 Monkeyface rated it it was amazing
Listened to The Guardian (Home to Hickory Hollow #3) by Beverly Lewis
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 s
Vickie Morgan
Jun 17, 2017 Vickie Morgan rated it it was amazing
This book had all I needed to want to never put it down, suspense and romance! Then in the middle of it it all there is the peace and tranquility of Hickory Hollow. The countryside was so quiet that I could hear the clippity clop of the horse buggies on the lane through the pages.

I fell in love with the both of the characters Jodi and Maryanna. They both were strong willed but were willing to listen to instruction and guidance. Each one going through a different struggle but making it through w
Oct 20, 2016 Tina rated it it was amazing
I do not give out 5-star ratings easily - but this was one of the best Amish romances I have read to date! I definitely would recommend this book to those who enjoy reading about the lives of the Amish.
May 09, 2013 Kristin rated it it was amazing
It’s no secret that I love returning to Hickory Hollow and I will do so any chance that I get! Each new book that comes out—I rush through until I get to the parts with Ella Mae. I just love her and I can’t get enough of her wisdom! I adore the spunk and tenacity that she possesses. Of course, the main plot is always fantastic as well. Beverly Lewis is an author that never disappoints her readers.

Jodi is a young woman struggling to piece together her life after losing her sister. While her pa
Jan 23, 2013 Deneé rated it really liked it
The third book in the Home to Hickory Hollow series, The Guardian, is about rediscovering love and faith. This book can easily be read out of series as a stand alone as, like the previous two books, it is a separate story with a separate plot. Maryanne is an amish mother who has suffered great loss with the death of her husband, but also more recently with the disappearance of her youngest child, Sarah. Jodi, who has also suffered great loss with the death of her only sister, is a modern woman, ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Beverly Lewis is well-known for creating exceptional characters for us to get to know and enjoy and once more she delights her readers in taking us back to Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania in her third book, The Guardian. Hickory Hollow is place where the Amish people live and dwell among the English, but separate themselves based on their religious beliefs. When tragedy befalls the community, they will rally together as a community to support and work through whatever issues they need to overcome a ...more
Jan 03, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it
This lovely story is a Christian fiction novel – I was a bit dubious at first, being a Pagan I was uncertain to how much religion was going to be in the book. I think it is fair to worry about such things when one does not follow the religion in a book, or is not religious at all. After all, there are books in this genre that all but shove the religious aspect down the throat of the reader.

I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this story. The author does not overwhelm
Apr 23, 2013 Louise rated it really liked it
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Baker Publishing Group|March 26, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-7642-0979-6

When schoolteacher Jodi Winfield goes for a morning run, the last thing she expects to find is 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 he

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Beverly Lewis’ latest book The Guardian, I have to say, starts out slow. As the blurb says, The Guardian is about Jodi finding a 4-year-old girl while out on her morning run. However, it takes several drawn-out chapters of inner-dialoge – both from Jodi’s point-of-view and that of the child’s mother Maryanna – just to get to the point where Jodi finds the girl.
Oct 30, 2013 Paula-O rated it it was amazing
A new series Home to Hickory Hollow with book #3"The Guardian" by Beverly Lewis

I was honored to see this author when she came to Statesboro Ga on book tour for this book, she is such a quiet genteel woman just as I assumed she would be. I have read many of her books and this one was just as good as the others, she tells the amish stories well.

A little different this time we see an english person coming into the amish area to house-sit for friends and she spies a very young girl all dirty and wit
Linda Walters
Sep 07, 2013 Linda Walters rated it really liked it
One of my favorite Amish stories, so far.
This is a story that I wanted to read for some time now. When I was offered a short list of books to choose from to read and write a review for, I chose this one. This author is so popular, it makes her books go really fast and I didn't get it. But I did keep an eye on it regularly and when it went on sale on Amazon, I grabbed it. But I was almost afraid to read it. Yes, silly I know but I was kind of afraid of being disappointed if I didn't like it. Its
Lindsey Silvestrini
Apr 02, 2013 Lindsey Silvestrini rated it really liked it
The Guardian had me hooked from page one. I don’t usually expect so much action from an Amish novel so I was pleasantly surprised. A little girl going missing is not something I ever thought I’d read in an Amish book. It instantly made my heart stop because I have a daughter around the same age and I had to know what happened to her!

I was a little bit frustrated when I got all into the story of the missing Sarah and then the next chapter started a completely different story with a new character,
Gayle Pace
May 09, 2013 Gayle Pace rated it it was amazing

With the loss of her husband and now her daughter, Sarah is missing, Maryanne is not new to grief. With the loss of her only sister, Jodi is angry with God, She is now house sitting for her friends in Lancaster, PA. She goes out for her morning jog and is surprised when she finds a little girl. She finally locates the little girl's mother in Hickory Hollow. The author puts in such wonderful details about the characters and the surroundings Ms. Lewis shows how the characters deal with the
May 28, 2013 kim rated it liked it
I don’t read a lot of Amish fiction, but I do enjoy reading it occasionally. While it can be a bit predictable at times, it is usually a light read with a happy ending, and I learn a bit about the Amish way of life. There is usually a romance involved and at least one of the parties is toying with the idea of leaving the ‘plain people’ ways behind and setting off for the world of the ‘English’.

This book was a little bit different. This time there is no Amish person in crises, considering leavin
Dec 14, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it
The Guardian is the third book in Beverly Lewis's Home to Hickory Hollow Series. Jodi Winfield is a schoolteacher out for a morning run when she finds a little girl, alone, dirty, and in her underwear. Jodi gets the girl to her home, to find out where she lives and other details to find out that the little girl doesn't speak English. Jodi asks around her neighborhood and no one knows of a missing child. Jodi finds an attachment to this little one almost instantly and still has no idea who she is ...more
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Beverly Lewis, raised in Pennsylvania Amish country and both a schoolteacher and an accomplished musician, has been an award-winning author for over a dozen years. Her acclaimed novel, The Preacher's Daughter, was a 2006 Quill Book Award finalist in the romance category. Her books have appeared on numerous best
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Home to Hickory Hollow (5 books)
  • The Fiddler (Home to Hickory Hollow #1)
  • The Bridesmaid (Home to Hickory Hollow, #2)
  • The Secret Keeper (Home to Hickory Hollow #4)
  • The Last Bride (Home to Hickory Hollow, #5)

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