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The Guardian (Home to Hickory Hollow #3)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  1,651 ratings  ·  201 reviews
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 s
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 2013 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2013)
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Rhonda Gayle
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
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
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
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
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
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!}
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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
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
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
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
Pathway Midland
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
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
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
Aly Abell
From the book description, you can see that this book describes what happens when "English" Jodi finds a lost Amish child. But the main theme of the book actually centers around the relationship between Jodi and Maryanna, the mother of the lost girl. Jodi recently lost her only sister to cancer, and she is now losing her faith. Maryanna struggles with the challenges of raising several children following the death of her husband. The two women manage to help each other in several significant ways ...more
This story of a young child who falls out of her mother's buggy. She was found by a young women who was house sitting for her cousin and running in preparation of a marathon finds. She takes the child home and on the advise of her cousin drive to Hickory Hollow to return the child to their Bishop but the young girl directs her home. The love affair with the children in this household and the thankful of the mother for Jodi's finding and returning her child, sits the stage for Jodi who had proble ...more
Janet Poppema
This was not my favorite book in the series, by far. The synopsis on the back indicated that a little Amish girl goes missing and an "Englisher" finds her. While this is true, that plot point is quickly over (before page 70 or so, if I am not mistaken).

The rest of the book seems to plod along, with both the Englisher and Amish heroines working through their various concerns over getting married (or remarried, as the case may be). It is not until the last 2 chapters or so that things are resolve
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.
not bad... a little slow... sweet at the end.
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
Jodi Winfield's life is falling apart. She's grieving the death of her only sister, her fiancé is going away for a year to teach in Japan; add, she and Trent are having pre-wedding problems, and her relationship with God leaves something to be desired.
When she is out for her daily run she finds a little girl, clad only in her undergarments, on the side of the road. But no one seems to know of a missing child.
Then an unexpected opportunity brings Jodi to Hickory Hollow and into the world of the O
The Guardian has rekindled my love for Beverly Lewis Books (I first met her through the Shunning series). A young unemployed teacher house sitting for a friend in the Lancaster area of Pennsylvania happens upon a little girl, bruised and lost near some fields in Amish country. The child, unable to speak English, and only knows the Penn Dutch dialect, communicates as children do, through trust and love and touches the life of the teacher in many ways. This has become a quick favorite for me, and ...more
I enjoyed reading about the intersection of two worlds, that of the Amish Esh family and of Jodi, a young teacher without a job who, after a family tragedy, is questioning her Christian faith. When Jodi finds the Esh family's lost toddler, she finds herself intrigued with the Amish values and lifestyle and the Esh family and community are surprisingly accepting of an outsider.

It was interesting to learn that this novel was inspired by the actual incident of an Amish toddler falling out of a bugg
This is the third installment in the Him to Hickory Hollow series, and it is my favorite so far. It starts out with a frightening disappearance which is --thankfully-- quickly resolved. I enjoyed all the characters in the story, and I am again in awe of the purposeful life lived in Hickory Hollow. There is great appeal in the simple lifestyle given our busy "English" lives. Though I don't ascribe to many of their beliefs, I am also impressed by their commitment to God and the responsibility each ...more
Melissa Hyder
I recently received a complimentary copy of The Guardian by Beverly Lewis. I was a little nervous going into this book, because it is book 3 in the Home to Hickory Hollow series, and I haven't read any of the other books in the series. I didn't feel like I missed out on anything by not reading the first two books in the series. At times, I even forgot that this was the third book in a series.

I really enjoyed the story line of this book. I find the Amish culture to be fascinating, and I believe B
Debbie Phillips
Sep 23, 2014 Debbie Phillips rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians - high school to adult that like clean Christian romance
Loved it.
Great story, as usual from Beverly Lewis.
Great topics/message from the Bible and from a moral living group of characters.
Great love story.

This one was gripping. A lost Amish girl who falls out of the buggy. A lost woman who is hurting from the death of her sister. A grieving man and woman who have both lost spouses.

Redemption, Faith, Finding what is lost, Grieving, Healing, Anger with God, Love, Reaching out to others... a GREAT story.

"'Have ya ever thought it's not what we think we o
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
Jordan Mierek
I received a copy of THE GUARDIAN by Beverly Lewis from Bethany House. It is the third book in Home to Hickory Hollow series. I have not read the others, but I will definitely look for them now. I have read multiple other titles by Beverly Lewis and enjoyed each one, so I knew THE GUARDIAN would be a treat. Her down-to-Earth Amish books transport you to a simpler, pleasant lifestyle. She also shows us new glimpses into the Amish lifestyle. For example, I had not realized Amish men and women part ...more
Jodi is a schoolteacher who has been downsized by her school district. Needing to get away for a while, she agrees to housesit for her friends in Lancaster. While out for her morning run, she finds a little girl on the side of the road. At first thinking the child may have been abandoned, she realizes the child may be Amish when she discovers the little girl does not speak English. After returning the child to her home, Jodi finds herself attached to the Lancaster Old Order Amish community. Will ...more
The Guardian, by Beverly Lewis, is the third in her new Home to Hickory Hollow series.

Jodi Winfield has come to Lancaster to house-sit for her cousin and his wife while they’re on vacation. While out jogging she comes across a little girl asleep on the side of the road. She searches for missing child alerts, but finds none, and tries to reach her cousin, who is also a policeman. The little girl only speaks German, so she can’t communicate with Jodi about where she is from or how she got there.

Maureen Timerman
When Jodi Winfield goes for her morning run,she happens upon a little girl. The Child does not have any shoes and is dressed only in her underwear. Can you imagine, the child also has a big bruise on her forehead...I would be calling the police.
In the end she cleans up the little darling, and from her friend, figures out she is Amish. She puts the little one in the I might be thinking people will think she kidnapped this child? Anyway, even though the little one does not speak English,
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

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)
The Shunning (The Heritage of Lancaster County, #1) The Covenant (Abram's Daughters, #1) The Betrayal (Abram's Daughters, #2) The Sacrifice (Abram's Daughters, #3) The Prodigal (Abram's Daughters, #4)

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