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The Fiddler

(Home to Hickory Hollow #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  4,330 ratings  ·  446 reviews
New from #1 Bestselling Author Beverly Lewis

Amelia "Amy" DeVries, a 24-year-old violinist, is disillusioned with life and love after the collapse of her long-running romance. Weary of endless rehearsals and performances, Amy sets out on a road trip through the Pennsylvania mountains. She leaves her cell phone behind so life's demands can't intrude on her solitude. She does
Paperback, 327 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jill I realize this is a series, but if it is the only one you read, you would still enjoy it. You would be missing out on the progress of some of the…moreI realize this is a series, but if it is the only one you read, you would still enjoy it. You would be missing out on the progress of some of the characters unless you read the series. I have read #4 and just finished #1. Hope to get #s 2 and 3 soon. # 5 us waiting in my library book bag!(less)

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Meh. 2.5 stars

Not my type of read.

Not going to summarize, just point out what I liked and what didn't care for.


Decent story
Relatively sweet
Great hero
Amish setting

Didn't like:

Heroine was spineless and weak willed. Had too many TSTL momments..
Neither H nor h fought for the other, though the H grew some balls and eventually went after her.
H & h spent little to NO time together in the whole book.
Too much crap about music.
Too little conflict.
Didn't care for the hero's whole ex
Jun 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Well, Beverly Lewis books are a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. She does Amish-based romantic fiction. Her books are familiar, quick reads, always clean, romantic, and focused on the character's developing relationships with God and their families. They make me feel good, and tend to come in trilogies, which I like.

The Fiddler fits right in with all of that. A fun, enjoyable read for a weekend. And while this story of the Englisher, Amelia, and the Amish man, Michael, wraps up quite satisfying
Very good book. Amelia is rescued from the rainstorm and a flat tire by Michael. He is staying in a cabin, basically hiding out from his Amish life, trying to decide if he wants to leave it. Amelia is a concert violinist, also trying to decide her future. Amelia and Michael connect right away, each recognizing a fellow lost soul. He invites her to come to Hickory Hollow for a few days to relax. I loved the way that Amelia and Michael are able to relate to each other despite their very different ...more
I never tire of reading books by Beverly Lewis, in fact, I have a whole shelf dedicated to her books. Her ability to draw me into the story, placing me right into the scene with the characters is amazing.
Michael Hostetler is a 25 year old Amish man, who has not joined the Amish church, and who wants to leave the Amish community to pursue a career as a draftsman. Amelia Devries is an acclaimed violinist, who has toured with world famous orchestras, but feels trapped in a world where others place
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish, christian, romance
Beverly Lewis takes a refreshing look at the community of the Amish as it interacts with the English world. In this first book of a new series, conflicts arise as the characters from both communities are trying to discover where God really intends them to be. The rules of the ordnung do not come from God but from the community. Is it wrong in God’s eyes not to follow them? And when a talented violinist finally realizes her dreams are different from her parents’ dreams for her, what path should s ...more
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I found The Fiddler to be a refreshing change from the norm in Beverly Lewis' writing, and I'm a long-time fan of this author. I thoroughly enjoyed this story of an English musician who became friends with a young Amishman. The plot was well written and the characters very likeable. I highly recommend The Fiddler!
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Amelia Devries is an extremely talented violinist, whose father's dream for her has been to travel the world's stages. Music is what gives her life; however, she doesn't only like to play the classics. She also loves to fiddle. Her alter ego is Amy Lee, star fiddler, who just opened up for Tim McGraw. No one else in her life knows about her other side, which at times is more appealing than being a concert violinist.

On her way home from the Tim McGraw show, she takes a wrong turn in a horrible ra
Shari Larsen
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amelia Devries is a 24 year violinist, feeling disillusioned with life when she makes a wrong turn during a rain storm coming home from a performance in Pennsylvania, ending up at the log cabin where a young Amish man, Michael Hostetler, is staying. Amelia soon finds they actually have a lot in common, as Michael is struggling with his path in life also; he wants to go out into "the world", but loyalty to his family makes his decision on whether or not to stay Amish very difficult. Amelia is int ...more
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2012
"The Fiddler" by Beverly Lewis is the story of Amelia Devries and Michael Hostetler and the providential turn of events that led them to one another. Amelia is a professional violinist who is growing steadily discontented with her life path. Michael is a young Amishman who has yet to fully commit to the Amish way of life. He yearns for the "fancy" life, yet is held back by love for his family. Their mutual discontent draws them together as they begin to process how to redesign their life paths. ...more
Lynne Young
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I always know when I pick up a Beverly Lewis book that I am going to get a wonderful story mixed with authentic Amish culture. I have never read a Beverly Lewis book I didn't like and this one was no different. I finished this book in one day. Ms. Lewis has a way of telling a story and drawing you in so you feel like you are actually part of the story.

World class violinist Amelia Devries needs a break - from family, agent, and boyfriend pressure but she could never imagine the kind of break God
Amy Bradsher
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Beverly Lewis writes a distinctly different type of Amish book than most out there. Not a thriller, not a mystery, not your usual to-be-or-not-to-be-Amish type, Lewis pens a story of young adults seeking peace with their chosen paths in life - and of gaining the courage and the voice to reach for it.

Amelia and Michael each travel the road to maturity in a parallel way in this book, a road of searching their own hearts and then reaching out beyond themselves. There are no mysteries, no stalkers,
Sandra Stiles
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, amish, romance
I have to say that Beverly Lewis is one of my favorite authors of Amish fiction. She has crafted a wonderful story where the characters are very believable. Their problems are such that no matter what your background you can relate to them. All of us have parents who have had dreams for their children. We don’t want to disappoint our parents. In this book Amelia’s father has a dream of her becoming a concert violinist. Amelia loves playing the violin. However, she really loves fiddling. Her fath ...more
Tina Peterson
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Fiddler is a wonderful book - it moves fast, is well written, all the i's & t's are dotted & crossed and I connected with the hero & heroine of this story. Amelia is a believable musician (child prodigy & top level violinist) who is struggling with a big decision and afraid of hurting those who love her if she doesn't make the right one.

This verse beautifully describes the theme of the book and both Amelia & Michael take refuge in it:

"Delight thyself also in the Lord and
Elizabeth Dyck
I loved the book from the beginning to the end. The gentle love story of Amelia and Michael draws a reader in.

Amelia, a professional violinist, gets lost in a rainstorm on the way home to Columbus from Pennsylvania. The road she takes leads her to a cabin where a young Amish-man is staying after leaving home. The two connect from the beginning, trusting each other completely.

Amelia decides to stay in the area for the weekend, finding a new friend in Joanna. Amelia and Joanna exchange addresses a
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
I tried very hard to get into the world in The Fiddler, but failed. I understand that this is a novel with an interior setting of mind, soul, and heart in opposition to others which are bursting with action, witty dialogs, or spirited encounters. I have read novels in Amish settings before and enjoyed watching the characters evolve and change. So I don't think that the setting is at fault.

Rather, I found the pace of the story to be painfully slow and each chapter inconsequential before I finally
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book. Every time I read a Beverly Lewis book, I'm blown away by all the feels it gives me. I can't figure out how she packs so much into this one little book.
I really loved the whole story. The romance was cute, though very unrealistic. Stoney was really annoying at times too. :P
I can't wait to continue with the series and hear more about all of these lovely girls lives.
For age rating, I'd say 13 or maybe mature 12 year olds and up.
I very highly recommend this book to pretty much anyone
Randy Tramp
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania.

Amelia Devries and Michael Hostetler find each other during a rainstorm.

Her music. His devotion. Their dreams. All are tested.

It's nice to go to a place where simple and purity go together. Not without problems and struggles, two young people search for their place in the world and where that world exists.

I wanted a book that took me to a "feel-good-place." This book transported me there.

Five-star ratings are for those books that move me, emotionally. This one did e
Melissa Storm
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know a lot of my readers love Beverly Lewis, so I wanted to read her for myself--and I can see why they love her so much! I enjoyed the clean, simple story and kind-hearted characters. I loved learning about the Amish culture from Amelia's outsider viewpoint, and I loved the ending too. This was a feel good book, and kind of exactly what I needed :)
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 2 of the count down!

About this book:

“Amelia "Amy" DeVries, a 24-year-old violinist, is disillusioned with life and love after the collapse of her long-running romance. Weary of endless rehearsals and
Andrea Guy
If you haven't read a Beverly Lewis book in awhile, this might be a good one to pick up.


Its one of the few stories written by Beverly Lewis that isn't part of a continuing series, where you are left with a cliff hanger ending until the next book is published.

Rather it is a stand alone book that is part of the Home to Hickory Hollow series.

The book blurb, however is deceiving. Amelia is performing under a stage name so she can separate her two careers, one as a concert violinist and the other
Jun 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Author: Beverly Lewis
Publisher: Bethany House
April 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0977-2
Genre: Inspirational/Amish/contemporary

An English Fiddler meets an Amish boy – and interesting premise….

Michael Hostetler has one food in the world, and the other in his Amish community. He loves his home, loves his people, but he’s been bitten by the education bug and gotten his degrees. Still, he’s being pushed by the People to give up his worldly ways and return home, join the church, and stay.

Carolyn Vandine west
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Been quite a while since I read this book and almost all of the rest of the series. Such fun will have to go back read again.
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was a huge letdown. When I heard about the premise of the book (an Amish man falling for an "English" girl), I thought it would be a nice change of pace from the usual Amish girl/Amish guy romance.

But the story idea was carried out in a way that seemed completely absurd and turned into a cliche romance where a simple misunderstanding is blown way out of proportion and keeps the two characters away from each other.

I loathed Amelia/Amy Lee. I thought she was very bratty with her insisten
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish, lewis-beverly
It's been a while since I've read a Beverly Lewis book and I had forgotten how much I love her stories. Written with such elegance and peaceful fluidity, her stories weave an intricate and incredible tapestry. This book is about Amelia, a once-child-prodigy now-world-famous violinist, who longs for things to be different in her "ready-made" world of violin concerts and touring. Nobody knows she enjoys fiddling for a while, but on her way back from performing a fiddling warm-up concert for Tim Mc ...more
Jessica J.
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Amish fiction novel to read and I loved it! I felt as though in the story I could connect with each character on a personal level. Beverly Lewis was brilliant in the way she wrote about Amelia and Michael trying to find out God's path for them in life, while they both come from completely different backgrounds.

Although this book is absolutely wonderful, it still had a flaw. I felt as though the attraction and trust between Amelia and Michael was just a little too rushed, but m
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christian, Amish, Making life-changing decisions
Shelves: owned-books
As expected, I enjoyed this book. Beverly Lewis has a way of drawing her readers into the story.

Amelia has a dilema on her hands when it comes to pleasing others. She loves her music but wants to change things up a bit. Doing so might mean that she will disappoint her parents, her fiancee and her agent.

Amelia is on her way home from a concert, that her loved ones know nothing about, when she gets lost driving through a severe rainstorm. She then gets a flat tire and walks to a cabin to find hel
I don't know why I started this to be honest. Maybe because I curious as to what Christian Fiction is like or because my new digital library seems to love these kind of books. They had nothing of what I was looking for yet they had the FULL Hickory Hollow Series.

Personally, I didn't find anything amazing with this book. I didn't like it one bit and surprisingly enough it wasn't because of the Christian part of it. The romance was so unrealistic I thought I would become cross eyed because of all
Brooke Barenfanger
Beverly Lewis has a sweet, tender way of writing that gives her characters a depth. Amelia and Michael meet unexpectedly one night, which is actually an event that changes their life. It is not heavy in the romance area, for anybody who likes that. It's more about trusting God to direct your heart the way that will be best for your life. The way that will make you happiest. Beverly Lewis's writing has a gentle flow to it, not the emotional rollercoaster many other books take you on. This book is ...more
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it
I think this is the first Beverly Lewis book that I've ever read. It ended up being just O.K. for me. It was a nice, clean read. It had a definite Christian theme throughout, but not overly preachy. I did really enjoy the little insights into the lives of the Amish...but the story got a little loooong to me and I found myself bored at times....putting it down to read something else. Mrs. Lews does give beautiful description throughout the book and I can tell she is a very talented writer. The re ...more
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: challenges-2012
This was an ok book for me. I really felt rather neutral about it. It took me most of the month to finish and I got it near the end of July! It was one of those books where I didn't really have the burning desire to finish it and had to force myself to do so. I found the book a bit predictable, but I did enjoy the struggles that the hero and heroine faced to reconcile their desires and dreams with the lives that they felt everyone wanted them to live. I think it was a good read, but one that I w ...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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“we’ll marry . . . one sweet day,” she whispered. “Lord willing.” “You have a beau?” Amelia asked. Joanna blushed and nodded, suddenly seeming shy. “No one knows about him, though.” “A secret love?” “Jah . . . he’s just wonderful-gut.” “Well, if he can make you smile like that, I’m sure he is,” Amelia replied, hoping Joanna would say more . . . and wondering when she didn’t. Joanna looked at her. “You’re interested in us—the People—ain’t?” “How do you mean?” “Just seems to me you’re tenderhearted toward our ways.” Joanna smiled. “I have” 0 likes
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