Home to Hickory Hollow, Book 1
Back of the book:
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.
About the author:
Beverly Lewis, raised in Pennsylvania Amish country, is a former schoolteacher, an accomplished musician, and an award-winning author of nearly ninety books for adults and children, many of which have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA Today and The New York Times. Her novel The Brethren won a 2007 Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction. Writing memorable stories set in Amish farmland brings Beverly continual joy and inspiration. Her own family heritage is Old Order Mennonite, but she has many dear friends among Amish communities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado.
Reading a Beverly Lewis novel is like coming home to an old friend. She tells a compelling story in a gentle yet familiar way. We were all introduced to Beverly’s fictitious world of Hickory Hollow back in 1997 with her first Amish themed book The Shunning. Since then she has gone on to write other novels featuring other locations.
With The Fiddler we are brought back to Hickory Hollow. In this new story we get to catch up with some of the characters from the first series, but we also meet a whole new group of people that bring freshness to this current series.
Before I read the book, I happened to be flipping through my Netflix account and came across the Hallmark movie of The Shunning. It was a great way to refresh my memory about some of the characters and a lovely visual to set the stage. I highly recommend that you watch it if you have the chance.
The Fiddler not only takes us into the Amish world, but also the realm of professional classical instrumentalists. Amelia loves the violin, but her heart just isn’t in the tour. Michael loves his family, but his heart is set on becoming an architect. This is a beautiful story about the struggle to please your beloved family while being true to what God has designed you for.
Whether you are journeying to Hickory Hollow for the first time or if this is a return trip you are going to enjoy The Fiddler. It is a story full of depth yet light enough to enjoy. It was like a sentimental get away for me!
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