Monday, April 29, 2013

The Guardian by Beverly Lewis


Maryanna has been a widow for the past several years with four young children and no immediate plans to remarry. Maryanna is driving home one evening with her children when the youngest Sarah falls out of the carriage. After alerting the People, all they find is the little girls dress.

Meanwhile, Jodi is house-sitting for some friends and she decides to go out for a run. While out she finds little Sarah. How can Jodi find where this little girl belongs when she doesn’t speak English? Jodi contacts a policeman and he tells her that the child is probably Amish.

Once Jodi finds her way into Hickory Hollow Sarah is able to give directions to her home. The Amish people view Jodi as little Sarah’s Guardian Angel.

Maryanna and Jodi are going through some issues of their own. Can there friendship be useful to each other? Will Maryanna lose little Sarah’s affection to an “Englisher”? Will Maryanna see that she and the kids need a husband/father figure in their lives? Is Joshua that man? Jodi and her fiancĂ© Trent are having differing thoughts on children once they are married. Trent wants them and Jodi doesn’t. Will this keep them from getting married? Jodi is suffering the loss of her sister and has strayed from the Lord. Can Jodi’s friendship with the Amish people help bring her back into fellowship with the Lord? Jodi loses her teaching job at her school and is having trouble trying to find one so late in the summer. After much debate the Amish leadership asks Jodi to teach the children on a temporary basis. Will Jodi do it? Can she follow all the rules?

I was surprised to hear that Beverly Lewis wrote this particular novel after having read an article on a similar situation….an Amish child was lost after falling out of a carriage. I pray all ended well for the child and family.

I am pleased to give this book a five star rating.


I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255