The Guardian, by Beverly Lewis, is the third book in the “Home to Hickory Hollow” series. I have especially enjoyed this series because, although each book takes place in the same location, and has a few of the same characters, each stands alone. When the reader finishes a book, the story is over, and she doesn’t have to wait until another book comes out to find out what happens next! The books in this series can be read in any order.
The Guardian features 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.
I enjoyed reading about the interaction between the Amish and non-Amish characters and watching the characters grow in faith and understanding through that interaction. I was also interested to read that this novel was inspired by the actual incident of an Amish toddler falling out of a buggy and getting lost.
As expected, this Beverly Lewis novel did not disappoint me and I am looking forward to her next one!
I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.