The Fiddler (Home to Hickory Hollow Series #1)

The Fiddler (Home to Hickory Hollow Series #1)

by Beverly Lewis
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read every book that Beverly Lewis has written, and always anxiously await her new releases. This one, again, stole my heart. Wonderful story, read in just a few days. Would have liked to have seen a little bit more in the way of character development, but still loved the book. Will be excited to read book 2 in September!!
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
It was good, just not as good as most of her other books. Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was a quick read that made me happy and left me with the warm, fuzzy feeling that I usually get after reading Ms. Lewis's books. I read this book every free chance I had. I liked the characters. Amelia was sweet and I wanted her to be happy and pursue her passion. Michael was a guy I rooted for. I wanted it to work out for him...for him to make the tough decision that that would be best for his life. I also enjoyed the references to other characters from Ms. Lewis's past books. It was like hearing about old friends that you haven't talked about in awhile. However, this was not one of my favorite Beverly Lewis books. It was good, just not as good as most of her other books. The Fiddler was a different story line from most of her other books. It was a nice change. It was not the Amish falling in love and questioning their future life as an Amish person. This was an English woman and an Amish man contemplating changing his life choice for her. The Fiddler was not as focused on religion as Ms. Lewis's other books either. Would I recommend it: If you are a fan of Beverly Lewis, then I would absolutely recommend this book. However, I would not recommend this to be your first Beverly Lewis book because the others are much better. Will I read it again: I will not but I will be anxiously awaiting the next book in the Home to Hickory Hollow series.
bp0602 More than 1 year ago
I have finished The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis. This is the first book in the "Home to Hickory Hollow" series. Englisher Amelia Devries finds herself lost in a rain storm when she is heading home after being one of the opening acts at a concert. She is a violinist but secretly plays the fiddle on the side. She ends up at a cabin in the woods where Michael Hostetler is staying. Michael offers shelter to Amelia. The two become friends as they talk over a game of chess, and Michael invites her to visit Amish country with him once the storm clears. Amelia enjoys her weekend staying in Amish country, makes new friends, and leaves with a changed perspective. Even though they live very different lives, they both are trying to live to meet the expectations of others. Michael feels the pressure to join the Amish church while Amelia lives with what her parents expect her to do with her life and her music. They both feel trapped and unhappy. I always enjoy the books written by Beverly Lewis. I enjoyed the encouragement shared by one of the characters Ella Mae and how Amelia used this in her life when she went back home. This book makes me look forward to book #2 in this series. Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for providing this book for my review.
Twogirlsandagarden More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading the new Beverly Lewis book The Fiddler. She did a wonderful job of blending two people from different backgrounds that were each at a crossroads in their life. Both are very hard working, goal oriented people that do not want to let their families down but at the same time feel smothered by what they are expected to do. I appreciate that Ms Lewis does not have them take the easy way out which would be to throw in the towel and do what they want when they want it. Instead she has them think it through, get counsel from various different people and then follow through with some previous obligations.<br /> It is always refreshing to see an author show their characters with some depth, morals and values. I like when I read a book and the character remembers something that they had been taught but may not have been living to the fullest. This book shows with Amelia that she had not been living a life where she was being true to herself and honest with her family. She had forgotten the simple pleasures of some of the things that she had learned with her Grandmother, including talking to God and having a relationship with him. It all shows that Michael is very family oriented, has a strong faith but still has to make some hard decisions. It shows that tough decisions can be made with putting others first and waiting on the right timing. I think we forget that as we live in a very instant, give it to me now world that is pretty &quot;self-centered&quot;.<br /> It was refreshing to be reminded that although we all walk our own road in life we all go through similar trials, its how we deal with those trials that makes the journey good or bad. <br /> I would highly recommend reading this book. I want to thank Bethany House for sending out a copy to me free of charge. All that they ask of me is to post a review, good or bad. I would also like to thank Ms. Lewis for writing another good book that I have had the privilege to read.
Raffe More than 1 year ago
Even though I had a busy week, I made time to read this enjoyable book whenever possible. This was well written, and I look forward to reading the second book in this series come September.
simple344 More than 1 year ago
loved the story line, so naturally had to get the this book. It did not disappoint!
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Just finished this wonderful Beverly Lewis book, and was not disappointed! Wanted to move to Hickory Hollow, and find the peace that Amelia Devries found there. You have the feeling of God leading Amelia to the peace she is so looking for. She is a Classically trained violinist, and to find some enjoyment, a self trained talented fiddler. Michael Hostetler is a 25 year old Amishman, who loves his family, but wants more in life. He wants to be draftsman, and is having a hard time, when province lands Amelia at his doorstep. Both love their families and live their lives for their families, with hopes for something different. So enjoyed the people of Hickory Hollow...especially the Wise Woman Ella Mae, and Joanna Kurtz. How I would love friends like them. I highly recommend this very fast enjoyable read. I want to go back!! I received this book from the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: Beverly Lewis has brought an engaging, very well written novel based on the collision of the world of the Amish and that of their non-Amish friends. Their life styles. Their beliefs. Their feelings. She has also, surprisingly, brought to us a collision within the story of the world of the classical musician - that of fierce determination to succeed in a highly competitive yet rewarding field and that of the individual need for fulfillment outside of the classical music world. This is also a story of father and child love and relationships. Of a sense of responsibility to oneself and responsibility to one's father. A calling to honor and obey or fulfill the desires of the father (earthly and heavenly) and a desire to wend one's own way through the maze that is life. Musician Amilea Devrie is a touring concert violinist. She also has a secret life as a "fiddler" in the world of country music. This is a major conflict. On a stormy evening, she becomes stranded on a mountainside and takes refuge within the confines of an Amish young man's cabin. The story takes wings from that point on as the lines of conflict become intertwined. Beverly Lewis writes this novel featuring the world of music from a musician's viewpoint (and that of researchers she has available to her) and throughout I wanted to Google these pieces of music and hear the lovely strains for myself. I highly recommend The Fiddler for an entrancing, captivating read that reveals inner conflicts between the worlds within us.
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I have read many of Beverly Lewis's books and have enjoyed them all.This book was good but not as good as many of her other books .The Fiddler was a different type story then her usual . It was a Amish-English romance and the differences in the cultures .If you are a Beverly Lewis fan youhave to read it. If it's your first book,choose to startwith another series.
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skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Library Thing&rsquo;s Early Reviewer program. 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&rsquo;t want to disappoint our parents.  In this book Amelia&rsquo;s father has a dream of her becoming a concert violinist.  Amelia loves playing the violin.  However, she really loves fiddling.  Her father would think this is beneath her talents.   The other main character is Michael.  He loves his father dearly but would love to become an architect.  That would mean not joining the church and entering college.  Neither want to disappoint their parents.  Yet, their dreams, if they followed them and their hearts would do just that.  They must each face and make hard choices.  There is a small romance in the story. Want to find out if either one of them follows their own path?  Then I suggest you go out and get this first book in the series.  You won&rsquo;t be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was great. I cound not put it down , I even burned dinner.
azoubres More than 1 year ago
Beverly Lewis did it again. another wonderful book i did not want to put down. thank you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was wonderful! You will too!! Check out the Home to Hickory Hollow series and the rest of Beverly Lewis's works!! #staypositive #readon #ilovehashtags :D
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I have read nearly all the books by Lewis and they are all EXCELLENT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you've read anything by Beverly Lewis before, you won' t be disappointed by The Fiddler.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put the book down. Found myself reading it into the wee hours.
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