The Guardian

The Guardian

by Beverly Lewis


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Must-Have Amish Fiction from #1 Bestselling Author Beverly Lewis

When schoolteacher Jodi Winfield goes for a morning run, the last thing she expects is to find a disheveled little girl all alone on the side of the Pennsylvania road, clad only in her undergarments, her chubby cheeks streaked with tears. Jodi takes the preschooler home with her, intending to find out where she belongs. But Jodi is mystified when no one seems to know of a missing child, and the girl herself is no help, since she can't speak a word of English. It's as if the child appeared out of nowhere.

As the days pass, Jodi becomes increasingly attached to the mysterious girl, yet she is no closer to learning her identity. Then an unexpected opportunity brings Jodi to Hickory Hollow—and into the cloistered world of the Lancaster Old Order Amish. Might the answers lie there?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764209796
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Series: Home to Hickory Hollow Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 183,662
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, has more than 17 million books in print. Her stories have been published in 11 languages and have regularly appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today. Seven of her blockbuster novels have received the Gold Book Award for sales over 500,000, and The Brethren won a 2007 Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, making music, and spending time with their family. Learn more at

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The Guardian 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
When Jodi Winfield goes for her morning run,she happens upon a little girl. The Child does not have any shoes and is dressed only in her underwear. Can you imagine, the child also has a big bruise on her forehead...I would be calling the police. In the end she cleans up the little darling, and from her friend, figures out she is Amish. She puts the little one in the I might be thinking people will think she kidnapped this child? Anyway, even though the little one does not speak English, she manages to get Jodi to her home. You can imagine how that Mother felt seeing her child home. Maryanna, her Mom, had been driving the family buggy, and her little Sarah fell out. Jodi is feeling the pain of loosing her only sister. When she comes to Hickory Hollow, she finds some of the peace she has been looking for. She is unable to forgive God. Her acceptance by the Plain People, has a lot to do with how the Children tend to follow her. Almost like the pied piper! I loved her visit here, and even jogging with some Amish people. You almost hope she will find someone and become Amish?? She does have a Fiancé, but they are having some problems. Will she end up marrying someone other than Trent. Will Maryanna, a widow, find a husband and father for her children? Although I did question some of the things that happened in the story, like men leaving the search for the child, etc. I did enjoy this book by Beverly Lewis, and will look for more by her. I received this book through Net Galley, and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
It has been a long time since I have read anything by Beverly Lewis. The first book I read by her was The Covenant from Abram's Daughter series and I fell in love with those characters. I also haven't read any Amish books for a few years. No reason really, just busy reading other books. First, let's talk about the cover. Who could look at that cover and not be drawn in by the beautiful child? She captivated me before I even opened the book. Reading The Guardian reminded why I enjoyed reading Amish fiction. I love being swept away in the simple world of the Amish, that often isn't as simple as we think and you will discover if you read The Guardian. Oh, and I love when I can dig a Genesis 5020 out of book and this book has one. When Sarah goes missing this could have been used to harm her mother, she could have grown angry at God but instead God uses that tragedy to bring Jodi Winfield into the Amish community. You will have to read the book to see what follows and how this is a Genesis 5020. Reading this book has made me hungry for more Amish fiction again. Beverly Lewis rarely disappoints and this book is no exception. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
The Guardian (Home to Hickory Hollow #3) 4 stars This is my first book that I have read in Home to Hickory Hollow. I can see how the other books would fit in but I thought the story was good at standing on its own. I really enjoyed reading the Guardian. Though I have to admit to shedding a few tears reading it.Their were parts in it that I laughed and smiled too. Especially the pied piper when the two women realized they were following too. Both books I have read today brought tears. A mother's worst nightmare she can't find her little girl. After searching all around their house and property they figured she must have fallen out of the buggy and the other children were a sleep and did not see. The community right away start searching for the little girl they search and pray all night long. Jodi Winfield is house sitting for her cousin while they are on a vacation and taking care of their cat. Jodi is having a hard time getting over her sister Karen's death. She has stopped praying since it did not save her sister. She does not want to have children. Her fiance does want them and loves God. He is going to teach abroad for a year teaching english in Japan. Jodi is preparing to run in a marathon so she goes running and in the middle of nowhere finds a little girl a sleep on the side of the road in her underwear. She has a bump on the head and some other cuts & road rash. The little girl wakes us and cries for her mama. Jodi finds no amber alert for a lost child. She does not understand the little girl. Jodi does pick her up and take her back to her cousin's house. She gives her first aid, a bath and some food. The little girl just clings to her. As Jodi is trying to get through to the police she gets a call from her boss telling her that she is being let go. Only a month before the new school year. Her cousin's husband she is housesitting for is a cop and suggests when he hears she speaks no english where the Bishop of the Amish lives and he might know where she belongs. Explains that they don't turn to police they stay seperate. The Amish men search all night. Then take turns searching while others feed animals and return. So far they have found her dress and hair pins. The men are split on calling the English police or not. When Jodi finds the Amish school house Sarah recongizes where she is and points and Jodi going slow finds Sarah's house. Maryanna is a widow raising four children on her own. She is so grateful to have her daughter back home safe. She invites Jodi into her home for lunch. Sarah and the children call Jodi Sarah's Angel. Sarah does not want Jodi to leave. All the children are drawn to Jodi. It is a good story and blends both the Amish and English together. How they help each other in many ways. They are the answer to others prayers. Their is a lot of grieving talked about how each is different but some the same. Maryanna over loosing her husband.and a few other widows and widowers in their Amish district. Jodi getting over her sister's death. Just by sharing can make a difference in peoples lives. I would read Beverly's books in the future based on how much I liked the Guardian. I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it in return by Netgalley. April 2013 by Bethany House Publishers 352 pages ISBN:0764209795
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful story by Beverly Lewis, fitting for the dedication to such wonderful people as Ed and Marion Rohrer
JoyECS More than 1 year ago
This was a great story that turned out the way God had planned.
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Transcriptionist More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! If you are interested at all in the Amish lifestyle, it is so interesting to learn how they live and why. More than that though, it is just an awesome story by an awesome author!
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Lindz2012 More than 1 year ago
This was something wonderful. I teach us about friendship and forgiving. It also about finding a missing child. It show what the Amish do for each person or children even neighbor's children. It show the difference in English world and their world. I just love the story and plot behind it. This is the third in this series. I still need to read book number 2. I recommend this book those that love Amish or Beverley Lewis.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Beverly Lewis books. The Guardian is one of the better ones. Written with a sense of humor. Loved Joshua. The story has Amish, English, pets and a very good storyline. Hated to see it end and would like a sequel.
Bethers More than 1 year ago
The Guardian is the third book in Beverly Lewis's Home to Hickory Hollow Series. Jodi Winfield is a schoolteacher out for a morning run when she finds a little girl, alone, dirty, and in her underwear. Jodi gets the girl to her home, to find out where she lives and other details to find out that the little girl doesn't speak English. Jodi asks around her neighborhood and no one knows of a missing child. Jodi finds an attachment to this little one almost instantly and still has no idea who she is or where she belongs. Jodi finds herself in Hickory Hollow, hoping to find this little ones family. As most of you know I am a HUGE Amish Fiction fan and a HUGE fan of Beverly Lewis. I have read almost all of her books and I can't get enough of them. I have had the pleasure to read The Fiddler and The Bridesmaid, the first two books in this series so I was excited to have the opportunity to read and review The Guardian. Beverly Lewis writes with obvious expertise on The Amish Faith, Culture, groups, and areas where they live. Beverly Lewis gives her readers an honest view of what life in an Amish Community is. The characters in this book are great. I enjoyed meeting more residents of Hickory Hollow and finding out about some old friends from previous books. That being said, this book can definitely be read as a stand alone. Beverly Lewis makes sure there are enough details for new readers but not too much that her followers find it redundant. As I read The Guardian I felt like I was there watching the event unfold from Beverly Lewis's descriptions and imagery. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction or someone looking to start reading it! You will not be disappointed. I cannot wait to read more from Beverly Lewis. I give this book 4.5 STARS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was so great!!!! Read it, for me at least please!!!!!! #staypositive #readon #ilovehashtags!!!!!
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Pamela_CB More than 1 year ago
The Guardian by Beverly Lewis is another story set in Lewis' backdrop of Hickory Hollow, a beloved setting for her well know Amish romance stories. While The Guardian does have an undertone of that Amish love story the main plot follows a young woman reeling from the death of her sister and the loss of her first teaching position as she tries to reconnect with those she loves and in her relationship with God. Jodi Winfield stumbles along the Amish town of Hickory Hollow while out for a morning run when she discovers a young little girl dressed in Plain clothing who can not speak a word of English. This little girl leads Jodi to the Amish community where she learns about the beauty of a life of simplicity and brings her back to what is truly important in life and in relationships. Right away the beginning of this book grabbed my attention up until about two thirds of the way though when the story began to drag on and each chapter started to sound exactly the same. If the author had cut out a good six or seven chapters in the middle this would have made my top favorites list. As it was, this was still a sweet story with pleasant undertones and good life lessons in religion and in love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous on March 26 has told the entire story in a "review"....,seems more of a book report. I have the book now but, of course, know exactly what's going to happen before I even open it. Why do people do that?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and I can 't wait to read the next book in this series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I meant to add that I have some Amish friends.
Aquilter More than 1 year ago
Loved the story line, but all her books are great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading reviews , I don't need to read the book, thanks a lot.
azoubres More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and would highly recommend it. I have not found a Beverly Lewis book that i did not like.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago