Sunday, April 22

The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis



Come home to Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania -- the beloved setting where Beverly Lewis' 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.

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is The New York Times bestselling author of more than eighty books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has inspired Beverly to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with The Shunning, which has sold more than one million copies and was recently made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. In 2007 The Brethren was honored with a Christy Award. She has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Beverly lives with her husband, David, in Colorado. Visit her Web site at www.beverlylewis.com for more information.

The Fiddler is the story of two totally different worlds colliding ... a young Amish man longing to leave his Amish roots behind, and a young Englischer woman longing for the serenity and peace that she found in a small Amish community.

Michael has tasted life on the Englisch side, and his education has provided him with a career that he loves.  Amelia is living out her father's dream as an international violinist, but all she really wants to do is have a husband who loves her, and a houseful of children.

A severe summer storm brings car trouble for Amelia, and she arrives on the doorstep of a small remote cabin in the woods.  Michael is hiding out from the rigid rules of the church and the high expectations of his family. 

Essentially, both Michael and Amelia are living a double life. They each have parents who have dreams and aspirations for them, yet secretly they both long for something totally different. As their friendship develops, their faith is strengthened and only time will tell what else might happen.

Lovers of Amish fiction will love this story of two young people who strive to find out what is really the most important aspect of their lives.

Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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