Megan's Ponderings

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Book Review: The Guardian

“Truly, God’s love is the greatest miracle of all.” – The Guardian, Beverly Lewis

The Guardian

Beverly Lewis does it again! The Guardian, the third book in the Home to Hickory Hollow series, draws readers back into the simpler, yet thought provoking lifestyle of the Amish. The author introduces 2 new main characters in this book: Maryanna Esh and Jodi Winfield. Through tragedy, they meet and are surprised in the quick, yet guarded, friendship that blossoms. Both discover that healing comes in the most unlikely places – an empathy between an Amish widow and an Englischer. In the end, Maryanna and Jodi learn valuable lessons from each other and create a bond that can’t be broken.

For me, this was my favorite book in the series. First, the author does a fantastic job describing Amish life. While reading the book, I recalled the Amish lifestyle throughout the normal tasks of my day. Amish life isn’t complicated by technology or focused heavily on self-image. Beverly Lewis created a climate of simplicity that was a welcomed diversion to the everyday busyness that crowds out daily life.

I also appreciated the author’s focus on unlikely friendships. Maryanna Esh was not fond of Englischers because of past circumstances. However, Jodi Winfield proved Maryanna’s perception wrong. Of course, Maryanna and Jodi weren’t transparent with each other until their friendship developed beyond surface material. But, what a treasure their friendship became to each other! Sometimes, the best friendships occurs in the most inconceivable places.

Overall, I’d highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of life or anyone looking to heal wounds from hurtful circumstances. This book was a blessing to me, and I know you will be blessed also.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Bethany House. For more information about books written by Beverly Lewis, visit


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