Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Guardian--A Book Review

Sometimes I enjoy a total fluff read, a book that is just happy and doesn't make you have to think deep thoughts or work too hard to get through it.  The Guardian by Beverly Lewis is such a book.

Jodi is house-sitting for her cousin in Lancaster County.  One morning while out for a run, she discovers a young girl sleeping on the side of the road.  Jodi takes her home and tries to find out who this little girl might belong to.  Eventually, the path leads to an Amish family who is very grateful to have their missing child returned home.

The girl becomes attached to her rescuer--her guardian angel.  Jodi finds herself being drawn into the family, and the Amish community, through many twists and turns.  In the process, she finds peace, comfort, and direction for her life.  Her struggling faith is reawakened through the example of her Amish friends.

I really enjoyed this book.  It entertained, it had some twists, and it kept me guessing.  Up until the last few chapters, I saw the book going in one of several directions and wasn't sure how it would end.  The book made me want to sit down on my front porch with a glass of iced tea and watch horse-drawn buggies go by.

There is something magical about the simplicity of the Amish that captivates me.  Life with few possessions, raising children with few toys, where God, respect for others, an education, and hard work are central to a child's life.  The book made me want to transport myself to a simpler way of life.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House Publishers.  All of the opinions expressed in this review are mine.**

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