From the Christian Fiction: Amish / Mennonite section

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The Guardian

Home To Hickory Hollow Series

by Beverly Lewis


Price: £9.99
Publisher:Bethany House imprint of Baker Pub from Lion
Published:May 2013

This book is another first for me in 2 ways—it is the first time I’ve read this author’s work, and the first time I’ve read a story set amongst the Amish community.

I enjoyed the story very much and was unsure at the beginning of the book how Lewis was going to stretch out the story of a missing Amish girl called Sarah, throughout the whole book. But then the story changed and I could then see how the plot was going to unfold.

The novel follows a non Amish character, Jodi, who is befriended by a local Amish community after she rescues the missing pre-schooler Sarah. Jodi who had fallen out with God over the premature death of her sister is helped by the community to trust God again.

Whilst I did like the book, I got a little annoyed by the mixing of languages. English and Deitsch, commonly known as Pennsylvania Dutch. Whilst I have a linguistic background and understand and appreciate how using small words and phrases in the mother tongue of this Amish group could add character to the story, I actually found it irritating. That said it didn’t put me off reading to the end and thankfully it wont stop me reading more of Lewis’ extensive collection.

Reviewer: ZoŽ Stevenson   (19/05/14)
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