Sunday, June 17, 2012

Book Review: The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis

 Amelia Devries has a gift of music in her heart that seems to bless many people. She has two names, because she’s been living two lives: Amy Lee the fiddler, and Amelia Devries the concert violinist. Michael Hostetler is a young Amish man who has one foot in the English world and one foot in the Amish world. He has taken longer than most young men in the Amish community to decide if he wants to join the Amish church or to live the life of an Englisher. When Amelia discovers she has a flat tire during a storm she stumbles across Michael’s cabin because it is the only place she can see to seek shelter. Michael is not the least bit irritated and tries to find ways to extend her visit.

This novel has brought together people from the Amish and the English world in a very kind and loving way. It shows how the Amish sometimes value young men and women’s decision as to whether or not they want to be totally committed to Amish values before they join the Amish church. I learned that if they do not join the Amish church that they will not be excommunicated. The Amish seem to stand behind their families even when they decide not to submit fully to the Amish ways, even if it takes awhile for some of the family members to come around. Their acts of generosity to people that are not like them truly show a loving-kindness that is often hard to find.

Another great Amish novel by Beverly Lewis set in the town of Hickory Hollow!

I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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