“The Fiddler” by Beverly Lewis

The Fiddler, Home to Hickory Hollow Series #1
Amelia Devries is a world-renowned violinist in the midst of an identity crisis.  Michael Hostetler doesn’t want to be Amish, but he doesn’t want to disappoint his family.  When Amelia gets lost in the middle of a huge storm, her detour leads her directly to Michael – and the possibility of a peace she’s always longed for.  Can they find their way to their dreams – together?

Beverly Lewis writes a distinctly different type of Amish book than most out there.  Not a thriller, not a mystery, not your usual to-be-or-not-to-be-Amish type, Lewis pens a story of young adults seeking peace with their chosen paths in life – and of gaining the courage and the voice to reach for it.

Amelia and Michael each travel the road to maturity in a parallel way in this book, a road of searching their own hearts and then reaching out beyond themselves.  There are no mysteries, no stalkers, no pressure to be anything except what they are from anyone but themselves; yet this can be a hard lesson to learn.  Lewis writes about it with grace and depth, making this a story that anyone from their teen years on up could relate to.

I really enjoyed this story.  I felt that the romantic ending was somewhat predictable, but the quality characters and unusual circumstances – as well as the life lessons explored – made it a very worthwhile read.

I received a free copy of The Fiddler from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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