Beverly Lewis is easily one of my favorite authors. I love her writing style and how easily I get drawn into the story and the lives of her characters. I just finished reading her latest book - The Fiddler - and really enjoyed it. It was different than many of her Amish novels in that the perspective was from the Englisher and not the Amish character.
The Fiddler is the first book in the Home to Hickory Hollow series. Amelia is an incredibly gifted violinist who has discovered a passion for fiddling - something she fears will upset her parents. She is basically living a secret life as "Amy Lee" playing as an opening act for country artists. During a terrible storm she gets lost and meets a young Amish man who is trying to decide whether to join the Amish Church.
During a trip to Hickory Hollow, Amelia realizes that her gift is not being used to glorify God. She decides she wants to make some changes in her life and knows that they will not be met with approval from her agent, her father, or her boyfriend.
I am not going to give away what happens in the book as I don't want to spoil it for anyone! I will say that it is a great reminder that we need to slow down sometimes and look at how we are using our own gifts. Is what we are doing being used to glorify God or are we using our gifts only to further our own desires?
I was concerned that with it being the first in a series I would get to the end of the book and be upset that I will have to wait for the next one to come out. I can say that is not the case! While I am looking forward to the next book, I am not frustrated at an ending that left me hanging. Yet again I am thrilled with another Beverly Lewis novel!
I was given a copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers to review honestly. A positive review was not required and all of the opinions expressed in this review are my own.