Monday, June 11, 2012

the fiddler (by beverly lewis)

The Fiddler is a great book. Never would I have imagined that I would enjoy Amish literature but Beverly Lewis seems to captivate me every time.

The book begins with Amelia Devries, a famous fiddler, randomly meeting Michael Hotstetler, an Amish man. Both are unsure of what to do with their futures. She contemplates which way to take her career as well as the seriousness of the relationship she has with her boyfriend while Michael struggles with choosing to be baptized into the Amish church or go "English" and leave the community in which he grew up.

Michael takes Amelia back to Amish country so that she can meet the people in his community as well as be a support to him as he decides to tell his father he doesn't intend to join the Amish church. Everything doesn't go as planned and the book begins to follow the two characters individually as well as showing glimpses of their lives intertwining.

The Fiddler is a quick and easy read. Very enjoyable. I like reading about the Amish, I just love getting a glimpse into their lifestyle and Beverly Lewis depicts it so well. I highly recommend this book, even if Amish literature doesn't sound appealing to you, you might be surprised :)

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