Bethany House 2012
Englisher Amelia Devries is driving home in a rain storm when she takes a wrong turn. She lands at a cabin that a young Amishman, Michael Hostetler, is staying at after his father gives him an ultimatum to either get his act together or leave. Amelia and Michael hit it off from the start and seem to have a special connection. Both are finding themselves being forced into doing what their hearts are telling them not to do. Will they be able to make the decision to set their lives on the paths that will make them both happy? Is their meeting just a chance encounter or will their lives be forever changed?
This is the first book in the Beverly Lewis Home to Hickory Hollow Series. The author is known for her Christian centered stories mostly related to the Amish. This book is no exception. It is a wonderful story of faith, love, and the struggles of Amelia and Michael as they are forced to make decisions that will affect their lives forever. Amelia is a musical prodigy who has always done what her father and her agent has wanted her to. She is at a crossroads in her life and wants to take a different path. She is forced to make a decision between what she desires and the desires of her father. To make matters worse, her father is ill and she does not want to upset him. Michael has been on the edge for some time about getting baptized into the Amish faith. Just when he makes a decision, his father has an accident and is unable to work their farm. Michael has to make his own plan as to what he will do. To complicate matters more, both are having romantic feelings for the other.
The story line is well written and holds your interest from the very beginning. If you are a lover of Amish fiction, I certainly recommend this book. Even if you are just into nice clean romances, you will surely enjoy this story. I only hope that we will revisit these two characters in the next book. I would love to see some more of what happens with them.
Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher for reading and reviewing purposes.
I give The Fiddler 4 out of 5 stars