Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis

I was introduced to Amish fiction by my mother-in-law, and I have since read a book or two on occasion. When given the chance to read The Fiddler by acclaimed Amish fiction author Beverly Lewis, I decided to give it a try.

Amelia Devries is a well-known concert violinist on her way to a promising career and international fame, yet she can't shrug the feeling that she's living her father's dream, not her own. She finds peace playing fiddle in country circles under the name Amy Lee, until her agent discovers her. She asks for silence, but that night during a storm, the confused young woman makes a wrong turn and is unable to backtrack when she finds herself with a flat tire too. She is on a lonely road that leads to a lonely cabin, but it happens to be occupied by a young Amish man, Michael Hostetler. The two have an immediate connection and unspoken understanding of each other, and Amelia even accompanies him to his Amish community to spend a few days.

While the two are building a friendship, they are independently trying to work through their own discontentment with their current path, and struggling with how to live their own dreams without crushing their parents.

I think the first 2/3rds of the book was developed nicely enough, if not a little slow, but the last third felt like it covered too large of a time span in too little time. It felt rushed and incomplete. As with most books in this genre, the ending was fairly predictable. I didn't feel like there were any major events or page-turning drama in this book, and I didn't fall in love with it. It was good, but not great.



Please note, I received a complimentary copy of The Fiddler from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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