Friday, June 15, 2012

"The Fiddler" by Beverly Lewis - A collision of worlds: Book Review

Collision of Worlds

My Thoughts:  Beverly Lewis has brought an engaging, very well written novel based on the collision of the world of the Amish and that of their non-Amish friends.  Their life styles.  Their beliefs.  Their feelings.  She has also, surprisingly, brought to us a collision within the story of the world of the classical musician - that of fierce determination to succeed in a highly competitive yet rewarding field and that of the individual need for fulfillment outside of the classical music world.

This is also a story of father and child love and relationships.  Of a sense of responsibility to oneself and responsibility to one's father.  A calling to honor and obey or fulfill the desires of the father (earthly and heavenly) and a desire to wend one's own way through the maze that is life.

Musician Amilea Devrie is a touring concert violinist.  She also has a secret life as a "fiddler" in the world of country music.  This is a major conflict.  On a stormy evening, she becomes stranded on a mountainside and takes refuge within the confines of an Amish young man's cabin.  The story takes wings from that point on as the lines of conflict become intertwined.

Beverly Lewis writes this novel featuring the world of music from a musician's viewpoint (and that of researchers she has available to her) and throughout I wanted to Google these pieces of music and hear the lovely strains for myself.  

Read the first chapter:  CLICK HERE

I highly recommend The Fiddler for an entrancing, captivating read that reveals inner conflicts between the worlds within us.

About the author:  Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is The New York Times bestselling author of more than ninety books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has inspired Beverly to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with The Shunning, which has sold more than one million copies and was recently made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. In 2007 The Brethren was honored with a Christy Award. She has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Beverly lives with her husband, David, in Colorado. Visit her Web site at for more information.

Disclosure:  I was provided a complimentary copy of The Fiddler by Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review and opinion.  A favorable review was not required.

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