Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Review: The Fiddler
Amelia "Amy" DeVries, a 24-year-old violinist, is disillusioned with life and love after the collapse of her long-running romance. Weary of endless rehearsals and performances, Amy sets out on a road trip through the Pennsylvania mountains. She leaves her cell phone behind so life's demands can't intrude on her solitude. She doesn't know, nor care, where she will end up.
When her car breaks down deep in the mountains, Amy realizes the flaw in her "no cell phone" plan. She abandons her car and walks the winding roads, searching for help. Following the smell of woodsmoke and the sound of music, she finds a rustic log cabin. There she meets a young Amish man--and through him a community--that will change her life forever.
I've read most, if not all, of Beverly Lewis' books. I've always loved them and she is one of my favorite authors. That is why it is so hard to write this review. For the first time, I've read a book of hers that just wasn't that good. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't what I've come to expect from her.
To begin with, it just wasn't very Amish. Much of the story is about Amelia and her musical career and fiddle playing. Even when she meets Michael its outside of them Amish community.
Then there were also some parts of the storyline that were just too difficult to believe. I'll refrain from including any spoilers here, but I will just say that some of the situations were unrealistic.
However, it was fun to catch a glimpse of some of Hickory Hollow characters we know from previous books.
Overall, it was OK but not great.
I must mention that I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Bethany House.