Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Saving Gideon by Amy Lillard

This is wunderbaar!

Saving Gideon is the story of Avery, aka Annie and Gideon, and lots of other people as well! Avery comes from a wealthy family, but her life is upside down. Literally  In running from her would be husband, Avery has wrecked her car and come closer to death than she knew. This is how she finds herself tucked away in the home of an Amish man, a man who is waiting to die. That man is Gideon. Grief stricken and thinking himself not worth living, Gideon can't even figure out why he has kept this little pixie looking woman, with purple eyes in his home. However, he has allowed her to stay there. Annie, a tiny twist of her middle name is hiding out as a Plain woman. She is learning to cook, to heal, to read a Bible in German, to have real friends, and she is also on a mission to help Gideon Fisher come back to his faith and his kin. The problem is, at the end of the day, Avery is an Englisher, an outsider, not one of the Plain people. The other problem is that as Gideon starts to recover someone is going to get their heart broken. The question is will be a permanent issue, or will God and some smart folks figure out what paths in their lives God is leading?

I enjoyed the details in this book, the strawberry plants, the pies, the customs, and the over all outcome of events. The recipes at the back are a nice touch, the closing words very good. God moving in an over all story that changes many lives makes this book fun to read.


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B&H Books (October 1, 2012)



A Word from Amy:I’m a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.

I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I’ve retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I’m from Texas. (?)  Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son–a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!

I love homemade tacos, shoes, and romance novels–not necessarily in that order. I’m a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I’m shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.

I  believe that God is love. I guess that’s why I adore romances.

I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I’m a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture.  I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that’s me June Cleaver with a laptop.

I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twlight series (I’ll get to it or I won’t, either way I’m good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I’m alone on this last one, and again, I’m good with it.)

Favorite movies–(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940′s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven’t seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn’s and Audrey’s.


Gideon Fisher wants one thing out of life -- to be left alone. This is not the Amish way, but he’s devastated after the death of his wife and son to the point of losing his faith. He buys a farm on the outskirts of the district and pulls away from his community. But when a freak spring snowstorm brings a beautiful Englisher to his farm, what choice does Gideon have but to let her in?

Dallas socialite Avery Ann Hamilton is intrigued by the Amish farmer who pulls her out of the snow and into his austere lifestyle. Poor little rich girl, Avery has just gone through (yet another) bad breakup. Every man she meets only wants her for her father’s money. All she has ever wanted is to be loved for herself. Avery soon discovers the Oklahoma Amish country is the perfect place to hide out and heal her broken heart.

But she finds a peace in those back roads that she’s never felt before. Now her life has purpose and meaning as she connects with God and those around her. And there’s something more as she begins to care for this man who needs both love and forgiveness.

Gideon never wanted to live again much less fall in love, but Avery finds her way into his heart, showing him the beauty of life and God’s greatness. Yet as the feelings between Avery and Gideon grow, can they overcome their dissimilar lifestyles, or will their sheer differences pull them apart?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Saving Gideon, go HERE

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