CFBA Presents……Saving Gideon by Amy Lillard

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Saving Gideon

B&H Books (October 1, 2012)

by

Amy Lillard

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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.

ABOUT THE BOOK

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

My Thoughts on this Book!

Wow, this is one of those books that you don’t want to end, because you want it to be a real life family, that will go on and on. I love, love Amy Lillard’s debut book Saving Gideon. I needed a good, fun,  light read, and that is just what this book is. The first page had me wanting to read more and more.

Gideon Fisher’s plans was to live on his farm, alone, going no where, with only the animals he really needed. He never went to town, church, to visit his family, or went anywhere with his family. And he was just fine doing that. He lost his wife and son, and now he wanted to sit here alone and die. Never did he imagine that a beautiful, mouthy rich kid, with a rat of a dog to beat it all, would wreck her car in a snowstorm, in his field. Changing his life forever.

Avery Ann Hamilton flies from Dallas to Clover Ridge to surprise her boyfriend, but boy was she ever the one to be surprise when she walks in his hotel room with a ‘friend’. Taking her very expensive car that her now ex-boyfriend had, Avery starts driving through the snowstorm, even though the visibility was horrible, not really knowing where she is going. Ending up in a snow covered field, with her car totaled.

This is really a wonderful debut book for author Amy Lillard, I was actually surprised when I found out this was her debut novel. She writes like she has been writing for a while! She has created characters that will steal their way into your heart and stay there. I loved Avery, or ‘Annie’ and her ‘rat’ dog as Gideon called him. As the story unfolds, and the characters develop, it is so heartwarming to following Annie and her reaction to the Amish lifestyle, and the Amish community’s reaction to Annie. And the effect Annie had on Gideon, well you just need to pick up a copy of the book and read it for yourself.

I highly recommend this book for those who love their Amish reads. You will love this new author and her story about Gideon. And this is not all, she has two more books about the Amish of Clover Ridge.

This book was provided by Revell Publishers  through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. I was not required or expected to give a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

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