Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Saving Gideon By Amy Lillard

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?


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.

This was such a different Amish story line then most of the Amish books that I read. It was fantastic, I hung on every word of this book. I feel in love with Annie and Gideon and I pulled from them all the way to the end of the story.
I can not wait to see what author Amy has in store for me in book two of A Clover Ridge novel.
She is an Amish author for all the Amish book reading fans to watch out for.
I read this book straight though, I could not put it down.
I give this book 5 stars  twice over. I was GREAT!
I was given a copy of this book by the author. THANK YOU so much Amy


  1. Boy I want to win this book, love the review, New author to me.

  2. Mary, I saw this book but I was just not real sure about it because I had never heard of Amy. I am so glad that you read it and let us know that it is worth buying. I am headed over to amazon to pick up me a copy right now. Thank you for all of the hard work you do to look out for us readers

  3. New author to me also, but I'd like to read this book.
    Good review Mary. Makes me want to go buy it.
    Carolyn Jefferson

  4. This book has been on my to read list. Again, I enjoyed the interview and the review. Blessings, Susan Fryman

  5. Great review?, Amy is a very nice person who loves her fans. I am sure that quality will make this a very good read.

    Cathy Weber

  6. Amy is a new author to me, but after reading your review I will be following her. Saving Gideon looks like a fresh look in Amish fiction. Thanks for the heads up, Mary! I appreciate your opinions more than you know!

  7. Great review sounds like you really liked this book.

  8. I can't wait to read this, your review tells me it is a must read for me. I am going to the book store right now I sure hope they have it. I love to see all the new Amish authors coming out with good reads

  9. Thanks for the great review, I'm definitly going to check this book out. Mary, you're reviews are great!

  10. This sounds like another really great Amish book to read. Your review is such a great one. Can't wait to read this book.

  11. WOW! Sounds good! Thanks Mary for the good review. At first I tho't it was a book with Gideon's Call, but, different authors. Hope to be able to read it sometime. Maybe they will get it at one of the Libraries soon. Maxie

  12. This is a book that I would love to read! Love your reviews Mary!
    Would love to win a copy. :)

  13. Would love to win this. New author to me. Book sounds good.

  14. Very good review Mary! I would love to win this book, new author for me!

  15. I was sure I made a comment yesterday but it isn't here! So, I am throwing my hat in the ring for this book. It is on my "wish list." Thanks for your review Mary and once again this is a new author to me.


  16. I love to read and love to read Amish books .I would love to win a copy of this book to read .Thank you ,Dana "Girl"Spille

  17. Thank you so much Mary! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed Saving Gideon. :)