Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Another Amish Novel from Leslie Gould, Based on a Shakespeare Play!

"Minding Molly"
  By Leslie Gould

I have enjoyed all of Leslie's books in  "The Courtships of Lancaster County" series. These books are all based on works of Shakespeare and uniquely and creatively  twisted into an Amish tale. "Courting Cate" and "Adoring Addie" were great books and I picked up this new novel, already knowing that I was again in for a treat. This new book was no disappointment. It did take me a bit longer to get into the story to connect with the characters, but when I did, it was worth the wait! The main characters are realistic in their descriptions and actions, as well as having little quirks and traits that make it easy to identify with.

Based on "A Midsummer Night's Dream", the story begins with Molly Zook, who ALWAYS liked to be in control, struggling with her mother's wish to  save the family farm , by marrying Mervin Mosier.  He is not appealing to Molly in  any way, especially after she meets Leon Fisher, a handsome, personable young man from  Montana. He is currently living in Pennsylvania, training horses at a nearby ranch.  Tall, muscular, handsome, what more can you ask??? Molly has never met anyone like him and finds herself attracted to this stranger in a big way, much to the dismay of her mother, who lets her immediately know how SHE feels! Doesn't Molly want to marry someone local, who can save the family farm from being sold, in order to pay bills??? 

Molly, being the determined creature she is, will NOT let anyone get between herself and Leon. NOT EVEN her maam!  Molly makes a special attempt to get Mervin (her mother's choice of a beau) to fall back in love with her best friend , Hannah. A camping trip to the Poconos, Molly thinks , is just what is needed , some togetherness forced upon both Mervin and Hannah.  However, Molly seems to lose all control . Her plans quickly go awry. It seems the Leon and Molly might be falling for each other instead!!  Will Molly learn to give up her control to follow God's plan?? It may be different from her own! Can she handle letting God control her???

The plot was somewhat slowly paced, however , I loved the book.  It was a super read and although slow, I totally enjoyed the descriptions  of the characters and the setting. It enabled me to walk in their shoes for a short time. The plot line exhibited the power of God to handle the twists and turns of life. Even when we would rather not listen to Him, His direction is shown and available for us to follow.

 A great read!! Don't miss it!

This book was supplied by the author and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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