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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Second Book in the Lancaster County Series!!! Don't miss it!!

      "Amish Sweethearts"
          By Leslie Gould

Synopsis:  (From back cover of book)

Can These Two Friends from Opposite Worlds Find Love? 

They've been best friends for years, but as high school ends, Zane Beck can't help but look at his Amish neighbor, Lila Lehman, with different eyes. Her controlling father sees only one future for Lila, though, and arranges for her to be courted by an upstanding young Amish man. When Zane sees the two together, his plans for the future crumble, and he impulsively enlists in the Army, following in his father's footsteps.

However, the passing of years and the distance between them isn't enough to halt their now hidden feelings for each other. If being together used to be difficult, it's now impossible, especially with the Amish opposed to war. Zane's service takes a dramatic turn when he's sent to Afghanistan. Being on the front line and the reality of taking a life has him questioning whether he can continue to serve or not. But all choices have consequences--both his and hers. With Lila preparing to marry another, will these one-time sweethearts ever find the life together that they both still long for?

My Thoughts:  

Excitement reigns in  my household when I see the mail carrier arriving and putting a rather large brown envelope in my mailbox! I had been rather ,,, no... VERY impatiently waiting for Leslie's new book, "Amish Sweethearts", as I read the reviews of others and knew that I was in for a fantastic read. "Amish Promises", the first in this new series was such a delight, that I just knew this one would also be a winner!! I was right!!!

Leslie Gould has once again written a book that engages the reader from beginning to end. Once I started this book, the world passed me by as I became part of the Amish community.  The characters are so realistically and well described that you  easily and quickly identify with them. You feel that you are once again meeting old friends as the characters from the previous book have matured and are now preparing for courtship and marriage. Lila became my beloved friend as she stumbled along on the rocky path of life. My greatest desire was to reach out, give her a hug and tell her that God would take care of all obstacles in her way. Zane and Lila's relationship takes you on a bumpy, emotional roller coaster ride. Just when you think the problems are working out, you take another plunge alongside them .  Turmoil is felt deep within, as  the reader travels along side them. Difficult decisions have to be made, ones that you would never expect an Amish girl to have to make. 

The plot moves quickly with twists and turns constantly appearing. Just when the romance seems to be going well , another unexpected block appears in the way. Lila had such a great desire to keep her faith, but could she do it if she entered Zane's world??? 

"Amish Sweethearts" is a unique  and very different tale in the Amish Fiction Genre. Definitely not your typical girl meets guy, falls in love, type of story. Combining the Amish world alongside the military is certainly one that makes one wonder how these young people can resolve their challenges. Trusting God to take care of us in any situation is a theme that is carried throughout the story. He does have a plan, we just don't always know what it is or when He is going to present us with an answer to problems. 

Definitely a five star book!! A real winner!!! 

This book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

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