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- Love At First Sight! by Nancee on 7/19/13
Addie Cramer's family is intent on her marrying Phillip Eicher, the Amish bishop's son, but Addie lacks any feelings beyond friendship for the young man. Her parents are persistent that she marry Phillip in honor and obedience to them, but Addie's head is turned by another man. Jonathan Mosier's family has moved back to Lancaster County after living in another Amish community for several years. Upon meeting Jonathan, Addie's senses are heightened and she knows she's in love. Jonathan shares her attraction but their lives become chaotic because of their attraction. The Cramers and Mosiers have held a longstanding grudge against one another, and both families are unwilling to forgive and forget. Addie is forbidden to see Jonathan which only adds bitterness and despair to her unhappiness. An Amish Romeo and Juliet, Jonathan and Addie do everything in their power to overcome the unforgiving feelings that still have a hold on their families.
Leslie Gould has penned another beautiful Amish love tale, a facsimile to the well-known story of Romeo and Juliet, a story of obedience and compromise. Written with multiple levels and several diverse characters, the author has combined these elements into a well-told and successful novel. Numerous emotions are characterized, and examples of mental health issues, including depression, anger and alcoholism are depicted in an open and direct style. Forgiveness is the archetype the Amish manifest in their beliefs, and is at the core of this well-written story. I previously read and thoroughly enjoyed Courting Cate, and this second book in The Courtships of Lancaster County is no disappointment! I look forward to the sequel in this series.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
- “Adoring Addie” by Leslie Gould by tickmenot on 6/29/13
Addie Cramer, an 18-year-old Amish girl, lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her parents, a maiden aunt and six brothers. Addie has been saddled with much of the child care for her two younger brothers, plus all the cooking and most of the housekeeping for everyone. Her mother is whiny and depressed, while her father is severe and stoic–nursing a feud between him and the Mosier family–a very un-Amish-like behavior. Addie would love to get away from this Cinderella-like existence, but to do that would involve getting married. Addie likes the idea of marriage, but not the Bishop’s son, Phillip, her parents have decided she should wed.
While Addie is trying her best to please her seemingly unpleasable parents, her two oldest brothers are going through Rumspringa. This is the time that teens often try a little, or a lot, of life outside Amish restrictions. Addie’s oldest brother, Timothy, is drinking almost every night, driving recklessly, and developing a foul temper justifying his behavior because of Rumspringa. He seems to search out members of the Mosier family to cause them trouble, or even physical harm. Addie’s parents look the other way regarding Timothy’s behavior.
By chance, Addie and Jonathan Mosier meet and instantly become besotted with each other. This is the story of whether or not the love Addie and Jonathan have for each other will have a future. Both sets of parents are horrified to have their children interested in each other. Will Timothy find a way to hurt, or do something even worse, to Jonathan? Will Addie’s parents be successful in forcing her to marry Phillip? Will the original source of the feud come to light, and are there new details to change everyone’s feelings?
To be honest, I didn’t like this book very much at first. Addie’s life seemed so hard and harsh, without any chance of things getting better for her, that I had to force myself to keep reading it. I ultimately did like how the story turned out. The characters are well developed, and the tale is told well. I give a four star recommendation for this book.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.
- Not my favorite Amish Fiction... by Pamela Jo on 6/18/13
I found "Adoring Addie" to be a bit disappointing. It's the first time I've read Leslie Gould's work and, sadly, this book did not make me want to rush out for more of her books.
The story was slow moving, especially in the beginning. When things picked up, it went too fast and seemed rushed. The premise of a "feud" among Amish families was a bit unbelievable, too. This is not the way the Amish conduct themselves. I've lived my entire life in PA Dutch country, and just could not relate to the characters or the plot.
This is the second book in The Courtships of Lancaster County. I've read some positive reviews about the first book in the series, but this one just didn't hold my interest.
I received "Adoring Addie" from Bethany House as part of their early reviewers program. I appreciate the opportunity to share my opinion. I wish I could have given this book a better rating, but it simply was not the best I've read.