Adoring Addie (Courtships of Lancaster County Series #2)

Adoring Addie (Courtships of Lancaster County Series #2)

by Leslie Gould

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A New Amish Romance from Christy Winner and Bestselling Author Leslie Gould

When Addie Cramer's mutter and daed decide Phillip Eicher is the man for her to marry, they claim she must honor them by obeying their wishes. But then she falls in love with Jonathan Mosier--part of the family with whom the Cramers have a long-held grudge.

With the help of others in her community who long to see the quarrel healed, Jonathan and Addie struggle to continue their relationship against both sets of parents' wishes. But when one of Addie's vengeful brothers harms a member of the Mosier family, Jonathan intervenes and is banished from Lancaster County.

A distraught Addie determines to find the true reason for the grudge between the two families, hoping to tear down the animosity of the past. Can their love for each other bridge the divide between their families? Or are they destined to remain apart forever?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441261380
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2013
Series: Courtships of Lancaster County Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 148,666
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Leslie Gould is the author of Courting Cate and the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 bestselling The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She resides with her husband and four children in Portland, Oregon. Learn more at
Leslie Gould is the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 bestselling The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny. She is also the author of numerous novels including two Lancaster Amish series. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She resides with her husband and four children in Oregon. Learn more at

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Adoring Addie 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Courting Cate; which i loved and am less than 60 pages into Adoring Addie and am enjoying it immensly. I have enjoyed amish books for awhile and am thrilled to discover another author to read.
ASimplyEnchantedLife More than 1 year ago
Book two in The Courtships of Lancaster County series by Leslie Gould is another wonderful Amish Rendition of a Shakespeare tale! These books are stand-alone so I wouldn’t worry much about which order to pick them up though I’ll say I really enjoyed this book more than Courting Cate. Both books were really good but this one was simply my favorite of the two. The characters were enjoyable and easy to relate to. About the Story: Addie Cramer’s parents are set on her marrying Phillip Eicher and are furious when she begins to show an interest in Jonathan Mosier. I have to admit that Phillip drove me nuts. He was annoying and just irritated me. This of course was the desired emotion the author obviously wished to invoke. The Cramer’s disdain for Jonathan stems from a decades old feud between the Mosier and the Cramer Family. Their hatred clouds their mind and skews their ideas about Jonathan, who actually is a really stand up kind of guy and a great Christian to boot! The real reason for the feud is discovered by Addie and it’s a very tricky situation to deal with. This leads to a good bit of soul searching and thought on Addie’s part on how to best deal with and diffuse the feud—bringing peace and healing to both families. This book deals with situations of alcoholism and depression that will really make you connect with these characters. They seem so lifelike! I’ve read a good bit of skepticism about how one can retell such a tragic story such as Romeo and Juliet in a lighthearted Amish tale but the author captured the tale perfectly! I am very eager to pick up the entire series. Most retellings are typical and annoying. These are a bit unique as they’re in an Amish setting and they’re much more lighthearted than secular tales.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
ADORING ADDIE by Leslie Gould is an interesting Inspirational Contemporary Romance set in Lancaster County,PA. #2 in "The Courtships of Lancaster County",but can be read as a stand alone. See,"Courting Cate". Meed Addie Cramer and Jonathan Mosier. Their families have been at odds for years until..... Secrets, anguish, old hurts, and the power of love may bring two long overdue families together or tear apart young love. With depression, anger and alcoholism not counting bitterness and forgiveness is depicted in "Adoring Addie". A Amish modern day Romero and Juliet! A great read! Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: SWEET REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Get the tissues before you sit down to read this one! Addie Cramer is the only girl in the family with six brothers. The Cramers have a Hatfield vs McCoys relationship with the Mosier family. It hasn't always been this way, Addie's Daed and Dirk Mosier were best friends from the time they were little boys, until something happened and they became enemies. This disagreement has carried over to the next generation, at least as far as Addie's brothers are concerned. Addie's parents want her to court and marry Phillip Eicher, the bishops son from the neighboring district, and she's considering it but just isn't sure it's what she wants. When she notices a strange man in their field one evening and at their house the next day for the BBQ she learns that his name is Jonathan Mosier, Dirk's son, and his family is moving back to the area to care for Dawdy Mosier. You'd think with Addie being the only girl she'd be treasured and maybe spoiled (as spoiled as any Amish child would be that is) but no, she can't do anything right as far as her parents and two oldest brothers are concerned. She still tries to please them in every way possible, she's never done anything wrong, that is until Jonathan comes to town. Your heart will break for Addie, I found myself wanting to give that family a piece of my mind to wake them up. Leslie really yanks on your heartstrings and you will NOT be able to put this one down until reach the end! If the next book, "Minding Molly" is anything like this one, I can hardly wait and it says it won't be out until February of 2014, DARN! A must read! ! ! !  Oh, and have your tissues nearby while reading "Adoring Addie".
THESELF-TAUGHTCOOK More than 1 year ago
Addie's parents have decided on Phillip Eicher as the man for their daughter.  One problem:  she's in love with Jonathan Mosier.  Her parents are involved in a decades-long feud with his family, and no one will tell her why.  The young couple tries to bridge the gap between the two families, but when the feud turns violent, the future of their relationship is at stake. This was one of the most interesting Amish fiction novels I have read in quite a while.  It held my attention from the very beginning.  Addie's parents and brothers aggravated me tremendously as they were selfish and controlling.  But at times, I wanted to yank Addie out of the book and tell her to grow a backbone.  However, the mystery of the feud was interesting enough to keep me reading.   Probably the best plot I've seen in this genre lately.... 5 stars 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.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Love At First Sight! 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Second in series and a great stand alone read's a different insight to normal things that they also struggle and overcome..
Christa4 More than 1 year ago
“Adoring Addie,” the second book in the series, The Courtships of Lancaster County, by Leslie Gould is a definite must-read! Everyone assumes Addie Cramer will marry Phillip Eicher, the Bishop’s son, but Addie questions if he is the right one. When Addie meets Jonathan Mosier, she knows it is love at first sight. The problem is the Cramers and Mosiers do not see “eye to eye” and will do anything they can to make sure Jonathan and Addie stay clear of each other. Can Jonathan and Addie bring their families back together? Will Addie marry the love of her life or will she have to settle with Phillip? Leslie does a great job relating the characters to circumstances that everyone can relate to including lying, depression, faith, hope, love and forgiveness. I highly recommend reading this book. Once you start it, you won’t want to put it down!
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PennyMindingMom More than 1 year ago
What would happen if you were forbidden to marry your true love? When Addie Cramer meets Jonathan Mosier it is love at first site. A long standing feud between their families threatens to keep them apart and Addie and Jonathan must find a way to reconcile the two families by digging into a past that many would prefer stay buried. It is an inspiring love story of two Amish young people who discover love, forgiveness and truth. Adoring Addie is the second book in the “Courtships of Lancaster County” series. It is a stand alone book, with an underlying “Romeo and Juliet” theme. The author, Leslie Gould draws you into the Amish community with vivid imagery and speech that helps you escape to a simpler lifestyle. I found some of the speech and mannerism difficult to understand at first, but the author skillfully worked them into the story so that you could piece the meaning together. It is a great reminder that a simple way of life can be very fulfilling, you don’t need to have all the modern conveniences of the world to be happy. Adoring Addie is a great Christian romance novel, reminding us of God’s love and acceptance of us and those around us. Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
When will Addie Cramer own up to her parents that she has nothing in common with.   Phillip Eicher, the bishop’s son.  She just can not image marrying someone she does not love.  Besides he is very boring and  knows nothing about the real Addie and her feelings.  She wants to marry someone who is actually interested in listening to her wants, needs and fears.  So far the only man that seems to be interested in what she has to say is Johnathan Mosier.   Johnathan Mosier is mesmerized at the first time he laid eyes on Addie Cramer and after talking to her he finds her to be humble, sincere and very attractive.  The loyalty she shows toward her family and Amish community is from her heart and her trust in God.   Like the Hatfields and the McCoys the Cramers and the Mosiers hold a grudge against each other and would never agree to a union between the two families.     The author has written a wonderful story of a couple's heartache, a daughter's desire to honor her father and mother,  reconciliation between friends, family and God.   This story shows the readers how anger and harboring a grudge can harden one's heart and distant him from God.  Addie's father seemed to favor his son's over his daughters,  being more interested in what a marriage union for his daughter would bring to him and his family rather than how his  daughter felt about the man her father had chosen for her to marry. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Baker Publishing/Bethany House for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  This review is my honest opinion. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adoring Addie was an Awesome Read As devoted reader of Amish fiction, Adoring Addie was the first book I’ve read by Leslie Gould. While Gould’s approach to Amish fiction does not carry the personal acquaintance with the Amish that Beverly Lewis has because of her mother’s background, her approach into a fictional Amish community in Lancaster County Pennsylvania was believable and obviously well researched. Through her narrative, Addie effectively introduces us to her Amish family and relatives and her relationships and struggles with the people she is close to. Addie’s story is about loyalty, heartache, and resilient hope in family, even when they deeply disappoint. As the dutiful daughter, Addie works hard to keep her dysfunctional Amish family in favor with neighbors and relatives. Along the way, Addie falls for Jonathan Mosier, a young Amish man new to her community, but not new to hardened grievances between Addie’s family and neighbors. As Addie works through her family relationships and setbacks, we see a glimpse into an Amish community that struggles with the same private problems as other people: intolerance, drinking, rebellion, and depression. I did think that Gould’s use of drinking with the character Timothy a bit excessive. While Addie was definitely not a Pollyanna character, I like how Addie so willingly gave everyone the benefit of the doubt. Even Phillip, the self-proclaimed narcissist, who contributed much to Addie’s problems, was not beyond Addie’s good will. Gould’s well written narrative invites us into Addie’s Amish world while working a plot of real life action and painful mysteries from seemingly routine and everyday events. I was interested in Addie’s story by chapter 3 and somewhere along the way I couldn’t stop reading the book until I learned the outcome for Addie and Jonathon. I’ll be looking for a copy of Courting Cate, Book 1 in The Courtships of Lancaster County, to get current with Gould’s series. And I look forward to reading Gould's next Amish novel. Bethany House Publishing gave me a free copy of Adoring Addie by Leslie Gould to review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adoring Addie is the first Amish novel that I have read.  It was a good first read to venture into the Amish world.  Addie Cramer is a nineteen year old young lady who is underappreciated at home by her family, especially her mother.  Addie's mother is a self centered woman who wants to control Addie by having her do all of the housework, and who wants her to marry the Bishop's son Phillip even though Addie has no feelings for him.  Addie's family believes that Phillip is the perfect catch, and Addie herself is unsure until she meets Jonathon Mosier.  There is no doubt that Jonathon is the man for her, but they have to sneak around because of the long standing feud between the Cramers and the Mosiers. Addie and Jonathon enlist the help of family members to ease the feud between their parents so they can be together.  I will not give more of the story away, so you will have to read how it turns out! I give this novel a 4 out of 5 stars.  What that bothered me where how fast Addie and Jonathon fell in love with each other (love at first sight), I am not sure how realistic that was – it was too fast for me.  I would have liked to have seen their relationship grow a little more.   Also, I would have I wasn't quite sure throughout the novel of what time we were in, current day or the past. Maybe it was just because this was my first Amish novel.  The vocabulary of the Amish people was explained, or was easy to figure out what the word meant. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest opinion and review of this book.  I would recommend this book to other readers and will for sure consider reading the Courting Cate -Book #1 in the Lancaster County Series and future books from this author Leslie Gould. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love a good love story! Especially when it is a forbidden love. If you like this type of story this book is for you! Addie's parents had decided on her perfect husband, and she had never rebelled before. Until she met Jonathan, she was forbidden to see him. But in the end they won!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adoring Addie by Leslie Gould is a wonderful book! The plot was quick moving. I finished it in 2 days! It is about a girl named Addie who is the only daughter in an Amish family. She is supposed to marry the boring Philip when she meets Jonathan. There is strife between her family is Jonathan's though and they must figure out a way to end the strife so that they can get married. It is a great read! I recommend it.
dau8ter_of-the_King More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book. Such broad spectrum there is in this book. This was a book I requested because I enjoy reading Amish fiction plus it was a new author for me to read.  Addie Cramer and Her family has had a long standing feud with the Mosiers. Yet I do know what you are thinking. The Amish don't have feuds and this sounds like an Amish Romeo and Juliet Feud. Yes to both questions it is.  What we may not realize is that there are other aspects to consider with the families. Yet the Cramers are insisting that Addie marry Phillip Eicher, when she is falling totally in love with Jonathan Mosier. Her family at first is totally against and the feud between their siblings grows.  There is also so much needed background information. Depression, and alcoholism is woven gently into the picture. Family members have problems with their depression and unsure as to where to go, and let alone truly talk about what lies beneath the problem. Not on person wants to admit that they are involved in the problem.  Yet Addie and Jonathan have to dig deep just to find out what the problem is and how to redeem the family members who are involved in the feud.** I received this book from Bethany House for my honest opinion. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of ADORING ADDIE by Leslie Gould from Bethany House. It is the second book in the Courtships of Lancaster County series. I requested this one because it is Amish fiction, and my mother loves Amish fiction. I wanted to be able to pass it on to her when I was done – I should also add that I likewise enjoy reading about the Amish lifestyle since my mother and I visit Lancaster County once a year. It sounded a bit…typical. How many times has Romeo and Juliet been rewritten, right? I was expecting a typical story about a close-knit family, a forbidden love, and home-style cooking. Yes, the book had that mouth-watering food and the forbidden love, but the close-knit family? Not so much. This has become, by far, my favorite Amish book EVER. It wasn’t typical at all. In fact, it was naughty and scintillating. Addie, short for Adelaide, does not have a close-knit family. Right from the start, we know that she isn’t close to her parents or her older siblings. She acts as a surrogate mother to her younger brothers. Her aunt lives with them, and she gets along well with her, but the aunt is treated poorly (in my opinion) by Addie’s family and just puts up with it. Addie’s mother is possessive, controlling, and mentally unwell. Then, there are Addie’s older brothers who are on their Rumspringa. For those of you unfamiliar with the Amish lifestyle, that means that they have the chance to live in the “English” world before joining the church. Samuel and George have a trailer, but Timothy lives at home. He drives a car, wears “English” clothes, and drinks. A lot. They’re always at parties. Addie is the good daughter who is courting, more or less, the bishop’s son. She doesn’t really love him, though. Then, Jonathan moves to town. His family and Addie’s have a feud, so she is forbidden to see him. In the other Amish books I’ve read, a feud wouldn’t even be tolerated, but here, everyone knows about it. Addie and Jonathan want to make it right. Their part of the story actually felt a bit flat – love at first sight, almost instantly wanting to marry. I would have loved to see more of a solid relationship build between them. That might make you wonder why this is my favorite Amish book, then. I had to keep turning the pages to see what happened next to this dysfunctional Amish family. I stayed up until one in the morning reading, even though I had to rise at six for work, just because I couldn’t put it down until I saw how it ended. Despite the old Romeo and Juliet theme, as an Amish book, this is fresh and new.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Wow!!! Adoring Addie was great! It is the second in a series. The first was Courting Cate, also a favorite of mine. But I have to say that I liked this one even better...and that is saying something. The author has done a wonderful job and the story is a retelling (based on) Romeo and Juliet. I am happy to report that the ending is not the same as the classic. The characters are so sweet and believable and their love is so true. They have so many obstacles to overcome. I have found that Leslie Gould is very good at creating characters that you love, as well as very unlikeable characters to play the adversarial roles. Makes for some great story telling. I highly recommend this book for fans of Amish romance and Christian romance. The book can stand alone, however, I think it is even better if you know the other characters from the first book, Courting Cate, which is based on Taming of the Shrew. I was blessed to receive this book in a contest and was under no obligation to offer a review. However, I am very happily reviewing this book and recommend it highly.
CherylSec More than 1 year ago
Adoring Addie by Leslie Gould is the second book in the Amish romance series, The Courtships of Lancaster County. This charming book was inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Addie Cramer and Jonathan Mosier fall in love, but a longstanding feud between the Cramers and the Mosiers stands in the way of their happiness. Addie is torn between her love for Jonathan and her desire to honor her parents’ wishes, especially when she believes their wishes are unjust and are based on resentments no one will acknowledge or explain. To make matters worse, not only do they refuse to allow her to court her true love, they are pushing for her to marry Phillip Eicher, a good man but a man she knows she can never love. Addie and Jonathan’s only hope to court and marry is to uncover the mystery behind this feud and resolve it. The book held my interest from start to finish. The characters are interesting, fun and sometimes infuriating. I don’t usually read Amish fiction, but I enjoyed both Courting Cate and Adoring Addie. I received a free copy of this book, but I was under no obligation to write a review. I really enjoyed Adoring Addie. I look forward to Leslie Gould’s next book in this fun romantic series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Addie Cramer’s dreams are simple. She wants what every Amish woman desires--a husband, home and family. Her problem lies in figuring out for sure who that husband should be. She thinks perhaps Jonathan Mosier might be the man for her, but her family has been holding a grudge against his since before she was born and getting together seems nearly impossible. This heartwarming romance loosely follows the storyline of Romeo and Juliet, complete with a balcony scene. I’ve read the first book in the series and as much as I enjoyed it, I found Adoring Addie even better with its charming storyline and large cast of wonderfully-developed characters. Great read!
RhondaGayleNashHall More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful Amish rendition of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.  Addie and Jonathan have fallen in love but have to figure out what caused the huge rift/feud between their families before the family will bless their relationship.   This story also deals with alcoholism and depression in several of the characters.   Having both issues in my own family, I certainly could relate to the feelings of pain associated with them.   The Amish in Leslie's story do address the issues but I will not reveal a great deal as I don't wish to spoil the story for readers.  I loved this book and was definitely rooting for dear Addie to find love and acceptance within her Amish home and community.  I think those are things we all long to have, aren't they?   This book can give some insight into the handling of the issues.   I appreciate the way Leslie's characters are "real":   they may be Amish, but they have their struggles to deal with too.   The honesty in this storyline were very appealing to me.    I know one thing, though, I am definitely eager to read Book 3 and see what happens next for the characters!    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adoring Addie is one of those page turners that kept my interest from start to finish. The love story between Addie and Jonathan was pure and simple though the furor surrounding their romance was anything but that. Through it all, Jonathan remains steadfastly devoted to his God and his true love Addie. And it's through his love for her that Addie begins to understand the depth of God's love, something she'd never experienced from her troubled family. I appreciated the author's integrity in dealing honestly with her characters, even weaving in themes of dysfunction among the Plain folk (Addie's mother and brother Timothy and cousin Hannah all suffered from depression, some of which was genetic and some of which resulted from guilt-bearing over a long period of time). Gould has a deft hand with place descriptions and a gift for making characters real. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Amish fiction but, more than that, to anyone who appreciates fine writing based on classic literature. (I received "Adoring Addie" for free in exchange for an honest review.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never read before. Looks like a good book. Also, This may be weird but, My name is Addie. I know a lot of kids named Addie. No or yes?