Amish Promises (Neighbors of Lancaster County Series #1)

Amish Promises (Neighbors of Lancaster County Series #1)

by Leslie Gould

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Journey Down a Quiet Lane in Lancaster County Where Love and Heartache and Friendship and Healing Meet

When Joel and Shani Beck arrive at their new home, they're looking for peace. Shani is thrilled to have Joel back from Iraq, but he needs time to heal, and the quiet of Lancaster seems just the place. They can't imagine any trouble with their Amish neighbors, the Lehmans, but things get off to a rocky start when their son is involved in an accident that injures one of the Lehman boys.
Eve Lehman has run her brother's household ever since the death of his wife, but Tim's a stern patriarch. Despite his protests, she's drawn to the new neighbor, Shani, and the two begin to form a strong friendship forged on faith and family. Things seem like they've quieted down until Joel's single and handsome army friend Charlie catches Eve's attention--a man unlike any Eve has ever met. Suddenly life for both families becomes more complicated than any of them could have ever imagined.

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ISBN-13: 9781441269317
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Series: Neighbors of Lancaster County Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 581
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Leslie Gould is the author of the bestselling Courtships of Lancaster County series and coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 bestselling The Amish Midwife. 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 family in Portland, Oregon.
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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Amish Promises 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of AMISH PROMISES by Leslie Gould from Bethany House. It is the first installment in the Neighbors of Lancaster County series. I must preface this review by saying that I visit the “real” Lancaster County at least once a year and it is as picturesque and magnificent as the book describes. I felt as if I were visiting there anew. In the past I read ADORING ADDIE, also by Leslie Gould, so I knew this book would be a treat. In this adventure, two families are learning to live side-by-side. One family is Amish and the other family is not, and boy, do things start off on the wrong foot! There are plenty of moments that will make you gasp and even more that will make you laugh. Everyone is realistic and you will find many who you relate to, although in different ways. The chapters flow along at a fast pace and before you know, you’re turning the final page and sighing in longing because it is over. I look forward to the second book in this series. I will be passing this one on to my mother, who loves Amish fiction and visiting Lancaster County just as much as I do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this story. The characters and the story are fully developed and well thought out. The author did not resort to using sex to sell the story - nor did it need it. Found myself rooting for the characters and the story didn't let me down. esk 01/2017
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
An incredible look at what being neighbors means! I absolutely love these characters. I felt like I could sit down and have a cup of tea with them and immediately launch into a friendship because of how well I felt I knew them by the end of the book. There are so many layers of information given about their lives before the beginning of this book. They aren’t just dumped on the reader they are slowly revealed as friendships develop. There are some really hard subjects that are looked at in this book. Each one is dealt with in a very careful and thoughtful way. The main one is the difference between the Amish and their beliefs, and the Englisch that move into the farm next door. Another one is PTSD and wounded soldiers coming back from Iraq. The main focus is on this effect on the family and especially their spouse. And then there is also a deep look at the issue of motive behind what we do. Most everyone faces this at some time. We need to know if what we are doing is because God has called us to do it. Or are we doing it out of a desire to please other people and their plans for us.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
One of my first questions when I read the title was whether or not Amish promises are more binding than any other promises? Are the Amish better at keeping their promises than others? I don’t have the answers so each reader will need to figure that one out if you have the same questions. This is a compelling story about an English couple and their son who move to the home of the wife’s deceased grandfather after the husband was wounded in Iraq and returns home to his family. They are seeking peace and quiet so he can heal both physically and mentally. They think an Amish community should be an ideal location for that. Their closest neighbors are an Amish widower with five children and his sister who takes care of the house and children for him. The Amish may be known for their simple life but where there are hurts, pain, suffering, injuries, and the like, finding a simple life can be difficult. Both families have their own struggles with which to deal. Even the simple life can get very complicated. I enjoyed reading about the interaction between the “two worlds” through numerous incidents, accidents, and events. The Amish children and the English boy helped keep things lively and interesting. In truth, they did a much better job of getting along than some of the adults. If you have never read any Amish fiction, this may be an excellent starting point because the author paints a picture through story of some of the practical differences between the Amish and the English. I recommend the book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
I took a trip to Lancaster County, PA, through the book Amish Promises. I got to know Shani Beck, a nurse, who moved with her family to her grandfather's old farm, her husband Joel, an Iraqi war vet, with an injured leg and PTSD, and their twelve year old son Zane. Next door are their Amish neighbors, the Lehman's. Tim has lost his wife to cancer and his sister is living with him and his five children, helping take care of them. Tim is very stern and gruff, having been raised that way by his father. The Beck's try to be friendly with their neighbors but Tim makes it very difficult. I grew to love each of these characters, some more than others, of course. There was conflict, misunderstanding, warring of emotions, but also God's hope and grace and most of all love. The story of their growth through their problems was truly a heart tugging thing. I grabbed a Kleenex a time or two, not just for sadness, but for joy too! I was pulled into the story by the wonderful writing of Leslie Gould and had to stop at times and look around just to remember where I was. Follow along and learn about the neighbors of Lancaster County. I'm looking forward to book two in this series. I received this book from the author for my honest review, which I have given. I received no monetary compensation.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is a good mix of Amish and Englishers. Joel has returned from Iraq injured. Shani wants a fresh start and moves to her grandparents old home in Lancaster county. Their friend Charlie comes to help Shani and Joel get settled and he meets Eve Lehman, an Amish woman. Can they all be friends or can Amish and Englishers not stay friends. There are a lot of twists and turns in this story. I really loved all the characters and how they are woven together. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Amish Promises by Leslie Gould is not your cookie cutter novel about the Amish. Compelling, poignant, heartrending, this book draws the reader in right from the start. Englischer family, Joel and Shani Beck and their 12-year-old son, move down the lane from the home of the Amish family of Tim Lehman, his five children and their Aenti Eve, who cares for them. Both are wounded families, the Becks are dealing with Joel's Iraqi war injuries, physical and emotional, and the Lehman's with the death of Abra, wife, mother and best friend. Conflict and cultural contrast are prominent throughout the story and yet, the children 'click' immediately and the women fast become friends. The guys, on the other hand, have their issues--anger at what life has brought to them and grief at what has been lost. Gould does a wonderful job fleshing out her characters so that the reader truly feels like they are real people with very real struggles and heartaches. Pursued by an Amish widower, Eve, having vowed never to marry an Amish man and with the promise to care for her brother's children, sees no marriage in her future. Then the Beck's friend, Charlie, enters the scene and the romantic tension begins. Can these two families learn to live as friends or will the relationship just be distant neighbors? Will their faith in God with their diverse religious beliefs be strong enough to carry them through injuries, accidents, fire and ice storms? The author adds a touch of suspense to the story as hints about Eve's past with Abra, leaving the reader wondering what had gone on before until the unfolding of that background information is done at the right time. The blending and interaction of these two families' stories is masterfully done and the reader comes away with a sense of knowing that God is in control and a God of mending hearts and relationships. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book. When Joel and Shani decide to move to her grandfather's old home to get them away from all the bad things that he has been dealing with since getting injured in Iraq. Shani is pregnant and their son Zane is 12 and never has lived in area whee there at Amish people. They have neighbors the Lehman's who are leasing the field from Shani father. Tim is the brother and his 5 children and getting help from his sister since the loss of his wife to cancer just after the baby was born. There are a lot of things going on and Zane goes over to meet the family and spooks one of the horses and the 2nd son Simon gets hit in the head by the horses hoof. Shani doesn't know that cell service doesn't work and has not hooked up a land line yet when Joel falls and re-injures his leg. Joel is also dealing with PTSD and the loss of one of his company at the same time as his injury. Eve is Tim's sister and also taking care of the kids for Tim as a promise to she made to his late wife and her best friend. But Tim is not the warmest of people and doesn't make life any easier for any of them. Then there is Charlie, the only other guy from the Humvee survived the attack he helps them all out as much as he can and still keep his job in Philly. He tries to be friends with Eve but Tim doesn't like it because he is English and is afraid that he will loose his sister to the English partilly because what happened to his wife with his twin children which he adopted and made his. I could not put this book down and stop reading. Leslie Gould is a wonderful author and I love all of the books that I have read of hers.
Dawn-Read_Love More than 1 year ago
These words from the book jacket may be one of the most accurate and honest tag-lines I’ve ever seen: “…where love and heartache and friendship and healing meet.” Shani prays that by moving to Lancaster County, Joel, her injured veteran husband (who also suffers from PTSD) can begin to experience real healing. Shani and her son are especially hopeful about their new living arrangements (Joel, not so much). But when there’s an accident involving the Amish children next door, tensions rise. Still, despite some difficulties and disapproval, there are friendships forged between the two families that cast significant ripples into the futures of all involved. In Amish Promises, Leslie Gould ambitiously tackles many difficult and sensitive topics. By juxtaposing and blending two very different families – the Becks (Englishers) and the Lehmans (Lancaster County Pennsylvania Dutch) – she teaches some important lessons. For example: No family is immune to relational tension. No matter your walk of life, you can’t escape pain and heartache. Both the Lehman family and the Beck family have sorrow in their respective pasts that affects their present situations and also threatens to irreparably harm their futures. Gould’s characters (and, subsequently, her readers) come to understand that though forgiveness is not always easy, it is often a necessary prerequisite to healing. Additionally, Gould uses the relationship between Shani and Eve, two at-first-glance dissimilar women, to show that trust is something which sometimes requires a leap of faith in order to grow, and that one can find friendship in unexpected places. Reading the stories of these interconnected families was moving and comforting. Although Gould covers some weighty ground, the tone always remains hopeful and calm. Readers will find it easy to relate to Shani and Eve. Though neither has a trouble-free life, each approaches the challenges life hands her with strength and grace. Kudos to Leslie Gould for creating a friendship between these women that never felt contrived or unlikely. It was a pleasure to spend time in their company! Perhaps the most surprising and most fulfilling aspect of reading Amish Promises is this: You’ll find that being witness to Gould’s characters’ lives – with access to even their most private thoughts, words, and emotions – will cause you to examine your own life. You might ask yourself hard questions about things you’d prefer not to think about. But in the end, you’ll be glad you did. And though the answers may not come readily or comfortably, with a little faith and trust, they will come. Verdict: 4 of 5 Stars. An Honest Tale of Family, Friendship, Forgiveness, and Healing. Gould’s protagonist Shani hoped that relocating to Lancaster County would bring healing to her family. Well, you know what I discovered by reading Amish Promises? My time spent in this fictional landscape was a balm for my own heart. Do yourself a favor — read this book! *Disclosure of Material Connection: I would like to thank Bethany House Publishers for providing me a free copy of this title. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Amish books are not my favorite genre but I really enjoyed this book. The Amish family is skeptical and curious about their new English neighbors. The Becks, an injured veteran with PTSD and his pregnant nurse wife and their twelve year old son feel the same way about the Lehmans. This story has several unusual and surprising twists. After several mishaps, the families both work to follow the scripture "Love thy neighbor as thyself". The book kept my attention and I would recommend it to others. I won this book in a giveaway.
CamilleEide More than 1 year ago
A tale of love and family that crackles with tension on every page Is duty and honor alone enough to sustain a relationship? What about love, acceptance, and tenderness? What if tragedy alters a family to the point that all one can do is go through the motions, holding on by sheer duty? What if you fall in love with the wrong person at the worst possible time? The two very diverse families in Amish Promises deal with all of this in a very powerful way. It’s a gripping story about what two families do in spite of challenges, differences, mistakes, and fears borne of past traumas. And the key that makes the impossible possible. To be honest, I would not have expected an Amish story to hold so much tension, but this one grabs hold of you on the first page and tightens the tension with each page that follows. I laughed, cried, and worried about each of the characters and how the obstacles to their happiness could ever turn out. Leslie Gould is a subtly powerful storyteller and Amish Promises is the first book in a new series I very much look forward to reading.
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PennyMindingMom More than 1 year ago
"Amish Promises" by Leslie Gould is book one of her new series Neighbors of Lancaster County.  It is about Joel and Shani Beck who are the Lehmans new neighbours. Joel and Shani are English and the Lehmans are Amish. The Becks have one child and are expecting another very soon.  Tim Lehman is a widower with five children who are cared for by his sister Eve.  The children soon become fast friends and so do Shani and Eve much against the wishes of Joel and Tim who dislike each other almost immediately. Joel was injured in Iraq and needs time to heal.  His army buddy Charlie McCall comes to help the Becks every weekend.  Eve and Charlie soon find an attraction to each other. Can the friendship between the Becks and the Lehmans continue through the many obstacles in their way.  Who will Eve wed?  Will it be Gideon who wants to court her or will it be Charlie McCall the Englisher whom Eve has come to love? "Amish Promises" tells a story of friendship, love, struggles and heartache.  The author draws you into the lives of each character, so much so that you feel like you are living among them. In today's world it is so easy to get caught up in the "me" and become intolerant of anything that makes others different from us.  It was a great to be able to read about how the Amish and the Englishers could get along as neighbours in spite of their differences and how they can rely on each other in difficult situations.  It is a great reminder for us all. Ms. Gould weaves a tale that kept me captivated until the very end.  It is a book I would pick up to read over again and give it two thumbs up as a great read. Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.
simpleharvestreads More than 1 year ago
Amish Promises was a realistic, heart-warming read.  The storyline of Amish and English neighbors made the book very interesting and the conflict between the two kept the pace going.  Amish Promises also offers a look into soldiers who suffer from PTSD and the effects it has on them and their family.  The theme of friendship and loving your neighbor shined throughout the book. Though it was difficult to keep account of all the characters at the beginning of the story, the characters were extremely well-written.  The characters are real with real issues in both the Amish and English families.  The storyline of the relationship between the two families is different from most Amish novels.   Amish Promises discusses many difficult issues yet it is not a heavy read; they were handled with respect and grace.  I finished the book feeling encouraged and can not wait for the next book in the series. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own.
Christa4 More than 1 year ago
“Amish Promises,” by Leslie Gould is a magnificent read! This is the first book in the Neighbors of Lancaster County series. Joel Beck has recently returned from Iraq. He joins his wife, Shani, and son, Zane, in moving into Shani’s grandparents’ farmhouse. Shani hopes this will be a healing place for Joel. Shani becomes quick friends with her Amish neighbor, Eve Lehman. Zane becomes good friends with Eve’s nephews and nieces too. Eve takes care of her nephews and nieces, since her brother’s (Tim) wife passed away. Tim does not think too highly of the relationship that is blossoming between his Amish family and the English neighbors. Charlie, Joel’s Army buddy comes up from Philadelphia on the weekends to help the Becks. Something special starts forming between Charlie and Eve, but Tim does not approve of it. Can Eve turn her back on Tim and the children for a chance at love? Since coming back from Iraq, Joel and Shani, who is pregnant, are struggling too. What will happen with their relationship? Will the Lehman and Beck families be able to look past their differences and do what Jesus commands us to do…Love our neighbors as ourselves? This book is a definite must-read! Leslie does a great job of bringing the characters to life. Once you start, you will feel like you are right there with the Lehmans and Becks on Juneberry Lane!
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a great story! It is such a good combination of Amish and English. I think the author did a wonderful job with this novel and I was not ready for it to come to an end. One of the things I liked a lot about the book was the realism. It did not paint an idealized picture of life as an Amish person. But, in the same vein, it did not paint an idealized picture of the life of a veteran and his family. These truly were flawed people who were doing their best to survive day to day. I felt that the author did a good job of showing that both families dealt with issues. Life was both good and bad at times. The author also did a fabulous job of portraying life with an injured veteran, with the added complication of PTSD. I felt like I was there, in the midst of their family, wanting Joel to get better and to realize that he needed help! It was painful to see the journey that this family had to take, but so very interesting and rewarding by the end of the book. The journey for Eve and her family was just as touching and I applaud the author for the excellent way she brought the characters through their story, as well. I felt that the loose ends were tied up nicely and that there was a sweet and hopeful ending. However, there was still pain and judgment that certain people had to go through that added the realistic feel. This was such a good story and I definitely recommend it to those who enjoy Amish fiction. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Captured Right From The Start! Amish Promises, By: Leslie Gould This is the first book in the Neighbors of Lancaster County series. Leslie has done it yet again. She has written a book that is a home run in my book. The story and the characters draw you in right from the very start. I love how this story touches on PTSD and what that person and their family could deal with. It helps to shed a light on this topic. A wonderful combination of Amish & English brought together into a magnificent story. I laughed and cried for the charters in this story they touched me so. There were times I wanted to shout stop being so stubborn. I had such a hard time putting this book down I didn’t want to see this book end. I am so looking forward to the next book in the series. Be sure to get your copy today! It is a must read book. 5 star!
JulieSurfaceJohnson More than 1 year ago
Amish Promises is my favorite Amish book to date.The Lehman and Beck families have both known suffering, but they find hope in the presence of those who look at life through a different lens. While clearly pointing out differences between the two cultures (Amish and Englisch), this book demonstrates that healing--and even love--can occur when people of goodwill open their hearts to one another.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Amish Promises is a story of living ones faith, even if it doesn’t bring a lot of happiness, and marrying another just to fulfill a desire for family, even without love. How many have been caught in this situation? For the main character in this book, Eve, she has made promises to always take care of deceased friends children, and because of her upbringing, she has vowed to never marry a man who is Amish. Because she is Amish this leaves her in never land. I have always heard that the Amish don’t mind dealing with the English in business, but want their home life and their children to be kept separate and apart. In other words to socially unconnected. This story deals with English neighbors and their interaction with their Amish neighbors. It also deals with war and PTSD, and the effects of this on the family and friends. Put this all together and we have an amazing read, one that will really have you thinking and wanting to have some input, but of course you can’t. I thorough enjoyed this book, and it kept me turning the pages to find out what could possibly happen next, and their sure is a lot of action, whether it is a fire, ice storm, death, baby arriving, injury, etc. You won’t want to put this one down, the story is well written, and the characters have great depth. Enjoy! I received this book through Bethany House Publisher’s Bloggers Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Worlds Apart! Amish Promises is a blending of extensive differences in lifestyle and beliefs. Joel, Shani and their son moved to Lancaster County seeking peace and healing after Joel was released from the military. He was seriously injured and traumatized while serving his country in Iraq. Their new neighbors are Amish, and as new neighbors the Becks and the Lehmans soon discover more differences than similarities in their lifestyles. A widower, Tim Lehman is the patriarch of his family, and rules with an iron hand. His sister, Eve, has looked after his children since their mother died, but soon Shani and Eve develop a friendship despite their cultural differences, and in spite of Tim's warnings against it.  Diversity is the theme that is woven throughout this story of neighbors whose lifestyles are worlds apart. Realistic in detail, Leslie Gould has attempted to broach the distance between two very different ways of life through friendships regardless of differences, acceptance in spite of intolerance. The children are friends at once, interacting and begging for more time to spend together, accepting one another unconditionally. The adults throughout this book discover that blending their lives is a bit more difficult, particularly when Eve meets Joel's best friend, Charlie. Since Charlie's family background is Mennonite, he has a firm understanding of Amish practices. Regardless of Tim's loud protests, Eve and Charlie's attraction is sweet and poignant and difficult to ignore. Throughout this book Tim is a bitter, unfriendly man, but Amish compassion calls him to rise to the occasion more than once, softening my heart toward him. Through a series of trials, tragedies and differences of opinion and beliefs the author has meticulously interwoven the lives of the Becks and the Lehmans into an unforgettable story of accepting others despite their differences. I loved this story of vastly different characters and their discoveries about life, faith and acceptance. This is a book that will remain on my shelf for a second read! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Chaplain-Debbie_777 More than 1 year ago
Another winner! Leslie Gould does not disappoint! I am NOT a reader of Amish fiction, but I can't seem to stay away from Leslie's books. She writes in a way that the characters come alive....nothing boring or predictable. Amish Promises is book one in Leslie's newest Neighbors of LANCASTER COUNTY series. It not only keeps to her great insight into the Amish community, but it takes it in a whole new direction. It's about an Amish family who get new Englisch neighbors. I truly loved how Leslie played this story out...never going off track or droning on. She simply tells a story of (quoting from the book) “Love and  Heartache and Friendship and Healing.  Promises aren't made to be broken.....yet sometimes it is for the best.  I highly recommend this book and every other book that Leslie has written. Thank you Bethany House and Leslie for the opportunity to read this great book.  I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a positive review.
theskett More than 1 year ago
Leslie Gould's ability to weave a good story and keep reader interest is evident in Amish Promises, the first book in her new series Neighbors of Lancaster County. I enjoyed the development of the neighbor relationship as the author showed characters working through real struggles. Oh, that we all could have best friends like Charlie and Eve. The story has a believable blend of Amish and Englisch. One of the story strengths is how people can find their way through difficulties with God's help. Looking forward to reading more about these neighbors!
TheAvidReader_KA More than 1 year ago
Amish Promises by Leslie Gould is a lovely Amish fiction book. It is the first book in The Neighbors of Lancaster County series. Amish Promises is set in 2004. Eve Lehman (she is considered an old Maidel) is living with her brother, Tim, who is a widower. She is helping take care of his five children. Eve promises Tim’s wife and her best friend, Abra that she would take care of the children. Eve made a promise to herself that she would never marry an Amish man (she grew up with a harsh father and her brother is very similar). The farmhouse next door has been empty since Old Mr. William’s passed away. Eve received a call the current owner’s daughter and son-in-law would be moving in and asked her to tidy the place up. Eve cleaned up the house and left a special quilt for its new residents. Shani and Joel Beck along with their son, Zane (he’s twelve) are moving into the farmhouse. Shani is a pediatric nurse and currently pregnant with their second child. Joel was injured in Iraq and is having a difficult time. Shani is hoping the quiet of the country and living in the farmhouse will be helpful and healing for her husband. Zane is excited that there are children next door. What they do not know is that Tim Lehman does not like his family to mix with Englischers (he has good reasons). The day they move in Zane disappears. Joel, who keeps refusing help, falls down the front steps breaking his leg. Their landline has yet to be installed and, of course, cell phone reception is nonexistent. Shani rushes next door to the Lehman’s to use their phone. Shani finds another emergency in progress. Zane had gone into the barn, scared a horse, which kicked Simon (one of Tim’s sons). Simon is unconscious and has a broken jaw. Two ambulances have to be called. Tim insists that Zane do Simon’s chores until he is well again (they run a dairy farm). Charlie McCall, Joel’s army buddy and family friend, comes down on weekends to help out the family. He helps them unpack, chop firewood, and plays ball with Zane. Joel, unfortunately, instead of thankful for the help, sees how useless he is and falls into a worse depression. Zane, though, takes to the Lehman children right away and they are fast friends. But you know there is going to be trouble because of Tim. Shani is struggling to take care of the home, Zane, and Joel. Joel sits in front of the television all day and he is constantly worrying about everything (the pregnancy, money, and safety). Eve loves having Shani nearby and they get to know each other. The children are soon going in and out of the Beck’s home after school. Eve also gets to know Charlie (you can see where this is going to go). Eve is also being courted by the Bishop, Gideon. Eve, though, does not care for the Bishop and tries to avoid him. Both families have their troubles and it is going to take something big to bring them together. I give Amish Promises 5 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed reading this book and did not want it to end. I have tried to summarize the book, but it is difficult. There is a lot of action in the book (and I did not want to give away any spoilers). It is a story of two families who seem very different, but they really have a lot in common. They find a way to work together and respect each others beliefs.I loved the book’s ending. If you like Amish fiction, you will enjoy Amish Promises. I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
This is not your ordinary run-of-the-mill Amish novels.  It is a wonderful refreshing look at Amish and English families working to live next door to each other.   Add a romance between the Amish woman and the military friend of the English family and you just might have a formula for disaster.   Readers are certain to enjoy seeing if the two families can learn to exist peacably together.    Leslie Gould addresses PTSD among former military in the book and does it with respect, dignity and honesty.  Grief plays a part in the characters' lives as well, in several different forms.    I have always thought it would be great fun to live next to Amish and be able to form close friendships with them, but from this book, I learned that it might not be as simple as one would think.   What do you think would be most challenging in this situation?   Read and see if your thoughts are accurate.    See if the two very different worlds will be collide and explode or coexist and thrive. I rate this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers. I received a print copy of this book from the author and a pdf version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.