Amish Sweethearts (Neighbors of Lancaster County Series #2)

Amish Sweethearts (Neighbors of Lancaster County Series #2)

by Leslie Gould

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ISBN-13: 9780764215247
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Series: Neighbors of Lancaster County Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 417,919
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Leslie Gould is the bestselling author of The 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.

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Amish Sweethearts 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Loved this book, only wish it did not end so abruptly, I would have liked an epilogue,to the story,what happens with Rose,and Ruepert,Does Zane become Amish,Do they marry?Does Simon and Casey get together,and what about Trudy,and Adam? Does Eve and Charlie ever have children? Too many things left unanswered
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed book 1 & 2 loved them but did not enjoyed the ending so please tell me their will be another book
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
Amish Sweethearts is the second book in Leslie Gould’s Neighbors of Lancaster County series, coming after Amish Promises, and is the first book I have ever read by her. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, though I was pretty excited for this story, but unfortunately I have to say I was sorely disappointed. The storyline was slow, and there just didn’t seem to be much depth in so many of the scenes, and I found myself completely bored before I was even halfway through the book. So, if I’m honest with you, I have to say I didn’t actually “finish” this whole book, per se. I did skim it, and read a good deal of the end where things were actually slightly interesting, so I do know everything that happened. I just didn’t exactly read it. I really hate to have to do that with any book, but I just didn’t want to read if that meant reading that book—and I read all the time. I love it. So you know when a half-finished book sits on my table gathering dust, I’m really not enjoying it because once I get a few chapters in, I’m usually hooked and will finish the book within a couple of days, if not a couple of hours. Zane and Lila are perfectly wonderful characters, but both had their own flaws that made them a little bit harder to really love. Zane makes so many snap decisions! I mean, the whole reason he was in the Army was because he was running away from what might have been with Lila, and that’s by far the biggest snap decision, especially since it changes the course of his life for the duration of this book. But somehow he doesn’t learn from that mistake, and he almost gives his life away again later in the book, even going so far as to almost drag Lila down with him. And that brings me to the one issue I had with Lila. She’s so wishy washy! Now I know she’s had a hard life, and I know it’s difficult to go between what her dad wants—her to marry the bishop’s son—and what her heart desires—Zane. But still, to go back and forth the way she does, constantly leading on Reuben while still holding on to what little remains of her relationship with Zane, is just too much for me. While I understand it was a hard decision to make, she could have at least been honest with the both of them. And the way she just all the sudden makes a decision near the end kind of surprised me. After all that struggling, it seemed she made a really snap decision on what she wanted in her life. Anyway, I wish that I could say I liked this novel more than I did, but that wouldn’t be honest, so I’m going to have to say it definitely wasn’t my favorite book, and I’m only going to give it three out of five bookshelves. The end did get slightly interesting, and I did enjoy that part, so that’s why I’m giving this novel as many bookshelves as I am, but I wouldn’t highly recommend this story. Now I’m not saying don’t read it, because everyone has different opinions and you might just like it far more than I did, I’m just saying proceed with caution. And I hate with everything in me that I’m saying that, because as a writer myself I know how hard it is when someone criticizes your work, so I really despise doing it, but I vowed to write honest reviews, and I’m not going to stop now. So that’s what I really thought of this book. I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway. (This review is from my blog, spreadinghisgrace.blogspot.com)
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
AMISH SWEETHEARTS is the second book in Ms. Gould's Neighbor's of Lancaster County series. Fans will want to read the first book, Amish Promises, since this series does not stand alone. I wanted to like AMISH SWEETHEARTS better than I did. I looked forward to reading Zane's and Lila's story. Zane grew up to be a wonderful young man, kind, considerate, and serving the country, like his dad and his dad's best friend, Charlie. He did end up second guessing his decision, but I'm sure that is normal for most young people in the military, especially those who are deployed for ongoing war. Lila moved on (sorta) loving Zane but being courted by Reuben, and she wouldn't talk to Zane when he was home, but then sulked when he respected her boundaries. Zane and Lila were apart with no communication most of the book. It was a good read, Ms. Gould is a talented author, and I would call this women's fiction more than romance.
rkokes More than 1 year ago
Summary: Amish Sweethearts is book two in the Neighbors of Lancaster County series by Leslie Gould. It continues the story of Zane Beck and Lila Lehman and their families. Zane and Lila had been best friends for years, and even though their feelings were beginning to turn into something more, Zane wasn't Amish and Lila wouldn't leave the Amish and all that she has ever known. In hurt and frustration, Zane runs away to join the Army and Lila dutifully courts the Bishop's son. Neither is happy, but neither sees a way to resolve the cultural battle they each face. Will they continue to stay apart and do what is expected of them, or is there a way that they can be together after all? Thoughts: Yeah, well I didn't care for this book. It isn't that the author isn't a good writer-I have read others of her books-but I just did not like the way the characters developed in this story. First, there are a LOT of characters to keep track of. I know this is common in Amish stories, but I found myself easily confused trying to remember which person was which. Second, Lila's family members were extremely selfish. Every one of her immediate family seemed to be out for themselves, which seemed to go against the Amish culture in a way. It was almost as if Lila was a Cinderella type of character, and she was just "poor me, my life stinks, but there isn't anything I can do." I could see being a dutiful daughter, but she just really didn't have any backbone. Zane wasn't much better. He joined the military for the wrong reasons, and even though he does some heroic things, he considers deserting. Maybe coming from a military family, this rubs me the wrong way, but I just felt like both of the main characters seemed totally helpless in their lives, when really it was their own choices that had put them there. As much as I wanted to like them, I kind of wanted to just kick them in the pants and say "get over yourselves already!" And, the way everything was solved in the end-I won't spoil it for you-but I was like "that's it?" Seems like they could have resolved the whole love problem without this book even being a part of the series. I really did want to like this book, but it just wasn't something I enjoyed and I wouldn't recommend it. As always though, I want to thank Bethany House for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for my unbiased review.
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
Amish Sweethearts was book 2 in the Neighbors of Lancaster County. Unfortunately, I didn't read book 1, but I did get to read book 2. This contemporary Amish story is set in the year 2010 which is a time period we can all relate to, of course. I did feel that it was great as a stand alone novel sans book 1 as well. The story of Lila and Zane was very interesting and has kept me quickly reading and hating to put the book down. Zane is "Englisch" and Lila is Amish. They have feelings towards one another but realize those feelings shouldn't and couldn't come to much because of Lila's faith in her religion, her loyalty to family and the fact that she was already baptized into the church. As a result Zane signs up for the military and leaves Lila who was being courted by Amish man Reuben, much to the happiness of her family. But was she happy? The book is really good. I enjoyed it so much. Definitely an A+ for this one. It is the first book of this author that I have read. Will be reading more!
ToriPeterson More than 1 year ago
This is not your typical Amish romance book. This one steps outside of the box a little bit, and to be honest I was quite surprised by it. This book gives a little of everything, and will take you on a roller-coaster of emotions. It really has just about everything. Lila is a young Amish girl who has lost her mother, lives with her father, and is the main caretaker of the family. Her sister Rose should be a help around the house but is more lazy than helpful. Lila takes care of the household, helps her father with chores when needed, and works outside of the home to help her family. She is courting an Amish man whom her father wants to see her married to. However, her heart belongs to her childhood Englisch friend who lives next door, Zane. Zane is a young Englisch gentleman. His heart also belongs to Lila, but they come from two very different worlds. Lila is not willing to leave the Amish. Zane joins the military to get away from his heartbreak of seeing Lila with another man, and is sent on a rather intriguing journey with his Civil Affairs Unit. Can the two find a way to make their love work? How could two people from such very different worlds possibly come together? I loved pretty much all the characters in this book even though I wanted so badly to reach through the pages and give them a good shake. Lila was by far my favorite character. She really had such a pure heart, and was willing to do whatever she could for anyone. However, she also had a stubborn side and wasn't focused on making herself happy. Zane is more stubborn than any of the characters in the book. He was tender hearted, but so frustrating I couldn't hardly take it. I just wished time and again he would pour his heart out to Lila instead of carry on. Rose was my least favorite character. She was incredibly lazy, seemed overly jealous of Lila, and just got on my last nerve. However, I can see where this could lead to a book just about her which I would love to read. There could also be a book about Lila's brother Simon which I would love to read as well. I was on the edge of my seat time and again while reading this book. There is just so much going on that you can't wait to find out what will happen next. The author does a fantastic job of leaving her readers wanting more. Everything was easy to imagine, and I appreciate that the story flowed so nicely without leaving me confused. This is book two in this series, but you honestly can't tell. I haven't read book one, and this book does a great job as a stand alone book. I do have to say, though, after reading book two I want to go back and read one just because I fell in love with the characters. It isn't often you find an Amish book where not only does the Amish girl fall in love with an Englisch boy, but there is suspense thrown in there with it. Zane joining the military definitely switched things up from your typical Amish romance book. I was left wanting to read more about Lila and Zane, but maybe in the future there will be more to their story. Until then I will just have to make do. I definitely recommend this book if you love Amish romance. More so if you like a little suspense thrown in. There are so many twists and turns to this book I don't see how anyone reading it could get bored at all. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
This book called "Amish Sweethearts" by author Leslie Gould answers a question. Can people love each other even though they have both gotten older and had different experiences? Zane has always loved Lila but, when it looked like they would not be together Zane goes in the army. Years and years have gone by. They are two very different people, even more so now. Can two hearts heal and get back to each other? What will their future hold? I really liked this book and so will any reader who believes in second chances. I give this book a 4/5, I was given this book for a review and these are my opinions. - See more at: http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2016/03/amish-sweethearts-by-leslie-gould.html#sthash.pc0pLACo.dpuf
Pooke More than 1 year ago
Impossible Love Zane and Lila grew up together, and have loved each since childhood. As neighbors, they spent their lives close in both distance, and in their hearts. Even though they have shared their deepest thoughts and interests, they have also shared the knowledge that a relationship with each other would never work. Lila is Amish, and Zane is not. He is an Englischer, as her community calls non-Amish people, an outsider. A bit like Romeo and Juliet, they have a forbidden love. When Lila was seventeen, Zane declared his love to her, and tried to get her to leave with him. She refused, and told Zane to go far away. Stunned by her rejection, and not thinking clearly, he does the one thing he swore he never would, he joined the Army. Now, a few years later, Zane is going to be sent to Afghanistan, with the very real possibility he might lose his life. He is leaving with a heavy heart knowing he has never gotten over his love for Lila. Sadly, too, he thinks Lila has moved on. In the years since Zane left, Lila has been courting Reuben. In reality, she doesn't love him. However, Lila knows marrying Reuben will please her strict father, plus she hopes that eventually, she will love him. This is an amazing story that takes you from the peaceful Amish countryside, to the war-torn areas of Afghanistan. Amish ways, life-style and responsibilities are clearly portrayed through Lila's eyes. The author's words paint a very vivid picture of life for the soldiers, along with the civilians in war-torn Afghanistan. It is not hard to imagine how difficult it is for both sides to trust each other, and how one wrong decision can cost the loss of lives. It is also easy to understand the frustration Zane and Lila feel when it comes to making plans for the future, a life that doesn't include each other. It doesn't seem possible that the two of them will ever be able to find true happiness with, or without each other. With Zane in the Army, marriage to him would require Lila to leave the Amish community and church--and she refuses to do that. Amazingly with a surprising twist in the story, there is a happy ending. I must give you fair warning though, once you pick up this book, you will have a hard time putting it down. I highly recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys well-written fiction. The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Amish Sweethearts through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
An incredible look at various cultures! This is part of a “true” series. You need to read the first book in the series before you read this one. I absolutely love the characters in this series. It was wonderful to see how they have grown and developed since the end of the first book. In some way friendships have deepened and in other ways people have grown apart as they matured. One of the things that I really enjoy about this book is that different ways of expressing love to someone are explored. This is a very real part of life and it can be one of the hardest things to understand. Some people share their love verbally while others do it by actions only. It is very important to be able to recognize when someone is expressing love in a way that you don’t. I really enjoyed that there was a wonderful explanation of the Amish viewpoint on war. This is a very important part of this story since both Zane (non-Amish) and Simon (Amish) join the army. It really helped me to understand the conflict that arose between Simon and his family when he went home and announced that he had signed up. The other thing that I really liked about this book is the information given about the Civil Affairs officers and the work that they do in Afghanistan. I have only heard a brief statement of their work in the news. Now I feel that I have a better understanding of what it entails. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
Book Two of The Neighbors of Lancaster County continues the excitement and tug between two worlds that began in the first book. It’s a few years later but the kids are growing up and spreading their wings. I love the exchange between the Amish and the English worlds and the interaction between the characters. This story has the added interaction between U.S. soldiers and Afghan citizens. Zane has become a soldier, probably for the wrong reasons, but nevertheless has commitments to keep. He feels he is providing a real service to the Army and the Afghans in his role as a translator. But his heart is back in Lancaster County with a certain young Amish lady who is preparing to marry an Amish man. Will Zane make it home alive? Will Lila grow to love Reuben after they marry? What will happen to Simon, Lila’s younger brother, who leaves the Amish to join the Army? What is going on between Lila’s dad and the divorced school teacher? There are so many questions that promise an exciting conclusion to the story. I could easily understand the confusion that each one faced as they tried to sort out their feelings, their beliefs, and their best options. I would have been confused as well. I think that’s one of the things that drew me into the story: I could not come up with pat answers for any of them. I recommend this to all who love great contemporary fiction with a message. Read the book to find the message waiting for you. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Christa4 More than 1 year ago
Grab a cup of hot tea and join author Leslie Gould as she takes you down a trip once again to peaceful Juneberry Lane. Her second book, in the Neighbors of Lancaster County Series, Amish Sweethearts, is a must read! Englisher Zane Beck and his Amish neighbor Lila Lehman have been best friends growing up, but could their friendship develop into something more? Running away from his feelings, Zane decides to join the Army. Circumstances change for both of them and after a few years will Zane and Lila ever be able to rekindle those long, lost feelings that they once had for each other? Only time will tell. I definitely recommend picking up a copy of this book! Leslie Gould takes you from Juneberry Lane to Afghanistan and back again, making you feel like you are right there part of the story. A very interesting and enjoyable book!
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a great 2nd book in the Neighbors of Lancaster County series. Zane Beck, an Englisher, and Lila LehmanAmish) have grown up as next door neighbors. No one worried about their freindship. Then Zane decides to join the army mainly because he knows that he can't have Lila. Can they ever be together? Can Zane survive his time in the army and can Lila handle what he is doing. She has grown up believing in not fighting. This is well written and comes to a wonderful conclusion. I received this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion.
PamlaK More than 1 year ago
I’ve been thinking why I have been choosing to read romance novels lately, specifically Christian romance. One reason is because I like them. They give one hope that relationships do work out and there is a happy ending. Just like in the bible the hero may go thru many trials and suffer many misunderstandings but you just know it is going to be ok. He is going to end up with that intimate relationship blessed by the Lord. Two I enjoy these books because they are not graphic and I can apply many of the overcoming of trials to my own life and my walk with the Supreme Lover of my soul, Father God. Something that I found of particular interest in Amish Sweethearts was how the main characters had to choose the path of faith they would walk. To find that place that pleases God and not man even though the going is tough. How many of us conform to what we think others expect of us and do not seek God’s heart for us? This book was not only an enjoyable read, but a good reminder that sometimes we need to walk away from our electronics for a while and spend time with those that matter. Don’t assume we know everything about those we love, but really find out about them. I recommend this book and hope you will enjoy it. This book provided to me by Bethany House to review, I receive no compensation.¬
armcgraw More than 1 year ago
Leslie Gould’s second book in the Neighbors of Lancaster County series doesn’t disappoint! This book is about the improbable and seemingly impossible relationship between Amish raised Lila Lehman and the non-Amish army soldier, Zane Beck. It brings to my mind the song lyrics, “God will make a way when there seems to be no way. He works in ways we cannot see, He will make a way for me. “ Zane and Lila had been best friends since childhood, when his family moved next door to the Amish Lehmans. They had spent countless hours playing on the adjoining farms and woods, as well as sharing their deepest thoughts. As they approached adulthood, they both realized their feelings had deepened, but they knew their worlds were too different for them to ever be together. After a misunderstanding with hurt feelings, Zane had done an impulsive thing he later regretted…he joined the army. Lila learned to put those feelings for Zane away and began courting Reuben, the son of the Bishop and the one everyone seemed to think was the perfect mate for her. The problem was, Lila and Zane could never really get each other out of their minds or hearts. When Zane was injured in Afghanistan, Lila’s feelings began to come to the surface after being subdued for so long, but she was in turmoil. She knew she could never leave the Amish church, and Zane’s career as a soldier was the antithesis of the Amish way of life. Lila’s deceased mother played a big part of Lila’s decision to never leave the church, but uncovered secrets began to at least open up more possibilities. As the story progresses, the reader begins to wonder how it can ever be resolved, all the while hoping that it can! But then, God can make a way when there seems to be no way!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, it kills me that I don't have a glowing review for Leslie Gould's new book, Amish Sweethearts. I always look forward to being transported back to an idyllic setting where the modern world fades away as faith, farms, and friendships take the forefront. However, with this book, I was rather looking forward to the last page. It isn't that I hated it--I just didn't love it. I'm sure my Kobo Glo taking over a minute to flip a page did not help, but I truly am not holding that against the ebook itself. I'll share one positive and one negative aspect of the story and then let you decide for yourself what you think of it! I'll start with the negative. For this being a love story, it drove me crazy that the two main characters spent over half of the book not saying a word to each other. To provide a little background, the two main characters (Zane, an Englisher, and Lila, an Amish girl) grew up next to each other and were best friends as kids. When Zane graduated from high school, they did not admit their secret feelings for each other. Instead, Lila started dating a nice Amish young man her father chose, and Zane, with a broken heart, joined the army so that he would have a purpose in life. Zane went off to war, which the peace-loving Amish people do not support. As the story progressed over the next several years, the pair would go out of their way to avoid each other, even though they were often within walking distance of one another. I just personally find it hard to believe that love could still burn so strong and could get stronger over time when you go out of your way to avoid the other person's presence. With the negative part of my review over, I'll tell you what I thought Leslie Gould did exceptionally well and that is transporting readers to a little written about setting--that of the mountainous region of Afghanistan. As an American, I have limited exposure to the people and customs of Afghanistan. I'm afraid I only hear about the country in terms of the war in Afghanistan, which I'm rather ashamed to admit. However, through Zane's time stationed in Afghanistan during the war, Gould really made me have a greater appreciation for the Afghani people and what their lives are like. I feel like I know more about Afghanistan from reading Amish Sweethearts than I have learned about the country in my entire life. She made the people seem real to me. I am more interested in what is happening in that country since I have a greater idea what daily life is like for its residents. It's not often that I don't write a glowing review. However, I promised to write an honest review in exchange for receiving the free ebook. Find this review helpful? Read more of them at my blog, Two Cats and a Book at: http://sarabethharing.wordpress.com
annelr More than 1 year ago
Amish Sweethearts is a second book in the Neighbors of Lancaster series by Leslie Gould. Although easily a stand alone story, the main characters are from the earlier book Amish Promises. Lila, an Amish gal, and Zane, the Englischer neighbor, were pre-teen best friends and now have grown to the age where the reality of their relationship brings heartache and confusion. How can they resolve their unspoken love for each other? Will Lila leave her faith? Will Zane embrace the Amish way of life? Or will they part forever? Gould writes a great story, making her characters real and likable with strong emotions and convictions. With themes of the importance of family and faith, and pacifism and nonresistance, the author brings a story of love and healing. Amish Sweethearts is a marvelous blending of Amish life in America with Army life in Afghanistan and the fears and faith encompassed therein. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
In the second book in the Neighbors of Lancaster County the stories of the Lehmans and the Becks continue as their children have matured. As children Zane and Lila played together and shared their dreams. All that changed when Lila's father arranged for her to court an Amish man from her community. Zane couldn't watch Lila with Reuben, and made an impulsive decision to join the Army rather than seeing his beautiful friend courted by another. Amish Sweethearts is a powerful story of relationships and grave disappointments. Overwhelming responsibilities play a major role in this touching story of two very different families and the beliefs that separate them. Danger has become a way of life for Zane as he is shipped to Afghanistan with no guarantees he'll return home. His faith is the only thing that keeps him going. Lila continues to court Reuben while questioning if she can truly love him. When past family secrets surface Lila must consider all options. Leslie Gould has created an extraordinary novel developing the lives of two very different cultures through their likenesses and differences. Although beliefs and customs separate the two cultures, humans still share the same needs and desires. Two stories woven into one very dramatic narrative create a strong human element that evokes a plethora of emotions throughout the novel. I highly recommend Amish Sweethearts. In my opinion this is Leslie Gould's most impressive novel to date! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author and Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All expressions opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The cover was pretty. This book was easy to read and flowed nicely. The writing style was good…but, (yes, here it comes…the but) I was disappointed in the story. I don’t like to write poor reviews. I am the kind of person that thinks “If you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all. Bethany House publishers provided me with this book, for free, to write an honest review. So here goes. This book had a lot of characters. Sometimes they were hard to follow, especially if you couldn’t just sit down and read the entire book in one sitting. The characters changed, in the way they thought and reacted, without explanation. I didn’t agree with some of the ideas that the author may have been trying to express (whether knowingly or subconsciously, I don’t know). At one point I even thought, “I can’t read this anymore,” but I went ahead and finished. I guess the biggest thing that I didn’t like was that the author went on and on about the character’s feeling for each other, but there was little interaction between the main characters. And the ending was a disappointment because there was not solid and satisfying conclusion to the story. I give this a two out of five stars. Bethany House Publishers provided me with this book in return for an honest review.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Amish Sweethearts ( Neighbors of Lancaster County - Book 2 ) By: Leslie Gould Amish Sweethearts is book two in Lancaster County, but I would say you could read it as a stand-a-lone . Reading book one would let you get better acquainted with the characters. The story and the characters both were easy to follow. I just want to say WOW, what a wonderful romance story Leslie Gould has weaved us. She had me hooked right from the start and did not let go till the end. Be prepared when you start reading Amish Sweethearts to have plenty of time, because you will not wan’t to put it down. Ms. Gould did not disappoint me. The Lehmann’s and the Beck’s has been neighbors in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for years, one is Amish and the other is English. Lila and Zane have grown up together and have been really good friends. Lila knows this could never work between them with her Amish and Zane an Englischer , so Zane goes into the Army . Will being apart help the two sweethearts to find other friends and move on with their lives? Believe me that this is one of those stories that has you glued to page after page till the end. I felt sorry for Lila and Zane and several times I felt tears rolling down my face. I loved this romance story , so get your copy and read Amish Sweethearts to find out what Leslie Gould has weaved in this wonderful story. I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review .
JulieSurfaceJohnson More than 1 year ago
An Amish love story of many colors Leslie Gould has the enviable ability of making a simple Amish love story so much more! She consistently breaks ground, educating as she goes—whether it’s texturizing her stories with Shakespearean themes, exploring mixed Englisch-Amish relationships, or, as in Amish Sweethearts, dealing with conflicting attitudes toward pacifism. In Amish Sweethearts the love between Zane and Lila is ever in jeopardy, yet never hopeless, as they navigate the minefields that keep them apart. The supporting cast is likeable and adds much to the depth of the story. The conclusion is satisfying. I couldn’t put this book down. In the interests of full disclosure, I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review of the book.
theskett More than 1 year ago
Don’t let the title, Amish Sweethearts, fool you. Unlike other Amish stories, this second book in Leslie Gould’s Neighbors of Lancaster County series, blends military and Amish—an unlikely combination but Leslie pulls it off well. This is really Zane’s story. As his family lives next door to the Lehmans, an Amish family, Amish culture is naturally woven in as an aspect of the story. Only after he joins the military does Zane realize what he truly believes, what he wants in life, and how his family and Amish neighbors have influenced him. It’s helpful if readers have read the first book in the series so they will have met the characters—there are a lot of people!—but it’s not necessary. It had been awhile since I read the first book but I didn’t get too confused and the author provides enough information so that this book stands alone. This story lays a foundation for possible stories to come in the series: Will Zane and Lila ever get together? What about Reuben and Rose? What will happen, if anything, between Dat and Beth? Leslie Gould is a master at the craft of writing and telling a story!
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
Zane Beck and Lila Lehman have been neighbors for years, practically growing up together. They have played together along with Lila's brothers and sisters, being best friends to each other. The big problem being grown now is Lila is Amish and Zane is English. They are realizing their feelings for each other have changed but won't admit it to each other. Lila's father is pushing her to court and marry the bishop's son. She is pushing Zane away, so much so that he joins the army. Then he is deployed to Afghanistan in a war zone. Is there any way for them to ever admit that they love each other, and even if they do, almost impossible to have a relationship when their worlds are so far apart? Leslie Gould has woven such a wonderful story together. From reading the first book in this series, Amish Promises, I grew to know the characters so well. And continued to learn more about them through this book. But you do not have to read the first novel to enjoy this one. There were moments of conflict, especially with Lila's dad, Tim, who almost always appears harsh with his kids as well as the Beck neighbors. I also think it's so sad that the girls are expected to run the Amish household like grown women because their mother is deceased. They practically don't get a childhood so it seems. And only getting an 8th grade education, the boys are expected to get a job or help with the farm work. This sometimes causes resentment or rebellion, as in the case of Simon, who in spite of being Amish, joins the army. There were some tense moments in the Afghanistan war zone while Zane was there as well. These were well researched by the author whose husband was in the service. Love and faith in what God's will for each life is emphasized and mentioned, especially when dilemmas are bringing confusion and uncertainty. Prayer, and always asking God for guidance is a good lesson for all of us. I will be looking for and anticipating another installment written about all these characters I've come to love and enjoy. I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher for my honest opinion, which I have given. I received no monetary compensation.
faithsnana More than 1 year ago
Leslie Gould does a great job of combining two very different worlds in this series, Neighbors of Lancaster County. Not only were Amish and English living side by side but the English family is military. When Iraq veteran Joel Beck and his family moved next door to the Lehman family in the first book, Amish Promises, Zane and Lila were still children and formed a friendship. That relationship grew as they got older much to the dismay of Lila’s father Tim. Now grown, Zane has joined the Army and was deployed to Afghanistan. Tim has encouraged Lila to court Reuben, a good Amish man and son of the Bishop. Reuben loves Lila but does she return his love or is she still pinning over her English love? Whenever Zane came home on furlough it was difficult for the couple who weren’t supposed to love each other. The Amish, as you know, practice nonresistance….they turn the other cheek and definitely would not take up arms against another person. Zane is now everything her faith does not tolerate. What can become of their relationship now? How can they ever be together now? Pick up this well written series and read about the Lehman’s and the Beck’s. You’ll be glad you did! I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was actually really good. I enjoyed the look into Amish lifestyle and into the life of a soldier in the army . . . The thing is, I don't think Lila ever really confessed her love for Zane until the end . . . so it doesn't really say that she loves him before the end, it just shows her missing him. But this book was still really good.