Minding Molly (Courtships of Lancaster County Series #3)

Minding Molly (Courtships of Lancaster County Series #3)

by Leslie Gould


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Molly Zook Has Everything Planned Just Right.
Or So She Thinks!

Molly Zook's always liked being in control, so she's struggling with her mother's wish that, to save the family farm, she marry Mervin Mosier. Especially after Molly meets Leon Fisher. He's from Montana but is now training horses at a nearby ranch. He's tall and muscular and confident—Molly has never met anyone like him and she's sure he feels the same about her.

Determined to let nothing get between them, Molly tries to coax Mervin into falling back in love with Molly's best friend, Hannah. A weekend camping trip in the Poconos could be just the place...but things quickly go awry, and it seems Leon and Hannah might be falling for each other instead! Will Molly keep struggling to control everyone and everything around her? Or will she learn to let God handle the twists and turns of her life?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764210334
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Series: Courtships of Lancaster County Series , #3
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 451,257
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Leslie Gould is the bestselling author of The Courtships of Lancaster County series and The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny, coauthored with Mindy Starns Clark. 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 www.lesliegould.com.

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Minding Molly 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
 Poor Molly!  Who wants to be told who to marry by their mother?  and all to save the family farm after the death of her father?  Molly wants to control things since she could not control the things that mattered the most in her life.    I think many of us have experienced this.....I know that I certainly have problems with wanting to control and fix everything, and I am learning that it is impossible and even unhealthy.   Molly is a delightful character.  She is organized and a go-getter.   She reminds me of an amazing teacher.   Others in her life attempt to teach her how to give up the desire to control it all.  This was a delightful book and would make a wonderful book for young teens as well as adults.   5 Stars  ***** I received a free pdf version of this book from netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
JulieSurfaceJohnson More than 1 year ago
Another page turner by Leslie Gould. Molly Zook is a born leader, a take-charge person who loses her balance after the death of her dad. Thoughts of losing the family farm, along with fear of losing control, cause her to become bossy, fearful, and dangerously close to losing the one man she has fallen crazy in love with. Molly's mother, Anna, complicates things with her own set of manipulations. It isn't until both Anna and Molly decide to trust God for their futures that things begin to change for the better. I am proud to be an influencer for this book and wholeheartedly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leslie Gould is a hugely talented writer and I so enjoyed reading MINDING MOLLY! With a quirky, headstrong heroine and a cast of endearing, believable characters, her story had me chuckling in parts and teary-eyed in others. I'm impressed with her deft hand in offering a realistic glimpse into the spiritual beauty and simplicity of Amish life, while captivating me with Molly's journey of self-discovery. I look forward to reading the next in the series when it comes out!
Lynn_Hare More than 1 year ago
Minding Molly is my favorite story of the Courtships of Lancaster County. Molly's emotions are a wonderful mix of grief, romance, fear, and strength. Leslie Gould has woven the definition of true love throughout the pages of this down-to-earth Amish community. Molly and her beau, Leon, are very likable characters. Molly's emerging sense prayer, though at times faltering, inspires us. We walk her journey as she turns her farm, her mother's health, and courtship to Leon over to the Lord. Yet the integrity of Molly's ability to think clearly in a crisis emerges as a primary asset. Personally, I can identify with the story and Molly's transformation as she learns to surrender.  I give Minding Molly 5 stars because of its believable, likable, and inspiring characters and the message of God's power to change our souls as we turn control over to Him. 
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Great Amish story with a twist of Shakespeare Gosh, Minding Molly was almost a little scary. Scary because Molly reminded me much of myself with her desire to control and her frustration with the people that won't listen. OK, so I am not as organized as Molly is, chore charts? Nope, nuh uh. Until Minding Molly I had only read the Amish stories that Leslie Gould co-wrote. I'm really glad I picked up this book and I think I'm going to try and read the previous books in the series. And also you never know, I just might read a little Shakespeare, part of the inspiration for this book, too. You know, I was a little surprised by this book. One thing you don't see very often in Amish stories is depression and/or mental health issues. I liked how Leslie Gould handled it with honesty and sensitivity. This was a great Amish coming of age story. Molly is already a responsible girl but she has a lot of growing up to do and with the help of family, friends, a fella from Montana, and a horse, she does just that. (I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through The Book Club Network for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Minding Molly is the third book in a series by Leslie Gould. However this can be read alone. It is not a traditional Amish book. The community is not as strict in its rules and the children have alot of freedom. Molly is a very strong ,determined character. Her mother wants her to marry to save the farm after her dad's death. Molly doesn't agree with her mother's choice. It makes for a very interesting book.I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book.  It kept me wondering who Molly would marry in the end.  It was hard not to like both guys and not be sure who she should end up with.  Look forward to her next book.  I received this book from the book club network for a fair and honest opinion.
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
Minding Molly Molly Zook is an Amish woman confident in herself and the family business she helped build alongside her father. It all seems precarious since her father's recent death.  How was her father keep the financial problems from her and her mother.  Her mother's solution to all their problems seems to be Mervin Mosier neighbor and employee and is adamant that Molly must marry Mervin. At first Molly thought this might be a good idea since she has known and liked Mervin since they were children and he loved the business. But could she marry him without love.  This all changed when she met Leon Fisher.  Now Molly must convince her mother and Mervin that Leon is the man she loves and wishes to spend her life with.  But at all cost she must find a way to save the farm and business.  The author wrote of the trials and tribulations that can tear a person's life to pieces. Death brought a family together but also uncovered hidden problems such as financial, health, emotional along with mistrust. All things that can destroy the unity of any family. With God as the center along with hope and faith in His will for their lives they come together ready to face their future.  I loved the sweet patience and understanding Leon Fisher had for Molly and her family.  Then there is Molly so dedicated to her families needs. The character of Molly is a wonderful role model for her feisty younger sister Beatrice.  I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to reading "Becoming Bea", book 4 in this series. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for an honest review.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
Minding Molly is the third book in Leslie Gould’s ‘The Courtships of Lancaster County’ series. This novel is complete in itself; one does not need to read the first two books before this one. As the earlier two books in the series, Leslie Gould adds the unique element of retelling Shakespeare’s plays through the characters in Lancaster County. Molly has a take-charge personality that sees what needs to be done on the family farm and either does it or delegates it. She has a habit of doing that in their home, also, since her father died of a heart attack mere months before. Now she has to find a way to grow the business to keep the family farm, or sell out before they are unable to make the payments. Her older half-brother has spoken of his desire to purchase it when they are ready – but where would Molly, her mother and sister live? In addition, Molly’s mother has health challenges that can dramatically change the future of the family. Molly has an interested suitor, Mervin – the former boyfriend of her best friend Hannah. Her mother also is encouraging Molly to marry Mervin so that his family’s farm can be merged with theirs to ensure success. Mervin is interested in marrying Molly, and her best friend, Hannah, wants to get back together with Mervin, while Molly has no interest in marriage…until she meets Leon, the young man that Hannah’s father hired for a short time to train new horses on their ranch. Leon, however, may return to his family in Montana when the temporary position is over. Molly’s gentle Amish hands are overflowing with challenges! There is no shortage of activity in this novel, and there are satisfying spiritual themes throughout – spiritual concerns that women of all ages face to one degree or another. The characters are delightful, three-dimensional folks who could spring off the pages into real life. One thing I noticed with interest was Hannah’s illness and how those who love her encourage her to go seek additional treatment. Wisdom and sensitivity flow off the pages in spite of disagreements inherent between friends or sisters. I recommend this novel to women of all ages, including young adults, who enjoy stories of those who are Amish, Christian ethics practiced in business and personal relationships, and romance. Among challenges faced are grieving, illnesses, aging parents, choosing a spouse, growing a business, letting the Lord guide all of these aspects of life. One of my favorite lines is, “Loving others meant not wanting my own way.” Another is “Dat had died – not God.” This collection of wisdom and sensitivity brings much-needed peace through the tumultuous life changes in Molly’s family, and can also be a demonstration for our own. This is a satisfying read that is sure to delight and bless the reader. I won this book from a contest sponsored by the author, and the opinions expressed are mine alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have become a fan of this series—The Courtships of Lancaster County—so I was eager for the release of Minding Molly. I have thoroughly enjoyed curling up in my easy chair with a blanket and the novel during this recent, harsh, winter weather. Molly Zook has a lot on her plate, managing the home after her father dies, looking after an ailing mother and the best interests of a dear friend, trying to save her family’s nursery farm… She’s a charming, likeable heroine with little time for romance. But then along comes Amish cowboy Leon, and you find yourself really rooting for Molly to find the love she deserves. Leslie Gould’s style is conversational and easy, a pleasure to read. Reading Minding Molly, I felt like I was Amish for awhile, safe in a cozy, rural community. I guarantee this book will please all sweet romance readers, whether you are a regular Amish reader or not.
armcgraw More than 1 year ago
Another winner by Leslie Gould!  As a veteran reader, I can often anticipate the plot of a book, but not so with Minding Molly. It is the story of a young woman dealing with grief and family responsibilities in the midst of several discoveries.  She experiences romantic love for the first time and explores facets of her own personality and how to love herself.  For a woman who likes to be in control, she learns just how out of control her life really is. In her attempts to steer her life, she alienates members of her own family, her best friend, and the man she loves.  As she learns to hand over the reins of her life to God, she begins to see the plans He has for her.   
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ARS8 More than 1 year ago
In the pages of Minding Molly we step into an Amish community taking a slower pace in life. At first glance, the book seems like a whimsical retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. However, there is a lot more to the story than the similarities with William Shakespeare’s play. Molly Zook is still dealing months later from the death of her father. Her whole family is. Not only that but their flower business is hurting and they may have to sell the farm, also, her mother is showing signs of not being well. So with mounting medical debt, and the desire not to lose the farm, Molly’s mother hatches a plan for Molly to marry Mervin, their next door neighbor who also works for them. While this seems plausible to Molly, she must first consider how her best friend Hannah would feel about this since she had been courting him. Before she can fully convince herself life would be good with Mervin, in walks a Montana fellow by the name of Leon who sweeps her off her feet. With an ex-beau showing up with a new girlfriend, Mervin and Leon vying for her hand, a very temperamental sister, and an angry best friend, Molly has her work cut out for her. Will she choose her heart’s desire or do what is best for everybody else. I really did not know how Leslie Gould was going to end this. I was turning pages as quickly as I could to find out if Molly ever got her happily ever after. I received this book from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
The best laid plans....... Molly is a planner, an organizer down to the finest detail. Her family and friends have always relied on her to have events planned well in advance so that everything falls into place. Just 2 months prior her Dat died of a sudden heart attack, and life has become one big concern. Her mamm relies on her heavily since their loss, and her mamm's recent confusion has Molly worried. With their Amish flower farm in jeopardy Molly considers plans to keep them afloat, devastated that they could potentially lose their home and land. Molly's mamm has ideas for her to marry one of the neighbor twins in the hope that together the young couple could combine properties and keep their family farm, but Molly has eyes for another and a prospective plan of her own.  A camping trip for the young Amish teens has been planned down to the last detail, with job charts and teams assigned for their respective duties, but Molly fears leaving her mamm when she has medical tests scheduled. With her mamm in the care of her older stepbrother and stepsister, Molly and her Amish friends set out for their camping trip. Shortly after leaving, Molly's detailed planning has her friends irritable and telling her she's too bossy. Can she give up some of her control when she's put so much time and energy into making this trip successful and enjoyable? Does no one appreciate how hard she's worked? Will she hear God's voice calling for her attention? Leslie Gould has created some wonderful characters for the cast of Minding Molly. There's great diversity in the personalities throughout this book, and wonderful creativity that the author displays through the events in this strong story. Molly's character is tenacious and believable with her penchant for being dubbed a "control freak." The realities of Amish life are well documented and the family unit is strong, with the plain life described with accuracy and discretion. Unique and penned in a likeness to Wm. Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the author's Amish version of the story is filled with emotion that runs the gamut.  I've read the author's other books in The Courtships of Lancaster County, and have thoroughly enjoyed each one. Take a copy of Minding Molly camping with you or just sit and relax for a while, and enjoy the charm and wit throughout this entertaining book! This book is a stand alone novel, although you'll be missing out on some great reading if you miss the others in this entertaining series!   Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author through Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
Minding Molly by Leslie Gould is an Amish story with a little different twist. I don’t remember reading any Amish books that had such a domineering female main character. But by the end of the book I liked her and actually felt sorry for her at times. Molly Zook always wants to be in control of any situation and she is having a huge problem with her mother. Her mother wants Molly to marry Mervin Mosier for this will save the family farm. However, Molly is working very hard to get Mervin to renew his interest in her best friend Hannah. To add to the problem, Molly meets Leon Fisher and is instantly drawn to him. He is from Montana and is now living in Pennsylvania and working at a nearby farm training horses. Molly plans a camping trip in the hopes of getting to know Leon but it seems that he is more interested in Hannah than her. The author did an excellent job in the development of the characters and they came to life on the pages of the book.. Usually I really like the main character of a story but I had to read almost the entire book before I began to like Molly. The other characters definitely were a group with a wide range of personalities. Some I liked and others were somewhat unlikeable. Scenes were well developed and I felt as if I were right where the action was happening. Sometimes I just wanted to shake Molly and her sister and tell them to shape up. At times the dialogue seemed a little immature but it did fit some of the characters. I was glad that by the end of the story, Molly had softened and was learning to let God lead her. There were a few twists and turns to the plot that kept me guessing as to which woman would end up with which man. All in all the story had a happy ending. I recommend this book if you like Amish fiction and also like a bossy main character. Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Minding Molly is another fun addition to The Courtships of Lancaster County series. I really enjoy how the author has built these stories based on the works of William Shakespeare. The first book of the series, Courting Cate, is based on The Taming of the Shrew. Book number two, Adoring Addie, is based on Romeo and Juliet. And now, we have Minding Molly, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Looking ahead, the next book in the series is titled Becoming Bea and is based on Much Ado About Nothing. I have to say that it will be an interesting read for me, because I was definitely not fond of Bea in Minding Molly. However, we see her through Molly’s eyes in this book. I have a feeling that Bea sees the world very differently than Molly does. Minding Molly follows a similar path as the previous two books in the series, in that the heroine has troubled relationships and misunderstandings that pop up between family members and friends. She must learn a lesson about trusting in God and not relying on herself to solve her problems. I really felt for Molly and felt that she was getting a raw deal throughout most of the book, especially the way that she was treated by her best friend, Hannah, and by her sister, Bea. I found it admirable that most issues were resolved by the end of the book in a satisfactory way. There is a sweet love story running throughout the book. For about half of the book, I did not know which man Molly should end up with. It became clearer after the midway point, however, I was very unsure about how the author was going to tie everything up. But she did and all of my questions were answered. I was frustrated with the way Molly was treated in most of the book, however, it was one of those situations where I just couldn’t stop reading because I had to know how it was going to turn out! I recommend this whole series to fans of Amish fiction. This book can stand alone, but the experience is much fuller after reading the first two books in the series. And the covers on these books are some of my favorites! I received a complimentary copy of Minding Molly from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the series very much--will read more of Leslie's books
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in this series that I have read, and greatly enjoyed. This is Molly Zooks story, who has recently lost her Dad. She is now trying to save their home and farm. Her Mom has a solution, she has picked out a husband for Molly, and he has some land that will help. Yeah right, but Molly has always obeyed her parents, this is asking a lot. As she tries to find a plan to work, she meets someone who she is smitten with. Can Molly reject the one her Mother wants for her? Or will she follow her heart? When you think you know just the way this story is going to unfold, guess again. Now Molly is a control freak...she has to have things done right, and the way she wants it! We travel with the Amish gang or Youngies and go camping...oh fun!! Molly has to have it done her way, she has a chart...listen all we need this and this. Sound like fun? Through all we see people who live their faith, and are there for one another, in good, and hard times. We celebrate weddings, and births, and then the loss of loved ones, and illnesses. I loved this visit and hope for more!! I received this book through Bethany House Publishers, and was not required to give a positive review.
ASimplyEnchantedLife More than 1 year ago
I have loved every single book that I’ve read in the The Courtships of Lancaster County series so far! I have to admit that this one was the one I have been looking forward to the most. The books in this series are adaptations of Shakespeare plays into an Amish setting and this particular book is a retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream—which just happened to be my favorite Shakespeare play. The cover is also the nicest out of the series so far, I think. The cover model is exactly how I pictured Molly. Fantastic book and I would definitely recommend it! About the Story Molly Zook has lost her father and she is determined to keep her mother from losing their farm. She even considers a marriage of convenience that her mother is determined to arrange. That is, until she meets Leon… Leon is everything Molly ever wanted. He’s kind and compassionate, good looking and creative. He’s also from Montana and Molly’s heart is torn because she doesn’t want to leave her mother and her sister. To further complicate things, her friend Marvin has set his eyes on her but Molly doesn’t want to hurt her best friend, Hannah who has her eyes set on Marvin. When the friends all take a camping trip, Molly’s bossy and take-charge attitude threatens to drive everyone away, including Leon. Will Molly learn to let go and let God be in charge or will her need to control everyone drive them away? I identified so much with Molly. She has the best intentions and tries to keep things running smoothly by demanding that people do things her way. Her ability to get things done is a good thing but it is awful easy to also come off as bossy and as an elitist who sucks the fun out of everything. Knowing when to turn over control and let people do things their own way is something I also struggle with. I enjoy reading a book where the characters have flaws and are realistic. I give Leslie Gould two thumbs up and a 5 out of 5 star rating for this book! I look forward to the next book in the installment. Expected publication for “Becoming Bea” is October 2014. View all my reviews|Read an Excerpt I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
LVandercook More than 1 year ago
Minding Molly is the third book in The Courtships of Lancaster County series. I did not read the first book in the series, Courting Cate (The Courtships of Lancaster County), but I have read the second book, Adoring Addie (The Courtships of Lancaster County). I found that in this book, at times it was hard to know who was being talked about. There are many people in the book that are characters from the other books in the series. It would have been easier to read these books all together rather than waiting several months between them. However, it was easy to follow along with the story anyways. The book could stand alone alright. This book is the story of Molly and how she wants to get married and how she finds someone she loves only to think that it isn't going to work out and what happens from there. It is a sweet story of love and learning. I found it very easy to relate to Molly, the author made her really come to life. I felt frustrated that no one wanted to follow my plans right along with Molly. I felt sad that love wasn't coming easy, right along with Molly. The author did a wonderful job making the characters very real. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance story and also anyone who loves to read about modern day Amish people as this book is about Amish people in the present day.