Book Review: Amish Sweethearts, by Leslie Gould

amish sweethearts

From the Back Cover

Their Two Worlds Couldn’t Be Further Apart.
Can Anything Bridge the Divide Between Them?

For years Zane Beck and his Amish neighbor Lila Lehman were the best of friends. But just as Zane gathered the courage to discover if their friendship could develop into something more, her controlling father arranged for her to be courted by their bishop’s son. Zane, heartbroken and frustrated, joined the Army, running away from his shattered dreams.

The passing of time and the distance between Zane and Lila haven’t been enough to halt their–now completely hidden–feelings for each other. Any hope for their love grows even more impossible though as Zane’s service takes a dangerous turn when he’s deployed to Afghanistan. Being on the frontline, confronted with the hard choices of war, has him questioning everything, including whether he can continue to serve or not. But all choices have consequences, and with Lila preparing to marry another, will these one-time sweethearts ever find the life together that they both still long for?

“Gould writes in a way that feels true to life and allows her characters to have real emotions, which endears them to readers. Amish Sweethearts is a sweet novel, leaving readers excited about the next book in the series.”–RT Book Reviews

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.
My Thoughts:
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.
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About Norma Downing

Christian romance author Norma Downing has been writing for years. She writes both contemporary and historical. She currently has a contract with CrossLink Publishing for her first novel, A Promise Made, set in Kansas in 1899.
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