Amish Sweethearts by Leslie Gould (review by Kristi)

Amish Sweethearts

From Goodreads: They’ve been best friends for years, but as high school ends, Zane Beck can’t help but look at his Amish neighbor, Lila Lehman, with different eyes. Her controlling father sees only one future for Lila, though, and arranges for her to be courted by an upstanding young Amish man. When Zane sees the two together, his plans for the future crumble, and he impulsively enlists in the Army, following in his father’s footsteps.

However, the passing of years and the distance between them isn’t enough to halt their now hidden feelings for each other. If being together used to be difficult, it’s now impossible, especially with the Amish opposed to war. Zane’s service takes a dramatic turn when he’s sent to Afghanistan. Being on the front line and the reality of taking a life has him questioning whether he can continue to serve or not. But all choices have consequences–both his and hers. With Lila preparing to marry another, will these one-time sweethearts ever find the life together that they both still long for?

My review: This book was a roller coaster of a read. Usually, when reading, I can guess how the story will play out and how. Not with this book, though. Leslie Gould has penned a story of friendship and love that will keep you guessing till the end.

Amish Sweethearts is the second book in the Neighbors of Lancaster County series. Having already read the first book I was familiar with the characters and their story. There is enough backstory in this book to not be repetitive to those who have read the first but to refresh their memory. There is also enough backstory for someone who hasn’t read the first book to not feel lost while reading this one. The story had a good flow to it and kept moving along at a steady pace, making it a quick read.

It was enjoyable to catch up with the characters from the first book and also meet new ones. I liked Lila just as much in this book as I did the first. I also really liked Beth, a new character in this book. With all the conflict between Lila, Zane, and Reuben it was nice to read about Beth who had a nice calming presence about her. I think I have a like/dislike relationship with Zane. I liked him at times but at others just wanted to shake him and tell him enough with his anger issues. He was too brooding for me. I’m hoping to read more about Simon and Casey in the next book. I enjoyed the time spent with these two.

Amish Sweethearts is a book to be enjoyed by fans of Amish fiction or those just looking for a good read. Leslie Gould has crafted a solid, well-written book that deals with many issues facing both Amish and non-Amish. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.

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