Amish Weddings by Leslie Gould (review by Kristi)


About the book:  Gregarious Rose Lehman, who’s always the life of the Amish youth singings, is determined to marry the bishop’s son, Reuben Byler–until the handsome Army buddy of her future brother-in-law shows up in Lancaster County. In comparison to Trevor, Reuben seems downright boring. Trevor shares Rose’s sense of fun and adventure, and her easygoing disposition.
When her sister Lila’s buggy is rear-ended and Lila is horribly injured, Rose finds herself with more freedom than she’s ever experienced. Everyone is so concerned about Lila that no one realizes Rose is sneaking out with Trevor. Except for Reuben. But in his usual passive way, he doesn’t confront her, nor does he address the situation with her Dat or anyone else in the district. Rose appreciates Reuben’s discretion, but she also resents it. Part of her relishes the freedom she’s found with Trevor, but the other part of her wishes Reuben would “fight” for her, as much as any Amish man would. Too late, she realizes the foolish choice she’s made. Has she ruined her best chance at love, or is there another path to happiness she just hasn’t seen yet?

Paperback, 384 pages                Published January 3, 2017, by Bethany House Publishers


My review:  I am so glad this was the final book in this series. Why? Because I just don’t think Leslie Gould could have topped herself with another book about these characters. Leslie did a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life and writing a story that takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

For the most part, I liked all of the characters in this book. I didn’t like Trevor though. He just came off the page as an evil villain type of character and I knew that Trevor would be trouble for everyone on Juneberry Lane. My heart went out to Reuben though as the poor guy sure did get ran through the wringer by the Lehman girls. I loved that there were characters to love and hate so passionately.

I thought the storyline about Lila’s accident was very well written. It was so easy to understand how Lila felt not only physically but emotionally during her healing time and how she had to deal with Zane and his not so Amish ways of thinking at times. Leslie really brought to life the struggles of someone who becomes Amish and has to face their way of life instead of the ways they are used to.

Towards the end, I was a little worried that things weren’t going to get resolved as I was running out of pages to read. Never fear, though, Leslie wraps up the storylines nicely and leaves the reader content and happy to have gone on this journey with the characters.

While this book could be read as a standalone I would recommend reading the first two books before this one to get a better understanding of the characters. Amish Weddings is a must-read for fans of the genre. This is one of the best Amish fiction books I’ve ever read!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are mine.


About the author:  Leslie Gould is the #1 bestselling and Christy Award winning author of twenty-two novels. She received her MFA from Portland State University and teaches writing at Warner Pacific College. Leslie enjoys traveling, hiking, and history. She and her husband, Peter, are the revolving-door parents of four children and three cats.

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