Friday, May 8, 2015

Book Review: Amish Promises by Leslie Gould

Amish Promises (Neighbors of Lancaster County Book #1)-Kindle

From Amazon:

Journey Down a Quiet Lane in Lancaster County Where Love and Heartache and Friendship and Healing Meet
When Joel and Shani Beck arrive at their new home, they're looking for peace. Shani is thrilled to have Joel back from Iraq, but he needs time to heal, and the quiet of Lancaster seems just the place. They can't imagine any trouble with their Amish neighbors, the Lehmans, but things get off to a rocky start when their son is involved in an accident that injures one of the Lehman boys.

Eve Lehman has run her brother's household ever since the death of his wife, but Tim's a stern patriarch. Despite his protests, she's drawn to the new neighbor, Shani, and the two begin to form a strong friendship forged on faith and family. Things seem like they've quieted down until Joel's single and handsome army friend Charlie catches Eve's attention--a man unlike any Eve has ever met. Suddenly life for both families becomes more complicated than any of them could have ever imagined.

My thoughts:

One of my questions about Amish life was "can the the Amish and English be friends?   I always imagined myself living next door to an Amish family and becoming friends with the grandmother next door. In this beautifully written story Leslie Gould lets us explore that very possibility.

I  came to care about each family as they deal with the circumstances that happened in their lives. The author reminded me as I read that we all have the same kind of problems no matter who we are....anger, hurt, love, loneliness,    We have to deal with those issues but yet at the same time not dwell in them.   We have to take time to care about our neighbors.

I couldn't pick just one favorite character from the book.   Both Shani (English) and Eve (Amish) both stood out for me as strong women who are caring and hardworking.  

A great read that will keep you wondering what happens next!

I was given a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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