Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Amish Sweethearts - Leslie Gould
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?
Cafe Lily's Review:
This book continues the story of Zane Beck and Lila Lehman, and the struggles they face with such different cultural backgrounds. I did not read the first book, but felt that Amish Sweethearts was just fine as a stand alone. The book was well written and the story was easy to follow. There was enough contemporary and current twists to the story, that this didn't feel like the "typical" Amish book. There wasn't an overuse of Pennsylvania Dutch or Amish references, but enough to demonstrate the different lifestyles that Zane and Lila lead. I like that Lila takes some risks in this book and keeps readers on the edge of their seats.