Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Neighbors of Lancaster County #3

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Will Love Be Enough to Fix What Tragedy Threatens?
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 is injured in a devastating accident, Rose finds herself with more freedom than she's ever experienced in her life. Only Reuben seems to notice, but he never voices his concerns. Part of her relishes the freedom she's found with Trevor, but the other part wishes Reuben would finally express his love and "fight" for her. Have her choices ruined her best chance at love, or is there another path to happiness she just hasn't seen yet?

Published  Jan 2017
by Bethany House Publishers

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Meet the Author:

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Leslie Gould is the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 bestselling The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny. She is also the author of numerous novels including two Lancaster Amish series. 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 husband and four children in Oregon.

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My Thoughts:

Leslie Gould brings us the third installment in her Neighbors of Lancaster County series. 
This is the first book in the series that I have read.  I had no problems jumping into this series, so I would consider this a stand alone book. Of course I recommend reading the first two books,
Amish Promises  and Amish Sweethearts, to get a full impact of the series.
As the story opens we are introduced to the Lehman family, who are preparing for the upcoming marriage of Lila Lehman and Zane Beck. The story primarily focuses on Rose Lehman who is Lila's sister.  She is a little self-centered and judgemental.  She has made up her mind to marry Reuben Byler and is frustrated that he is taking his time in proposing and needless to say patience is not one of her virtues.  When her sister Lila is involved in a horrific accident suddenly Rose finds herself with more responsibilities than she could handle with trying to help with Lila's recovery and running her dad's house.  
 I was immediately drawn into this endearing story.  The characters are both engaging and complex.  I could feel their fear, joy and turmoil.  Rose was not a character I loved immediately, but soon my heart was breaking for this young woman.  The plot flows effortlessly with unexpected twists and turns.  We see elements of faith, curiosity, forgiveness, trust, and second chances.  This is a wonderful story that I would recommend to anyone. 
**I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  

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