Neighbors of Lancaster County Series
SUMMARY: 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?
REVIEW: The stories of Rose and Reuben and Lila and Zane were easy to follow but took turns I didn't expect. The story of Rose was different than any other I've read before. She makes some bad decisions and goes through a lot but she learns who she is. I like how the author handled the events Rose goes through and how they are resolved. Lila and Zane are engaged but events keep happening to postpone their wedding. Zane, an Amish convert, struggles to follow the rules and regulations, especially after Lila's accident. Lila is determined to do things on her own without help but, struggles with letting Zane help her with events after the accidents. I like how Zane is determined to keep helping Lila in any way possible, even if it means pursuing paths that are usually "Englisch."
Not having read the other two books in the series, the only difficult part was keeping everyone and their backstories straight. A "cast of characters" would have been fantastic to keep everyone straight. Some family members make quick appearances while others are intertwined with Rose and Lila.
This was a good book but, at times it seemed like something was missing. It may have been my not reading the other books to get the full back story.
This book was provided by Bethany House for review without any compensation.
Leslie Gould is the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 CBA bestseller The Amish Midwife, a 2012 Christy Award winner; CBA bestseller Courting Cate, first in the Courtships of Lancaster County series; and Beyond the Blue, winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice for Best Inspirational Novel, 2006. She holds an MFA in creative writing and lives in Portland, Oregon. She and her husband are the parents of four children. Learn more about Leslie at www.lesliegould.com.