Book Review: Amish Sweethearts by Leslie Gould

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I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Amish Sweethearts is actually the third book I’ve had the opportunity to read by Leslie Gould. Click the links below to see my previous reviews.


Becoming Bea


Amish Promises


I just saw the author’s name and agreed to read it. I didn’t even realize until I started reading it that this is actually the second book in the Neighbors of Lancaster County series. So the characters I grew to love in Amish Promises are back, and now the kids are grown up and are the main characters!


Before I forget, here is the book’s description:


Their Two Worlds Couldn’t Be Further Apart.

Can Anything Bridge the Divide Between Them?


For years Zane Beck and his Amish neighbor Lila Lehman were best of friends. But just as Zane gathered the courage to discover if their friendship could develop into something more, her controlling father arranged for her to be courted by their bishop’s son. Zane, heartbroken and frustrated, joined the Army, running away from his shattered dreams.


The passing of time and the distance between Zane and Lila haven’t been enough to halt their–now completely hidden–feelings for each other. Any hope for their love grows even more impossible though as Zane’s service takes a dangerous turn when he’s deployed to Afghanistan. Being on the frontline, confronted with the hard choices of war, has him questioning everything, including whether he can continue to serve or not. But all choices have consequences, and with Lila preparing to marry another, will these one-time sweethearts ever find the life together that they both still long for?

If you took a quick look at my Amish Promises review, you know that the Neighbors series deals with the relationships between an Amish family and their Englisch neighbors. Zane and Lila have grown up next door to each other now they are reaching adulthood, but of course, it is next to impossible for them to be together romantically, especially when Zane leaves to join the military, as his father did.

Once again, I love the use of Amish phrases. As I finished the book, I wondered if maybe the next book will feature the younger brother and sister of Zane and Lila as the main characters. I will continue to snatch up any Leslie Gould books I can when I have the chance. I have been drawn in by these characters and into the world of Amish fiction in general. If you are a fan of love stories that are against the odds, this is a book for you. Although I’m not a story spoiler, so I won’t tell you for sure if they end up beating the odds or not! You will have to read and find out!

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