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When Addie Cramer’s mutter and daed decide Phillip Eicher is the man for her to marry, they claim she must honor them by obeying their wishes. But then she falls in love with Jonathan Mosier–part of the family with whom the Cramers have a long-held grudge. With the help of others in her community who long to see the quarrel healed, Jonathan and Addie struggle to continue th When Addie Cramer’s mutter and daed decide Phillip Eicher is the man for her to marry, they claim she must honor them by obeying their wishes. But then she falls in love with Jonathan Mosier–part of the family with whom the Cramers have a long-held grudge. With the help of others in her community who long to see the quarrel healed, Jonathan and Addie struggle to continue their relationship against both sets of parents’ wishes. But when one of Addie’s vengeful brothers harms a member of the Mosier family, Jonathan intervenes and is banished from Lancaster County. A distraught Addie determines to find the true reason for the grudge between the two families, hoping to tear down the animosity of the past. Can their love for each other bridge the divide between their families? Or are they destined to remain apart forever?


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When Addie Cramer’s mutter and daed decide Phillip Eicher is the man for her to marry, they claim she must honor them by obeying their wishes. But then she falls in love with Jonathan Mosier–part of the family with whom the Cramers have a long-held grudge. With the help of others in her community who long to see the quarrel healed, Jonathan and Addie struggle to continue th When Addie Cramer’s mutter and daed decide Phillip Eicher is the man for her to marry, they claim she must honor them by obeying their wishes. But then she falls in love with Jonathan Mosier–part of the family with whom the Cramers have a long-held grudge. With the help of others in her community who long to see the quarrel healed, Jonathan and Addie struggle to continue their relationship against both sets of parents’ wishes. But when one of Addie’s vengeful brothers harms a member of the Mosier family, Jonathan intervenes and is banished from Lancaster County. A distraught Addie determines to find the true reason for the grudge between the two families, hoping to tear down the animosity of the past. Can their love for each other bridge the divide between their families? Or are they destined to remain apart forever?

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Nancee

    Addie Cramer's family is intent on her marrying Phillip Eicher, the Amish bishop's son, but Addie lacks any feelings beyond friendship for the young man. Her parents are persistent that she marry Phillip in honor and obedience to them, but Addie's head is turned by another man. Jonathan Mosier's family has moved back to Lancaster County after living in another Amish community for several years. Upon meeting Jonathan, Addie's senses are heightened and she knows she's in love. Jonathan shares her Addie Cramer's family is intent on her marrying Phillip Eicher, the Amish bishop's son, but Addie lacks any feelings beyond friendship for the young man. Her parents are persistent that she marry Phillip in honor and obedience to them, but Addie's head is turned by another man. Jonathan Mosier's family has moved back to Lancaster County after living in another Amish community for several years. Upon meeting Jonathan, Addie's senses are heightened and she knows she's in love. Jonathan shares her attraction but their lives become chaotic because of their attraction. The Cramers and Mosiers have held a longstanding grudge against one another, and both families are unwilling to forgive and forget. Addie is forbidden to see Jonathan which only adds bitterness and despair to her unhappiness. An Amish Romeo and Juliet, Jonathan and Addie do everything in their power to overcome the unforgiving feelings that still have a hold on their families. Leslie Gould has penned another beautiful Amish love tale, a facsimile to the well-known story of Romeo and Juliet, a story of obedience and compromise. Written with multiple levels and several diverse characters, the author has combined these elements into a well-told and successful novel. Numerous emotions are characterized, and examples of mental health issues, including depression, anger and alcoholism are depicted in an open and direct style. Forgiveness is the archetype the Amish manifest in their beliefs, and is at the core of this well-written story. I previously read and thoroughly enjoyed Courting Cate, and this second book in The Courtships of Lancaster County is no disappointment! I look forward to the sequel in this series. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ASC Book Reviews

    Simply amazing!!! I LOVED this book and I LOVE Leslie!!! She is a fabulous writer! I love this Amish rendition of Romeo and Juliet even more than Shakespeare's original! I have loved this whole series' concept from the very beginning and enjoy the way Leslie weaves Shakespeare's classics in Amish settings! Cate, Bob, Pete, Betsy, Mervin, Martin, etc. from Courting Cate make reappearances in this sequel and help throughout the story. I love how this book plays out. From the beginning I enjoyed ho Simply amazing!!! I LOVED this book and I LOVE Leslie!!! She is a fabulous writer! I love this Amish rendition of Romeo and Juliet even more than Shakespeare's original! I have loved this whole series' concept from the very beginning and enjoy the way Leslie weaves Shakespeare's classics in Amish settings! Cate, Bob, Pete, Betsy, Mervin, Martin, etc. from Courting Cate make reappearances in this sequel and help throughout the story. I love how this book plays out. From the beginning I enjoyed how Leslie had the characters fall in love slower. Yes it could still be considered "love at first sight" and yes they do fall in love the first day, but it felt like it had enough time to develop instead of just glimpsing each other and BAM! they're in love! LOL! All of the characters are wonderful! And Leslie does a fantastic job of expressing the frustrating aspects of Addie's parents attempting to force her to marry someone she doesn't love! I even love Jonathan more than the original Romeo! His Faith and passion made me fall in love with him right along with Addie! :D Some of my favorite scenes from the play appear in there own ways; such as the party scene where they meet. And I really have come to love the first person way Leslie writes in; it made me feel closer with Addie and more involved with what she goes through. The only grammatical thing that I personally don't like is the He when referring to The Lord isn't capitalized, but I digress! From great twists to a fantastic end I love this book through and through! I can't wait to read Minding Molly!!! Songs: "How Great Thou Art" Carrie Underwood, "'Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus" by Alan Jackson, and while all the lyrics of this song may not match this book overall it does and I just love this song! :) "Overcomer" by Mandisa Songs may change in the future. Revelations 21:5 ~ASC *I received this Book from Bethany House because I was interested in it and wanted to review it this in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings. ~ASC

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paula-O

    Adoring Addie is book #2 in series "The Courtship of Lancaster County" by Leslie Gould There was bitterness between the Cramers and Mosiers for as long as anyone remembered...Why??? No one would talk about this so it continued until... Adalaide Cramer and Jonathan Mosier became friends and then wanted to become more then friends, they decided enough was enough and they would try to end the bitterness once and for all..Do you think two young people can undo what has been happening for many years in Adoring Addie is book #2 in series "The Courtship of Lancaster County" by Leslie Gould There was bitterness between the Cramers and Mosiers for as long as anyone remembered...Why??? No one would talk about this so it continued until... Adalaide Cramer and Jonathan Mosier became friends and then wanted to become more then friends, they decided enough was enough and they would try to end the bitterness once and for all..Do you think two young people can undo what has been happening for many years in the community? Addie's folks want her to marry Philip the son of the Bishop of their community and he too had decided they would be a good match for one another. He seemed to always be around. Addie has brothers older then she and some younger but she was the only daughter of her parents and much work was put on her as her mother spent a lifetime it seemed in depression. Addie's aunt lived with them and was some help with the chores but the mother was always busy writing list and supervising it seemed. I felt like Addie was always working and helping others and seemed to have little time for herself so when a young man (Jonathan) came into the community and started paying attention to her she was smitten from the start. His caring heart touched hers from the beginning. When the family found out he was a Mosier she was told to stay away from him and they seemed to double their efforts to have her marry Phillip. Jonathan and Addie want to reconcile the two families, will their love be enough to keep them together or will long held secrets ruin their chance at happiness??? I received this book from Bethany House publishers to read and review, I give my honest thoughts here.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Title: ADORING ADDIE Author: Leslie Goard Publisher: Bethany House May 2013 ISBN: 978-0764210327 Genre: Amish Not Since Romeo and Juliet Has a Couple Faced Odds This Long The Cramers and Mosiers have been angry with each other for as long as anyone can remember. Things had cooled to a simmer...until Addie Cramer and Jonathan Mosier fell head over heels for each other. Now old tensions are renewed, and Addie's parents insist she marry stolid and uninspiring Phillip Eicher. Distraught at a future apart, t Title: ADORING ADDIE Author: Leslie Goard Publisher: Bethany House May 2013 ISBN: 978-0764210327 Genre: Amish Not Since Romeo and Juliet Has a Couple Faced Odds This Long The Cramers and Mosiers have been angry with each other for as long as anyone can remember. Things had cooled to a simmer...until Addie Cramer and Jonathan Mosier fell head over heels for each other. Now old tensions are renewed, and Addie's parents insist she marry stolid and uninspiring Phillip Eicher. Distraught at a future apart, the two decide their best hope is to reconcile the two families...but that means digging into the past to see what tore them apart. Will their love be enough to keep them together or will long-held secrets ruin their chance at happiness? ADORING ADDIE is the second book in The Courtships of Lancaster County series. It easily stands alone, but fans will want to read Courting Cate, the first book in the series. Okay, in my opinion, Courting Cate was better. This story was rather flat, no sparks, but plenty of family arguments (which I get more than enough of with a couple of my own children). I was kind of amused by some things—such as a frog hopping into a kettle of spaghetti sauce—and bothered by other things. This is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and there is a death-feel at the end (kudos to the author for pulling that off). This is definitely not one of my favorite Amish books. 3 stars. $14.99. 352 pages.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Addie Cramer has a tough row to hoe. Literally. As the only girl in a family of boys, she’s expected to do the cooking, cleaning, gardening, and laundry. Her overweight mother spends her days writing chore lists for Addie. If all that weren’t enough, her parents expect her to marry Phillip Eicher, a staid young man who is considered a “good catch” in their Amish community. Although she has huge doubts, Addie is swept along in their plans until she meets Jonathan Mosier at a farmer’s market. He Addie Cramer has a tough row to hoe. Literally. As the only girl in a family of boys, she’s expected to do the cooking, cleaning, gardening, and laundry. Her overweight mother spends her days writing chore lists for Addie. If all that weren’t enough, her parents expect her to marry Phillip Eicher, a staid young man who is considered a “good catch” in their Amish community. Although she has huge doubts, Addie is swept along in their plans until she meets Jonathan Mosier at a farmer’s market. He has all of the caring qualities that Phillip lacks, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s handsome, to boot. Unfortunately, the Mosiers and the Cramers are feuding. Both sets of parents refuse to consider the match. Addie and Jonathan are at a loss unless they can bring their two families together. I enjoyed Leslie Gould’s take on this timeless story. Her plot and characterizations lift Adoring Addie from a sweet Amish romance to a contemporary novel about dysfunctional families. Their story could take place anywhere, not just in Lancaster County. I give Adoring Addie two thumbs up! My thanks to the author and Bethany House for providing my review copy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lynne Young

    I really didn't think I was going to be able to get into this book because there are so many characters in the beginning. Then as I kept reading they started to sort themselves out and the book really got interesting. In fact I couldn't put the book down until I finished it - in one sitting! It was that captivating. I just had to find out how it all worked out. My favorite character was Addie. Once she decided she knew what she wanted she wasn't afraid to speak her mind. Nineteen years old and co I really didn't think I was going to be able to get into this book because there are so many characters in the beginning. Then as I kept reading they started to sort themselves out and the book really got interesting. In fact I couldn't put the book down until I finished it - in one sitting! It was that captivating. I just had to find out how it all worked out. My favorite character was Addie. Once she decided she knew what she wanted she wasn't afraid to speak her mind. Nineteen years old and completely used by her parents. As the only daughter it was her job to take care of her mother and do everything her father told her to do. That was until they planned the rest of her life and would not listen to her about what she wanted. Did she know what she wanted? Yes she did but the family was determined she was going to have what they wanted. At what cost? The story line had a Romeo & Juliet, Hatfield's & McCoy's feel to it but was very well done by the author. I was engaged the whole time and the characters were well rounded and explained. I really enjoy books that complete the story and this one did that. I highly recommend it!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tina Watson

    Do you remember reading Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"? And do you remember how hard it was to read with his way of wording scenes? You want to read the simple version of Leslie Gould's "Adoring Addie". The Cramers and the Mosiers have been angry for so long can any one remember why? Addie Cramer is the only girl in a household with six brothers. She's hard working, obedient, honors her parents, and does everything to please them. Jonathan Mosier's family is returning back to Lancaster County. Do you remember reading Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"? And do you remember how hard it was to read with his way of wording scenes? You want to read the simple version of Leslie Gould's "Adoring Addie". The Cramers and the Mosiers have been angry for so long can any one remember why? Addie Cramer is the only girl in a household with six brothers. She's hard working, obedient, honors her parents, and does everything to please them. Jonathan Mosier's family is returning back to Lancaster County. He is the only son of a farmer and is a very skilled carpenter. Addie and Jonathan fall head over heals for each other. They decide to reconcile the two families . . . but in doing so means they need to find what tore the families apart. Will their love survive the challenges that await? Will the angry go too far? Will someone get hurt? I received "Adoring Addie" for free in exchange for an honest review. I could not put this book down it was that inviting. I got to the end and I wanted more.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Baranski

    I finished reading Addoring Addie last night. Your best book yet! I was on pins and neddles the last hundred pages or so! The story of Adelaide “Addie” and Jonathan’s undeniable love for one another. A love that neither family can stand the thought of! They try to do anything to keep the two of them apart! Addie has to deal with the demands of her family and being the only girl. So much is put on her with the cooking, cleaning, laundry and helping to take care of her little brothers. There is he I finished reading Addoring Addie last night. Your best book yet! I was on pins and neddles the last hundred pages or so! The story of Adelaide “Addie” and Jonathan’s undeniable love for one another. A love that neither family can stand the thought of! They try to do anything to keep the two of them apart! Addie has to deal with the demands of her family and being the only girl. So much is put on her with the cooking, cleaning, laundry and helping to take care of her little brothers. There is her Aenti Nell who is there to help out and try to help Addie when she can. There has been a family feud for years that has kept these families apart. No body wants to talk about the feud to Addie. She fights for her right to be courted by Jonathan. Her family is trying to force her into a courtship and marriage to Phillip, someone she doesn’t love. Cant she get through to Phillip that she doesn’t love him. So she can be with her one true love Jonathan. The wood worker with such a God given talent. This is a must read if you love Amish fiction! I give this book 5 stars!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Wow!!! Adoring Addie was great! It is the second in a series. The first was Courting Cate, also a favorite of mine. But I have to say that I liked this one even better...and that is saying something. The author has done a wonderful job and the story is a retelling (based on) Romeo and Juliet. I am happy to report that the ending is not the same as the classic. The characters are so sweet and believable and their love is so true. They have so many obstacles to overcome. I have found that Leslie Go Wow!!! Adoring Addie was great! It is the second in a series. The first was Courting Cate, also a favorite of mine. But I have to say that I liked this one even better...and that is saying something. The author has done a wonderful job and the story is a retelling (based on) Romeo and Juliet. I am happy to report that the ending is not the same as the classic. The characters are so sweet and believable and their love is so true. They have so many obstacles to overcome. I have found that Leslie Gould is very good at creating characters that you love, as well as very unlikeable characters to play the adversarial roles. Makes for some great story telling. I highly recommend this book for fans of Amish romance and Christian romance. The book can stand alone, however, I think it is even better if you know the other characters from the first book, Courting Cate, which is based on Taming of the Shrew. I was blessed to receive this book in a contest and was under no obligation to offer a review. However, I am very happily reviewing this book and recommend it highly.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    A Great Read About Relationships! Addie Cramer’s parents makes life for her quite unbearable at times. Having a nasty mean brother doesn’t help either. This book bothered me as I read about the unfairness in overlooking what the boys in the family get away with while keeping a firm hand on their daughter who in my opinion works hard and gets very little appreciation for it. Addie’s parents have a certain young man picked out for her to marry but she doesn’t love him. Addie has her heart set on an A Great Read About Relationships! Addie Cramer’s parents makes life for her quite unbearable at times. Having a nasty mean brother doesn’t help either. This book bothered me as I read about the unfairness in overlooking what the boys in the family get away with while keeping a firm hand on their daughter who in my opinion works hard and gets very little appreciation for it. Addie’s parents have a certain young man picked out for her to marry but she doesn’t love him. Addie has her heart set on another young man. Is it her duty as a daughter to obey them when her heart belongs to someone else? Will Addie get her heart’s desire? Can there be healing? Will truth prevail and forgiveness take place? This is the second book I’ve read by author Leslie Gould and I’m looking forward to reading her next book in this series. If you haven’t read Courting Cate, the first book in this series, I urge you to do so before reading Adoring Addie.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    This is the second book in the series and like the first I loved it and it frustrated me at the same time. There was a lot of reference to Cate from the first book but in a random way. Addie is the only girl in her family and is being promised to Phillip, Addie doesn't want to marry Phillip, she falls in love at first sight with Jonathan. Jonathan and Addie families have had a feud going to for years and years . This is the second book in the series and like the first I loved it and it frustrated me at the same time. There was a lot of reference to Cate from the first book but in a random way. Addie is the only girl in her family and is being promised to Phillip, Addie doesn't want to marry Phillip, she falls in love at first sight with Jonathan. Jonathan and Addie families have had a feud going to for years and years .

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    I won this book through Goodreads First Reads. Review to follow.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Darcee Kraus

    An absolutely adorable novel! Gould has a fantastic story-telling ability that truly is inspiring. I would definitely recommend! Darcee Kraus Mckinleyville, CA http://www.etsy.com/shop/BlassGlass An absolutely adorable novel! Gould has a fantastic story-telling ability that truly is inspiring. I would definitely recommend! Darcee Kraus Mckinleyville, CA http://www.etsy.com/shop/BlassGlass

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    I am absolutely loving this series. Loving all the characters and story lines. Can't wait to start the next book. I am absolutely loving this series. Loving all the characters and story lines. Can't wait to start the next book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Brand

    The only girl in a family of boys, Addie Cramer has long been saddled with the brunt of the housework and childcare, due to her mother’s bad knee. But worse than continuous laundry and cooking are the expectations Addie’s parents have placed on her. Although her older brothers are having a wild running around time, driving cars and attending parties, Addie is expected to settle down and marry a good Amish man—and they have their heart set on Philip Eicher, the Bishop’s son. Addie will admit that The only girl in a family of boys, Addie Cramer has long been saddled with the brunt of the housework and childcare, due to her mother’s bad knee. But worse than continuous laundry and cooking are the expectations Addie’s parents have placed on her. Although her older brothers are having a wild running around time, driving cars and attending parties, Addie is expected to settle down and marry a good Amish man—and they have their heart set on Philip Eicher, the Bishop’s son. Addie will admit that Philip is a nice man, but despite all the time they spend together, she knows she could never love him. But Addie longs to escape her parents’ farm and have some independence. Is marrying Philip the only way to achieve this? Before Addie is forced to settle for a marriage of convenience, she runs into a newcomer to Lancaster County—Jonathan Mosier. The Cramers and Mosiers have long had a family feud that has kept them from interacting with each other. Despite asking both her parents and her aunt, no one will explain what the original cause of the feud is. Addie isn’t going to let an unexplainable, twenty-five-year-old dispute stop her from enjoying life—especially when a chance encounter with Jonathan causes her to wonder if he might be her ticket off the farm, not Philip. But can they convince their families to set aside their differences and allow them to be happy together? Or will this feud be far harder to break than either of them expected? As with the first book in the series, Courting Cate, the Shakespearean play upon which this plot is based isn’t one that I’m overly familiar with. Most people in the Western world will have heard of Romeo and Juliet, but I’m afraid my knowledge is limited to the 1996 film with Leonardo DiCaprio. I was intrigued to see how Leslie would manage to adapt the play into a romance novel with a happy ending, given that Romeo and Juliet end up dead by the end of the play. I’m not sure why people tote this play as being one of the best love stories of all time, to be entirely honest. But thankfully, the ending to this novel was not so tragic. You don’t have to have read the original play in order to enjoy Adoring Addie, but I did enjoy some of the references—the balcony outside Addie’s bedroom and her father’s nickname of “Cap”. The ending (which I don’t want to spoil for any potential readers) impressed me, retaining some of the aspects of the conclusion to Romeo and Juliet without, obviously, both the hero and heroine ending up dead. The only aspect which I thought could have been improved upon was the way in which Addie and Jonathan fall in love. I know that the idea of love at first sight is in keeping with the original play, but I struggled to believe that Addie and Jonathan could feel so strong about each other after knowing each other for a few hours. I could overlook the improbability of a long-lasting family grudge or a balcony on an Amish house, but I’m afraid that I wasn’t convinced by the strength of Addie’s love for Jonathan after such a short period of time. I know that I’m not the only romance reader who isn’t a fan of love at first sight in any context. This didn’t completely spoil my enjoyment of this novel, but I did feel that this was one aspect of the story that could have been altered from the original text to better fit a modern context. I initially struggled with how cruel Addie’s family members were towards her and the Mosiers, and I was worried that they might come across as caricatures with no real motivations. But as the story developed, I came to appreciate the truth in Leslie’s depiction of how a grudge can cause bitterness and resentment that breaks a family apart. I’ve never experienced a family feud, but I have witnessed the hurt that can result in a family when one member insists on fostering a grudge. Other members of the family are forced to either go along with it, so as not to be alienated, or try to ignore the situation as best they can, as Addie does. It’s not easy being in Addie’s position, when you disagree with a parent’s treatment of someone, and I hurt alongside her as she bore the brunt of her parents’ and siblings’ bitterness and resentment for daring to go against their wishes. I was pleasantly surprised when the larger story about the Cramer family was expanded to examine some of the reasons behind certain characters’ behaviours and actions. Hannah’s melancholy, Timothy’s drinking and Addie’s mother’s selfishness were all explored as the story developed into a discussion about mental illness. Hannah’s—Addie’s cousin—story was the one that probably touched me the most, because I know first-hand how difficult it is for family members to acknowledge teenage depression. I commend Leslie for tackling a topic that is often overlooked or dismissed as simply teenage moodiness or rebellion. I hadn’t heard about having a genetic disposition towards depression before, so this was an interesting concept to learn about. I was also pleased with the way Timothy’s—Addie’s older brother—story evolved, regarding his drinking and rebellion. It’s very easy to look down on someone for getting drunk without wondering why they feel the need to drink that much. I did wish that Addie’s mother’s story had been explored more. She was the cruelest character in the entire book, and although we later learn about the guilt that has caused her to act this way, it felt like this part of the story was wrapped up too easily. Her change of heart felt too swift and painless to be real. Courting Cate had a similar ending, with two characters who had teased Cate throughout her life apologising and changing their ways at the drop of a hat, and Cate forgiving them just as easily. I know that the Amish are famous for the way they embrace forgiveness, but given the context of this story, it felt like Addie’s mother’s change of heart happened a bit too quickly. Despite the implausibility of a large part of this story, it did include a lot of realism. Some Amish novels present the lifestyle in a romanticised fashion, but Adoring Addie didn’t fall into that trap. It portrayed the Amish as flawed human beings who feel jealousy and argue with their relatives, who struggle with illness and get bored of housework. Having Addie’s older brothers drive cars, live in a run-down trailer and attend wild parties definitely helped with the realism, as well as the struggles of the parents to deal with their teenagers’ behaviour. Small details like Addie cooking spaghetti and taco salad, and her younger brothers playing with toy bows and arrows made her family feel just like any other—except for giant family feud, of course! Although I struggled with a few aspects of this story, Adoring Addie was a thoroughly enjoyable novel and a great addition to Leslie’s Courtships of Lancaster County series. Even if you’re not a fan of Shakespeare or love at first sight romances, I encourage fans of Amish fiction to check out this series. Leslie Gould definitely brings something refreshing and new to the genre, and I hope she’s here to stay. Review title provided by Bethany House.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cherese Akhavein

    Book 2 in the series The Courtship of Landncaster County by Leslie Gould Adoring Addie An Amish spin on Romeo and Juliet and is a wonderful one at that, it’s just a Pain fun book to read you will not want to put it down just as in book 1 when odds are stacked against you and there is no where else to turn you either get stronger in your faith or weaker in your own strength. Addie has a up hill battle to travel but with the help of Jonathan together they will find a path to bring to families toget Book 2 in the series The Courtship of Landncaster County by Leslie Gould Adoring Addie An Amish spin on Romeo and Juliet and is a wonderful one at that, it’s just a Pain fun book to read you will not want to put it down just as in book 1 when odds are stacked against you and there is no where else to turn you either get stronger in your faith or weaker in your own strength. Addie has a up hill battle to travel but with the help of Jonathan together they will find a path to bring to families together and at the same time build a road toward their own happiness. This is a very good read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    H

    Between two and three stars. Much like in Courting Cate, this was a frustrating read in that everyone who was supposed to love Addie best and be on her team were the ones treating her the worst—some really abominably. I guess it made for a good juxtaposition for how well and thoughtfully Jonathan cared for her and listened to her and fought for her, but mostly all that unkindness/maliciousness just made me sick to my stomach. I did like the mental illness discussion, largely pertaining to depres Between two and three stars. Much like in Courting Cate, this was a frustrating read in that everyone who was supposed to love Addie best and be on her team were the ones treating her the worst—some really abominably. I guess it made for a good juxtaposition for how well and thoughtfully Jonathan cared for her and listened to her and fought for her, but mostly all that unkindness/maliciousness just made me sick to my stomach. I did like the mental illness discussion, largely pertaining to depression, as well as encouraging marital and individual counseling when problems come up.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This book was very cleverly written and frankly has the ending that Romeo and Juliet should have had. I really like the Amish twist Chinese Shakespearean tails. I also like the Christ centered plots while still having a very good storyline that was interesting.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joann

    A great book! I listened on audible and thought it was great ! A little slow at first but I loved how the characters weren’t all sweet ! I also liked how the author touched on issues such as depression and disagreements! A great book ! Looking forward to the next one !

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Hill

    I really enjoyed this one. I so related to Addie. Throughout life an individual has to stand up and say.....Hey, I have feelings and thoughts of my own. it doesn't matter what your background is, you have to become what you feel in your heart. I really enjoyed this one. I so related to Addie. Throughout life an individual has to stand up and say.....Hey, I have feelings and thoughts of my own. it doesn't matter what your background is, you have to become what you feel in your heart.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Babetta

    I had very strong reactions to this book. Addie's parents were completely awful. The ending was extremely rushed and very unrealistic. I wish more time was spent on the mending and less on a silly, senseless feud. No child should have to endure being treated the way Addie was. I had very strong reactions to this book. Addie's parents were completely awful. The ending was extremely rushed and very unrealistic. I wish more time was spent on the mending and less on a silly, senseless feud. No child should have to endure being treated the way Addie was.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Bennet

    Adoring Addie A great book about love and solving problems. Can't wait to read more from this author. Love the Amish ways and life style. Adoring Addie A great book about love and solving problems. Can't wait to read more from this author. Love the Amish ways and life style.

  23. 4 out of 5

    AlegnaB †

    Quite a lot of this book was boring. Also, the feud, being set among an Amish community, didn't seem realistic to me. Quite a lot of this book was boring. Also, the feud, being set among an Amish community, didn't seem realistic to me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    So much better than the first in the series. I enjoyed this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Rusidoff

    Focuses on a young Amish women who doesn't want to disobey her parents but wants to pursue her true lo e. Focuses on a young Amish women who doesn't want to disobey her parents but wants to pursue her true lo e.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Mitchell

    Nice, easy read I love a book without bad language, without sexual.content, and with a kinder, gentler message, all of which this book has.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Megann Zeigler

    Book two of the Courtship Series I read One too but now have to wait for three and four to arrive. Can hardly wait. Should think about getting them all and reading in sequence. Fascinating and totally worth the read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Carlson

    3.5 STARS! This has been a fond series to read so far with Courting Cate, but this one has been my least favorite so far. The entire series of The Courtships of Lancaster County is going to be based upon William Shakespeare's plays, and this one was Romeo and Juliet. This tale has it's own unique spin. At first Addie is being strongly pushed to marry Phillip Eicher, the Bishop's son, but her heart is not set on him at all. She feels nothing for him, yet her parents are making her feel so bad by sa 3.5 STARS! This has been a fond series to read so far with Courting Cate, but this one has been my least favorite so far. The entire series of The Courtships of Lancaster County is going to be based upon William Shakespeare's plays, and this one was Romeo and Juliet. This tale has it's own unique spin. At first Addie is being strongly pushed to marry Phillip Eicher, the Bishop's son, but her heart is not set on him at all. She feels nothing for him, yet her parents are making her feel so bad by saying she is going against their wishes. She feels nothing for him. Later, when she finds out Jonathan Mosier has moved back to Lancaster County, now her heart goes aflutter. Addie and Jonathan would sneak off to the creek together, but every time they did, they got caught! There really wasn't enough romance between the two to make this 'feel' like a super good Romeo and Juliet. There is a huge problem. Unfortunately, the two families don't have this couple, Addie and Jonathan in mind for each other because there is a rift between the two families, and has been for quite a while as it is demonstrated as a fight breaks out between someone in each family, and Jonathan happens to get in the middle of it, and he gets hurt ending up in the hospital. The rift between the two families has to do with mental illness and an addiction problem. I thought that was really a good thing to bring up with the Amish. Not only do Englisher's suffer from this, but so do the Amish, and this brought a little bit of reality to the story which I do like to see in the Amish books.Even though the one woman has an issue more so which is what is causing the rift between the families, the two fathers get along great! Perhaps there is a chance for Addie and Jonathan? Cate makes an appearance in this book, so that was nice to see. If you would like to read this series in order, then go ahead and first grab Courting Cate, then pick up this book! The next book will be Minding Molly based upon A Midsummer Night's Dream, Book 3 in the Courtships of Lancaster County. This concludes my review of the story, except to say this story does NOT involve 'Tragedy' as does Shakespeare's play does, thankfully! So for those of you who are interested in this book, that is about it except for the rest of my review which has SPOILERS IN IT, so if you want to read this book, then STOP HERE. ***SPOILER ALERT HERE!!! Stop reading if you are planning on reading this book! Jonathan gets hurt, is in the hospital with the family all around him, and they think he died. Aren't there monitors hooked up to you when you are in a hospital bed and unconscious? The family thought he was dead, but the machine would be beeping if he was doing just fine. If he had died or had a problem, then the machines would be going crazy, especially if his heart stopped, nurses and doctors would be running frantically working on him to bring him back, etc. I know these people are Amish, but there would be a frenzy going on! There was not. Or, if he did pass, the hospital would not just let him lay there. Addie has a balcony. Did we get a balcony scene? No. Why not? Why even mention it? In Romeo and Juliet, the balcony scene is the most famous scene of all! I was sad that nothing happened with this. Why did the author even talk about Addie having a balcony if nothing was going to happen? There were a few other things that could have been done differently to make it feel a little more like Romeo and Juliet, such a Jonathan giving Addie flowers, or surprising her with something romantic, but nothing romantic happened. We just didn't get enough romance in this book. This didn't feel like a very romantic Romeo and Juliet that I would have expected. We needed more romance! We didn't get hardly any, and yes, I'm boo-hoo'ing! I usually love Leslie Gould's writing very much, so when I found out the next book was going to be based on Romeo and Juliet, I was really excited for this one, only to be let down. One could argue, I guess, that the master story teller of Romeo and Juliet was, after all, Shakespeare, so . . . ? We just wanted a little more in this book than what was delivered. I received this book for FREE from the Publisher, Bethany House and NetGalley in exchange to read and write a review about it. It is NOT required for this review to be either positive or negative, but of my own honest opinion. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to read this book nor to write this review, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/wa... Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jean SF

    Again another awesome story . Reading just about every book written by this author! Thank you to my local library. Rockton Ave. In Rockford, il

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Book two in The Courtships of Lancaster County series by Leslie Gould is another wonderful Amish Rendition of a Shakespeare tale! These books are stand-alone so I wouldn’t worry much about which order to pick them up though I’ll say I really enjoyed this book more than Courting Cate. Both books were really good but this one was simply my favorite of the two. The characters were enjoyable and easy to relate to. Addie Cramer’s parents are set on her marrying Phillip Eicher and are fu Book two in The Courtships of Lancaster County series by Leslie Gould is another wonderful Amish Rendition of a Shakespeare tale! These books are stand-alone so I wouldn’t worry much about which order to pick them up though I’ll say I really enjoyed this book more than Courting Cate. Both books were really good but this one was simply my favorite of the two. The characters were enjoyable and easy to relate to. Addie Cramer’s parents are set on her marrying Phillip Eicher and are furious when she begins to show an interest in Jonathan Mosier. I have to admit that Phillip drove me nuts. He was annoying and just irritated me. This of course was the desired emotion the author obviously wished to invoke. The Cramer’s disdain for Jonathan stems from a decades old feud between the Mosier and the Cramer Family. Their hatred clouds their mind and skews their ideas about Jonathan, who actually is a really stand up kind of guy and a great Christian to boot! The real reason for the feud is discovered by Addie and it’s a very tricky situation to deal with. This leads to a good bit of soul searching and thought on Addie’s part on how to best deal with and diffuse the feud—bringing peace and healing to both families. This book deals with situations of alcoholism and depression that will really make you connect with these characters. They seem so lifelike! I’ve read a good bit of skepticism about how one can retell such a tragic story such as Romeo and Juliet in a lighthearted Amish tale but the author captured the tale perfectly! I am very eager to pick up the entire series. Most retellings are typical and annoying. These are a bit unique as they’re in an Amish setting and they’re much more lighthearted than secular tales. View all my reviews|Read an Excerpt I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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