AMISH SWEETHEARTS is book two in the Neighbors of Lancaster County series by Leslie Gould. Ms. Gould does a fabulous job of combining the Amish world with the Englisch people living nearby. This is no easy challenge as the Englisch family, The Becks, are a military family. The Amish are pacifists and do not believe in fighting.
The Becks, Shani and Joel, have a son named Zane. Lila is the Amish neighbor and Zane and Lila have been best friends since they were kids. Now they are older and Lila’s dad has arranged for Lila to be courted by Reuben, an Amish man from her community. Zane can not handle seeing Lila and Reuben together so he does something stupid and impulsive and joins the Army. Even though they both are convinced they have moved on, Zane and Lila are both miserable. After some time, Reuben has grown impatient with Lila. He wants to marry her and begin their life together but Lila isn’t ready to make that commitment to him. She knows in her heart she doesn’t love Reuben they way he deserves to be loved.
Zane is soon sent to Afghanistan and Lila tries to stay friends with him. She knows she isn’t being truthful to Reuben as she also knows her life with Zane could never be more than friends. They come from two different worlds. She would never leave her Amish community and her family behind. She decides to end her friendship with Zane. She breaks both of their hearts in the process. Before you start reading AMISH SWEETHEARTS make sure you have plenty of time because once you start, you won’t want to stop.
Ever since I read the first book in this series, Amish Promises, I feel as if I know the characters very well. You don’t have to read the first book to read AMISH SWEETHEARTS but if you want to know the characters deeper I would suggest reading them in order. I can’t wait to continue with this series and learn more about their troubles and happiness. Leslie Gould sure knows how to write a great story and you will be amazed how fast she grabs at your heart and never lets you go until the very last page. You will fall in love with all the characters and will feel as if you are right there dealing with their many issues. Leslie Gould’s characters are going to take over your heart and leave you screaming for more.