Friday, May 22, 2015

Book Review-Amish Promises by Leslie Gould

Amish Promises
By:  Leslie Gould
Publisher:  Bethany House

Returning to Lancaster County PA and Shani Beck’s grandfather’s farm, she is in hopes her family will find the peace and healing they desperately need.  It seems to be just the type of place Joel needs to  recover from his wounds that he received while serving in Iraq and the PTSD  that is causing problems with their marriage, because their neighbors, the Lehmans are Amish so what could possibly go wrong?....

Things definitely get off to a rocky start when Shani’s son Zane, causes an accident that lands Tim Lehman’s son, Simon in the hospital.  Tim is a stern mannered man who doesn’t like the Englisch, especially around his children and his sister, Eve.

Just as things begin to settle down the Beck’s friend, Charlie is smitten with Eve and Joel accidentally sets the house on fire in the midst of an ice storm, while his baby is being born.  Life has certainly become complicated for the Becks and the Lehmans.  Can their lives be mended?  Can the two families co-exist as neighbors and live in harmony as friends?

This book stole my heart from the beginning.  It was not just about the Amish, but the melding together of two completely different life styles.  It touched on dealing with the after effects of war and PSTD and the difficulty of a military wife having the total responsibility of making decisions while her husband is deployed and then learning how to share that responsibility once her husband returns home.  As the story unfolds MS Gould subtly weaves God’s love into their lives.  The changes in the lives of both families, although almost miraculous is very much a reality.  I love this book and would highly recommend it.  I spent an afternoon being unable to put it down.  It was filled with laughter, tear, love and inspiration.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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