In Amish Sweethearts, a novel by Leslie Gould, we learn that Zane Beck and Lila Lehman had shared a beautiful friendship as children. As young adults their differences can not be ignored. Lila is Amish while Zane is not. It is obvious they have feelings for each other, but Lila is being courted by Reuben, an Amish man. Perhaps for the wrong reasons, Zane enlists in the Army and comes face to face with life altering challenges. Lila struggles with her family obligations, her love for Zane and her commitments. Reuben is not the man she loves, but marriage to Zane doesn’t seem possible. Their complex relationship is filled with misunderstandings and long separations. Can Lila and Zane share a future together despite the obstacles?
The author skillfully takes the reader into the protagonists lives as well as those of the large cast of realistic secondary characters who are very important to the story. Lives are intertwined and relationships change. Family dynamics are revealed. Strong themes of family, love, faith and hope come together to make this a deep and moving novel. Highly recommended.
I received this book free from Bethany House and I give this review of my own free will.