Can These Two Friends from Opposite Worlds Find Love?
They've been best friends for years, but as high school ends, Zane Beck can't help but look at his Amish neighbor, Lila Lehman, with different eyes. Her controlling father sees only one future for Lila, though, and arranges for her to be courted by an upstanding young Amish man. When Zane sees the two together, his plans for the future crumble, and he impulsively enlists in the Army, following in his father's footsteps.
However, the passing of years and the distance between them isn't enough to halt their now hidden feelings for each other. If being together used to be difficult, it's now impossible, especially with the Amish opposed to war. Zane's service takes a dramatic turn when he's sent to Afghanistan. Being on the front line and the reality of taking a life has him questioning whether he can continue to serve or not. But all choices have consequences--both his and hers. With Lila preparing to marry another, will these one-time sweethearts ever find the life together that they both still long for?
My thoughts: AMISH SWEETHEARTS is the second book in Ms. Gould's Neighbor's of Lancaster County series. Fans will want to read the first book, Amish Promises, since this series does not stand alone. I wanted to like AMISH SWEETHEARTS better than I did. I looked forward to reading Zane's and Lila's story. Zane grew up to be a wonderful young man, kind, considerate, and serving the country, like his dad and his dad's best friend, Charlie. He did end up second guessing his decision, but I'm sure that is normal for most young people in the military, especially those who are deployed for ongoing war. Lila moved on (sorta) loving Zane but being courted by Reuben, and she wouldn't talk to Zane when he was home, but then sulked when he respected her boundaries. Zane and Lila were apart with no communication most of the book. It was a good read, Ms. Gould is a talented author, and I would call this women's fiction more than romance. 3.5 stars.