Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Minding Molly

Author: Leslie Gould
Publisher: Bethany House
February 2014
ISBN: 978-0764210334
Genre: Amish

Molly Zook Has Everything Planned Just Right.
Or So She Thinks!

Molly Zook's always liked being in control, so she's struggling with her mother's wish that, to save the family farm, she marry Mervin Mosier. Especially after Molly meets Leon Fisher. He's from Montana but is now training horses at a nearby ranch. He's tall and muscular and confident--Molly has never met anyone like him and she's sure he feels the same about her.

Determined to let nothing get between them, Molly tries to coax Mervin into falling back in love with Molly's best friend, Hannah. A weekend camping trip in the Poconos could be just the place...but things quickly go awry, and it seems Leon and Hannah might be falling for each other instead! Will Molly keep struggling to control everyone and everything around her? Or will she learn to let God handle the twists and turns of her life?

MINDING MOLLY is the third book in Ms. Gould's The Courtships of Lanncaster County series. I'm not really sure how I feel about it. Great writing. Molly is strong, opinionated, and bossy, very maternal, her Mamm says, but she gets upset when someone doesn't do exactly what she wants when she wants. Leon is a dear. He is quiet, patient, understanding, and willing to question what he doesn't understand. And there is a lot about Molly to not understand! She dated Philip but he broke up with her because she was pushing the relationship, then her mamm decided Mervin would be the one who she should marry to save the farm--but Molly's best friend Hannah is in love with Mervin, so she has to make Mervin fall in love with her friend so she can be free to marry Leon, except Leon is going back to Montana so she has to make Leon want to stay in Lancaster County... And Hannah doesn't seem like much of a friend.

I'm not sure what William Shakespeare story this one is allegedly based on, I'm not a huge Shakespeare reader. Not enough to know this without being told. The story is well written. The drama is head-ache inducing. Leon is a doll. I'm going with 4 stars. If you like Leslie Gould and Amish fiction you will probably love MINDING MOLLY. Don't miss this, or the first two in the series, Courting Cate and Adoring Addie. $14.99. 353 pages. 

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