From the back of the book:
Gregarious Rose Lehman, who's always the life of the Amish youth singings, is determined to marry the bishop's son, Reuben Byler--until the handsome Army buddy of her future brother-in-law shows up in Lancaster County. In comparison to Trevor, Reuben seems downright boring. Trevor shares Rose's sense of fun and adventure, and her easygoing disposition.
When her sister Lila's buggy is rear-ended and Lila is horribly injured, Rose finds herself with more freedom than she's ever experienced. Everyone is so concerned about Lila that no one realizes Rose is sneaking out with Trevor. Except for Reuben. But in his usual passive way, he doesn't confront her, nor does he address the situation with her Dat or anyone else in the district. Rose appreciates Reuben's discretion, but she also resents it. Part of her relishes the freedom she's found with Trevor, but the other part of her wishes Reuben would "fight" for her, as much as any Amish man would. Too late, she realizes the foolish choice she's made. Has she ruined her best chance at love, or is there another path to happiness she just hasn't seen yet?
My thoughts on Leslie Gould:
Leslie Gould is an amazing writer who tells stories from her heart. Her faith is apparent in the Neighbors of Lancaster County series where she brings the characters to life. Once she has brought them to life, they come and live in your hearts, minds and souls almost as if you truly know them in person. Leslie is a down to earth, sweetheart of a person. She goes out of her way to make everyone feel loved and cared about despite how busy she is in her own personal life. Leslie Gould is definitely one of my most favorite authors. Definitely my favorite Amish writer.
My thoughts on the book:
When I saw that this book was going to dig deeper into the relationship between Rose and Reuben, I was excited because I knew that Lila wasn't meant for him. Reuben wasn't a favorite character until now because you didn't get to know too much until now. Rose is confused and mixed up when Zane Beck's military friend Trevor comes for a visit. It definitely shows how girls can get mixed up when they meet someone out of the norm of everyday living. Rose has too learn to trust God with her feelings, to trust Reuben in times of him not paying attention to her or so she thinks. Rose definitely grows up into a beautiful and intelligent young woman with a personality all her own.
Leslie did it again. She tugged at my heartstrings when something terrible happens. I was on the edge of my bed waiting to see if the characters were going to be okay. The thought ran through my head of "How dare she do that? She can't kill them. They are supposed to be happy, what are you doing?" What can I say? Excellent writer. I have come to love the Becks and Lehmans. They are some of the most wonderful and amazing complex characters I have ever had the opportunity to meet in book format. Bravo!!! Bravo Leslie Gould!
I would give this book a 5-star rating. Bethany House did make clear that my opinions are all my own and that I didn't have to give a positive review.
Where to buy:
Who I can see as Rose, Lila, Reuben, and Trevor
Until next time,
The Traveling Gypsy