Monday, May 6, 2013

ADORING ADDIE, by Leslie Gould

 Addie Cramer has a tough row to hoe. Literally. As the only girl in a family of boys, she's expected to do the cooking, cleaning, gardening, and laundry. Her overweight mother spends her days writing chore lists for Addie.
 If all that weren't enough, her parents expect her to marry Phillip Eicher, a staid young man who is considered a "good catch" in their Amish community.
 Although she has huge doubts, Addie is swept along in their plans until she meets Jonathan Mosier at a farmer's market. He has all of the caring qualities that Phillip lacks, and it doesn't hurt that he's handsome, to boot. Unfortunately, the Mosiers and the Cramers are feuding. Both sets of parents refuse to consider the match. Addie and Jonathan are at a loss unless they can bring their two families together.
 I enjoyed Leslie Gould's take on this timeless story. Her plot and characterizations lift Adoring Addie from a sweet Amish romance to a contemporary novel about dysfunctional families. Their story could take place anywhere, not just in Lancaster County.
 I give Adoring Addie two thumbs up! After you've read it, I'd love to know your opinion.

My thanks to the author and Bethany House for providing my review copy.