I have been reading Amish Fiction books for well over a decade, and each time I pick up a book from an author I haven’t read, I am intrigued with their style and ability to communicate the Amish culture through writing. This third book in The Courtships of Lancaster County series, Minding Molly, from Bestselling author Leslie Gould (author of the first two books of the series- Courting Cate and Adoring Addie), did an excellent job of holding my interest from the very first page. Ms. Gould does a superb job of describing the Amish culture through both speech, description of surroundings, events, and challenges.
The story is realistic in the concerns of Molly regarding courtship, marriage and family responsibility. As with each Amish story that I read, this book has a story to tell regarding faith and our ability to trust in God to guide our path. Molly has to learn that while she thinks she can control her path in life, it is only God who knows where she is going, and the best way for her to get there. The twists and turns of this young girls thoughts are enough to keep the reader interested.
There is only one thing that really bothered me about this book, and it has nothing to do with the writing. The cover photo of “Molly” shows a young woman with eye makeup, blush, lipstick and highlighted hair. This would never happen in the Amish culture, so each time I picked up the book I was disturbed by this.
Had I not been given this book by the publisher for my review, I most likely would not have purchased it because of the cover photo. But, with that said, I would recommend this book for any fan of Amish Fiction.