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Contemporary
Courting Emily (Wells Landing #2)
By Jo
Aug 5, 2015 - 11:35:53 AM

COURTING EMILY has the Amish at its core but once again Englischers are involved that shows the dichotomy of their beliefs.  Emily's first and only love is not ready to join the church and is once again involved in the Englischer's world even after his rumspringa is over.  What will happen to their love and is there a way to unite their beliefs?


Lillard's COURTING EMILY, BOOK 2 in THE WELLS LANDING SERIES, reunites us with many of the characters we've met before - Emily and her family, Luke and his uncle, Caroline, Andrew, Lorie and the Riehl family amongst others.  Once again the story was not what I expected with the twists and turns as well as the many interactions between the Amish and the Englischers.  The interactions were real especially amongst the families and amongst Emily and her best friends, Caroline and Lorie even if they were different in how they viewed life and what they believed even though they were all Amish.  There was a lot of hard work since they lived on farms but things always got done with the help of family members and neighbors.  The color purple and Elam Riehl's dad, James, played a significant role in the story and it was heartwarming to see the progress he made toward healing.  Emily and Elam had a love/hate relationship that came through loud and clear.  Their one step forward and two steps back approach continued on longer than it should have but neither was ready to move ahead or even step aside at some points.

 

There are lies, secrets, hurts, injuries, anger, tears, fear of the unknown, romance, love both new and lost, happiness, laughter, lots of prayers and descriptions of their wardrobe and ultimately several happily ever afters.  There was nice closure and many loose ends were tied up and I'm happy to know we'll be back in Wells Landing at least once more with book three, LORIE'S HEART. There was an excerpt of this story at the back of the book which whet my appetite for more.  There was also a glossary of Amish terms.

 

Lillard is an author I found not long ago and have added her books to my must reads.  I read her three books in the CLOVER RIDGE SERIES and enjoyed them along with the first book in this series, CAROLINE'S SECRET.  I've also read her contemporary novel, BLAME IT ON TEXAS, which she wrote as Amie Louellen.  I look forward to reading many more of her books.



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