About The Book: Return to Wells Landing, the close-knit Amish community in Oklahoma, where a hopeful young woman struggles to find true love while staying true to her faith. . .Emily Ebersol is the bishop's daughter, and everyone--including Emily--assumes she'll marry a faithful Amish man and live out her days within the community. But her childhood sweetheart, Luke Lambright, fell in love with racing cars during his rumspringa and decided to leave Wells Landing. Emily prays for his return, but as the months go by, she begins spending time with another young man--a man who may not be as exciting as Luke, but perhaps he's exactly what she needs. . .Elam Rhiel knows that Emily has always been in love with Luke--but he is certain he could be the loyal, steady husband Emily deserves. Then, just as Emily begins to fall for him, Luke returns and complicates her feelings. Now, they all must learn that the greatest love requires the greatest sacrifice. . .
About The Author: Amy Lillard is a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess. She lives in Tulsa, though she was born in Mississippi. She moved to the Sooner State when she was seventeen and met her soul mate and best friend not long after. She's retained a little of her Mississippi accent though most people think she is from Texas. (?) Rob and Amy have been married for over twenty years and have a son-a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course! She loves homemade tacos, shoes, and romance novels-not necessarily in that order. She is a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and she is shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter. Amy believes that God is love and that's why she adores romances. She has always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And she loves, loves, loves the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently she never thought to blend this interest with her penchant for romance. Okay, okay, she is a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. She loves to cook and take care of her family. June Cleaver with a laptop. She dislikes people trying to convince her to read the Twlight series, gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. Favorite movies-(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940′s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven't seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn's and Audrey's.
My Thoughts On The Book: I did not read Lillard's first book in the series, but it was not necessary to do this. This book stands alone and is wonderful. Lillard is great at developing her characters and making them come alive on the page. I got so angry at Emily when she took so long to realize where true love was actually waiting. I loved the interaction between Jame's and Emily. His childlike demeanor and her kindness melted my heart. I read this book in one sitting. I could not put it down. I cannot wait until August 15 to get my hands on Lorie's Heart, another Amish romance by Lillard.
Disclaimer: I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Kensington as part of their Blogging for Books program, and was not required to give a positive review.