I am so happy to return to Wells Landing! Courting Emily is book two in the series, but if you have not read book one, don’t worry. This book is a great stand-alone book, as well. But I am glad to have read book one, Caroline’s Secret, because the main characters from that book do make a few appearances and I am thrilled to have gotten another peak into their lives.
This is such a great book! Emily is a girl with two men who love her. But there is only one man that Emily has loved for as long as she can remember. His name is Luke and he has left the Amish community of Wells Landing. Now Emily is left to go on without him. I really felt for Emily. Luke tells her he loves her and that she is important to him, but then takes off to follow his dreams, leaving Emily behind.
Elam is the other man who loves Emily. He is a young man with a whole lot of burdens and responsibilities weighing him down. His father is no longer capable of running the family farm and Elam has taken on all of the duties as head of his family. He appears stern and solemn to Emily, very unlike Luke. When it becomes clear that Elam has adored for Emily for years, will she be able to let the idea of one man’s love go, in exchange for the love of a man who is still a part of her community? Who does God truly intend for her?
I loved these characters! A great theme ran through this book. If the love is true, it can be expressed by that person being willing to do what is best for the one they love. This is shown in actions by all three of the characters of Luke, Elam, and Emily, as well as in the treatment of Elam’s father. What is the family willing to do to help him and how can they express their love in his care? Emily does a lot to open their eyes to what he needs.
The characters feel very real in Courting Emily. There are not quick and easy solutions to situations. There are misunderstandings and sometimes it takes awhile for true feelings to make themselves known. I loved this book from start to finish and read it every chance I got! I definitely recommend this story and the Wells Landing series to fans of Amish fiction. (5 stars)
I would like to express my thanks to the author for the complimentary ARC copy of this book that I received. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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:
I’m a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.
I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I’ve retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I’m from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son-a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!
I love homemade tacos, shoes, and romance novels-not necessarily in that order. I’m a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I’m shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.
I believe that God is love. I guess that’s why I adore romances.