Not Since Romeo and Juliet Has a Couple Faced Odds This Long
The Cramers and Mosiers have been angry with each other for as long as anyone can remember. Things had cooled to a simmer…until Addie Cramer and Jonathan Mosier fell head over heels for each other. Now old tensions are renewed, and Addie’s parents insist she marry stolid and uninspiring Phillip Eicher.
Distraught at a future apart, the two decide their best hope is to reconcile the two families…but that means digging into the past to see what tore them apart. Will their love be enough to keep them together or will long-held secrets ruin their chance at happiness?
Having read Courting Cate, I knew that I would enjoy Adoring Addie and I was not wrong! I am not a huge fan of Amish novels, but Ms. Gould does a fantastic job of making the characters in her novel real people. I don’t get this feeling of profound otherness that I often get when I read other Amish novels. Ms. Gould has lately been taking Shakespeare’s plays and applying them to an Amish backdrop. I thought she did a great job with Romeo and Juliet. As Juliet, I found Addie to be a fleshed out character that you couldn’t help but root for throughout the novel and the pages turned quickly for me. If there was anything I didn’t like about this book it had all to do with the same reasons I don’t care for the play Romeo and Juliet and yet those aspects have to be there in order to duplicate the play. So no fault to Ms. Gould! I’m not fond of the insta-love in Romeo and Juliet that also happens in this novel. That said, I loved the way Jonathan becomes developed throughout the novel and you can’t help but like him yourself. His love for Addie combined with his deep understanding of God made him a great hero. I also didn’t care for the feud between the families, I thought it was a bit overblown, but most feuds are. There were times when I thought Addie should just leave her family, but then the story could not have played out like the play. As I said, all of problems have to do with the play itself and not the writing. Spiritually, I love how we’re told just how much God loves us and has a purpose for our lives. I found the book to be wonderful and I highly recommend this novel!
**I received this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**