Thursday, January 15, 2015

Review: Courting Emily by:Amy Lillard

 Courting Emily (A Wells Landing Book 2)
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.

I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I'm a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that's me June Cleaver with a laptop.

I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twilight series (I'll get to it or I won't, either way I'm good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I'm alone on this last one, and again, I'm good with it.)

My Review:
 Amy Lillard is a really great lady as well as author. I have had the privilege of being on her Street Team, for awhile now. She is a great lady to work with!  In Courting Emily, we are taken back to Wells Landing which is book two in the series. I loved following Emily's life, and the plans that she felt were hers to own. But as God faithfully reminds us, his plans are always better. As Emiy took each turn on the journey that she felt was handpicked for her, only to actually find each one met a dead end---it is soon revealed the special one God chose to be the one to own her heart.

 The chemistry between Elam and Emily was one of true love that can be felt through the pages of Courting Emily. Their romance feels much like the one that I share with my beloved. Courting Emily is a good stand alone book, but it was also a great continuation of the series. Can't wait to read Lorie's Heart set to release in September 2015.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.