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?
My Opinion: I don’t normally read Amish fiction, but I love Shakespeare, so when I heard that Leslie Gould was writing Shakespearean stories adapted to an Amish setting, I thought I’d see what it was like. I’m still not sure what to think of Adoring Addie. It’s loosely patterned after Romeo and Juliet – love at first sight, a family feud, a boring suitor – but the plot, from there, goes totally different. Mrs. Gould even went to the trouble of putting a balcony onto the Amish house just for Addie, but then she doesn’t put in the balcony scene! (I was SO hoping for a balcony scene. Pity.)
Jonathan is idealistic and gentlemanly and Addie is sweet, but their families are just plain horrible. Addie’s Dad is domineering and inconsiderate, her mom is like a mentally disturbed version of Cinderella’s stepmother, and most of her siblings are wild and selfish. Addie and Jonathan (with an occasional, aunt, uncle, cousin, or little brother thrown in) are the only sane people around in a sea of candidates for a mental asylum. Instead of being tragically sad, most of the book was just depressing.
Mrs. Gould is a talented writer, but by and large, Adoring Addie just didn't do it for me. If you like Amish fiction and don’t mind dysfunctional families, go for it. Otherwise, read something else.
My Rating: 6 out of 10Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
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