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Minding Molly

(The Courtships of Lancaster County #3)

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Molly Zook has everything planned just right. Or so she thinks!

Molly Zook's always liked being in control, so she's struggling with her mother's wish that, to save the family farm, she marry Mervin Mosier. Especially after Molly meets Leon Fisher. He's from Montana but is now training horses at a nearby ranch. He is tall and muscular and confident--Molly has never met anyo
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Paperback, 347 pages
Published February 1st 2014 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2014)
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Shantelle
2.5 stars. I'm afraid I just didn't enjoy this book as much as the one before it ... and certainly not as much as Courting Cate (Book One). On a whole, I liked it and it was interesting; but the story was a bit confusing, like it didn't know exactly where it was going. And the characters rather annoyed me.

Molly Zook was ultra controlling. After the recent death of her father, and busy worrying about her mother, she's bossier than ever, according to her nineteen-year-old, younger sister. Her frie
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Cheryl Baranski
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Minding Molly, By: Leslie Gould
This is a wonderful story about Molly Zook. Molly is someone that likes to be in control. Molly’s father has recently passed away. She is trying to deal with her mother. She is struggling to save their family farm. Her mother keeps pushing her to marry Mervin Mosier. Molly wants to marry someone that she loves. Molly falls in love Leon a horse trainer that is working for her best friend Hannah’s father. Will she be given the oppportunity to have a chance of their
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Becky
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Molly Zook is a young Amish lady living in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Recently, Molly’s father died leaving her mother, Anna, her sister, Beatrice, and Molly very much adrift. Molly had always been a take-charge person, and since her father’s death, that is exactly what she has been doing.

Their father had started a green house and flower business on their farm. Unfortunately, none of the family knew what bad financial shape the business was in until after the father’s death.

Anna demands tha
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Tina
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: yes
As is too often the case, our worlds can change suddenly, without warning, and without mercy. The journey of our lives becomes foreign, the road untested, and best with complications we never could have imagined. Our will, our hearts, and our faith are all put to great duress all at once without any tolerance or patience for our adaption.

In “Minding Molly”, author Leslie Gould brings us the tale of a young girl faced with just such a trial, Molly Zook, whose father has just passed away. In his d
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Brittany
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Minding Molly is another fun addition to The Courtships of Lancaster County series. I really enjoy how the author has built these stories based on the works of William Shakespeare. The first book of the series, Courting Cate, is based on The Taming of the Shrew. Book number two, Adoring Addie, is based on Romeo and Juliet. And now, we have Minding Molly, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Looking ahead, the next book in the series is titled Becoming Bea and is based on Much Ado About Nothing. I ...more
Ann
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
To say Molly Zook is a controlling woman is an understatement. Her days consist of making lists and plans, not only for herself but for her sister and for Mervin Mosier, a neighbor who helps on their family farm. In the Biblical story of Mary and Martha, Molly identifies with Martha. Somebody’s got to do the work, right?
With her father recently deceased, and her mother ailing, Molly’s not far off the mark. If she can’t keep their farm profitable, her mother wants her to marry Mervin Mosier to
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Laura
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
MINDING MOLLY is the third book in Ms. Gould's The Courtships of Lanncaster County series. I'm not really sure how I feel about it. Great writing. Molly is strong, opinionated, and bossy, very maternal, her Mamm says, but she gets upset when someone doesn't do exactly what she wants when she wants. Leon is a dear. He is quiet, patient, understanding, and willing to question what he doesn't understand. And there is a lot about Molly to not understand! She dated Philip but he broke up with her bec ...more
Laura
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Minding Molly is the third book in The Courtships of Lancaster County series.

I did not read the first book in the series, Courting Cate (The Courtships of Lancaster County), but I have read the second book, Adoring Addie (The Courtships of Lancaster County). I found that in this book, at times it was hard to know who was being talked about. There are many people in the book that are characters from the other books in the series. It would have been easier to read these books all together rather t
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Maureen Timerman
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
This is the third book in this series that I have read, and greatly enjoyed.
This is Molly Zooks story, who has recently lost her Dad. She is now trying to save their home and farm. Her Mom has a solution, she has picked out a husband for Molly, and he has some land that will help. Yeah right, but Molly has always obeyed her parents, this is asking a lot. As she tries to find a plan to work, she meets someone who she is smitten with.
Can Molly reject the one her Mother wants for her? Or will she
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Lynne Young
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book as I have the first 2 in the series. There were a few "hold your breath" moments which made the story richer. Molly just can't seem to stop being a control freak. She has to be in charge and in control but doesn't start to realize it until a chain of events happen that make her understand what she has been doing. A lot of that is courtesy of her younger sister who is resentful of always being to what to do and when to do it. Unfortunately for Molly this control issue of hers ...more
Rhonda
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Poor Molly! Who wants to be told who to marry by their mother? and all to save the family farm after the death of her father? Molly wants to control things since she could not control the things that mattered the most in her life. I think many of us have experienced this.....I know that I certainly have problems with wanting to control and fix everything, and I am learning that it is impossible and even unhealthy.
Molly is a delightful character. She is organized and a go-getter. She reminds me
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AlegnaB †
This was boring. It went on and on and on, without anything interesting happening. 😴
Lyssa
Feb 08, 2014 rated it liked it
This book works well as a stand-alone novel; when I requested it, I didn't realize that it was part of a series, but never had any confusion or felt like there was too much back story presented. It really is its own individual story.

The story started off very strong with vivid and unique characters. I really identified with Molly in her position as the eldest child with a lot of responsibility on her shoulders who is bossy, has high standards and seems to break the mold of what it means to be fe
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AngieA
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, amish
Leslie Gould bases her stories on Shakespeare plays. The quotes in this one are from A Midsummer Night's Dream. I liked Molly, probably because she is a lot like me: organized, efficient, likes to get her own way, kinda bossy. In one section, she is in church and an elder tells the story of Mary and Martha and she relates how she always feels sorry for Martha because she is chastised by Jesus. Me too! And then this bit of wisdom comes out: "Jesus only chastised Martha after she had complained to ...more
Brittany
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review can also be found on my blog: http://www.spacebetweenthespines.com/

If you know me pretty well on Goodreads, or have followed my blog for any period of time, you can probably guess I have a weird fascination with Amish fiction. And in addition, I love retellings of all types whether they’re fairy tales or classics or what have you. So, when I came across the Courtships of Lancaster County series by Leslie Gould – which combined both these favorite genres – I knew I had a recipe for th
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Amy
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Not my favorite book in the series but it still was pretty good. Honestly it didn't end the way I thought it would but that's OK because surprises are good. I can relate to Molly in a lot of ways because I tend to be start of a take charge person myself.
Tammy Rusidoff
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Molly learns that you don't have to be in charge of everything at all times.
Carmen
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish
I really didn't get the connection between the MCs. Too much character drama between everyone and the romance was pushed aside then glossed over in the last 4 pages of the book
Tonya Cherry
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good series

True love is never easy. This was a very good book...love the series, and Author. On to the next one.
Debbie Roberts
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read!

Continuing on, with The Courtships of Lancaster
County series. Enjoying all the books in this series. Interesting storylines, well worth the read.
Kristin
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have loved every single book that I’ve read in the The Courtships of Lancaster County series so far!

I have to admit that this one was the one I have been looking forward to the most.

The books in this series are adaptations of Shakespeare plays into an Amish setting and this particular book is a retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream—which just happened to be my favorite Shakespeare play.

The cover is also the nicest out of the series so far, I think. The cover model is exactly how I pictured
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Jeanie
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Minding Molly is the third book in Leslie Gould’s ‘The Courtships of Lancaster County’ series. This novel is complete in itself; one does not need to read the first two books before this one. As the earlier two books in the series, Leslie Gould adds the unique element of retelling Shakespeare’s plays through the characters in Lancaster County.
Molly has a take-charge personality that sees what needs to be done on the family farm and either does it or delegates it. She has a habit of doing that i
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Jalynn Patterson
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Capable and optimistic Molly Zook has a slight issue with control: She doesn't like giving it up. So she's chafing against her mother's wish that, to save the family farm, she marry Mervin Mosier--especially after she meets Leon Fisher. He's from Montana but is working in Molly's district, training horses at a nearby ranch. He is tall and muscular, with a confident demeanor. Molly has never met anyone like him, and he seems to feel the same about her.

Determined to let nothing ge
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Rambling Readers
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
"Minding Molly" is the third novel in Leslie Gould's Amish series "The Courtships of Lancaster County." Each book is based on one of Shakespeare's classics, and Gould's latest release takes its inspiration from "A Midsummer Night's Dream." I have enjoyed the previous two books in this series and Gould's portrayal of the Amish. Unfortunately, I never made a connection to the characters or the plot of this novel. Molly Zook's bossiness and controlling attitude kept me at arm's length throughout mo ...more
ASC Book Reviews
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
A nice rendition. Leslie definitely captures the, he loves her, who loves him, who loves her, who loves him aspect of A Midsummer Nights Dream! I was interested in how Leslie was going to do this without the fairies, since they play such a big role in Shakespeare's play, and I LOVE how she did it! I don't want to give it away though so that's all I'll say on that. ;) I loved that Molly's family owns a flower farm and her farmers market. Mentioned in nearly every description is something pertaini ...more
Nancee
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Nancee by: quiltcat26@sbcglobal.net
Molly is a planner, an organizer down to the finest detail. Her family and friends have always relied on her to have events planned well in advance so that everything falls into place. Just 2 months prior her Dat died of a sudden heart attack, and life has become one big concern. Her mamm relies on her heavily since their loss, and her mamm's recent confusion has Molly worried. With their Amish flower farm in jeopardy Molly considers plans to keep them afloat, devastated that they could potentia ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“Capable and optimistic Molly Zook has a slight issue with control: She doesn't like giving it up. So she's chafing against her mother's wish that, to save the family farm, she marry Mervin Mosier--especially after she meets Leon Fisher. He's from Montana but is working in Molly's district, training horses at a nearby ranch. He is tall and muscular, with a confident demeanor. Molly has never met anyone like him, and he seems to feel the same about her.
Determined to let nothing
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Maria
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Minding Molly by Leslie Gould is the third book in the The Courtships of Lancaster County and is based on Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream. All the books in this series can be read as stand alone novels. One of my favorite things about this series is the author's different personality types for the main characters. I find it very refreshing and unique. On the other hand, one of the things I don't like in this series is how the characters never get to fully explain things to their si ...more
Abbie
3.5 Stars

Molly and her family are still grieving the death of her father. With the economy not what it was her families flower nursery is not doing as well. Molly’s mom wants her to marry the neighbor Mervin to keep it going. The problem is she does not love him and her best friend has her eyes on him. To top it off she meets Leon who is working at her best friends family horse farm. Can Molly mind her family and find true love at the same time?

This is the third book in the series. I have not r
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Elsie
Feb 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review
This was not my favorite Amish novel of all time. I found the main character of Molly fairly unlikable throughout most of the novel. She is extremely controlling to the point of being off-putting. I tried to keep in mind that she had just suffered some heart-breaking life events (her father had died, her mother was having scary health issues and she had some boyfriend issues), but she was still so annoying.

This novel is set in present day and is told from the POV of Molly. It is the 3rd book in
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Leslie Gould is the #1 bestselling and Christy Award-winning author of thirty novels. She received her MFA from Portland State University and teaches writing at Warner Pacific University. Leslie enjoys traveling, hiking, and history. She and her husband, Peter, are the revolving-door parents of four children and two cats. Visit her at http://www.lesliegould.com/.

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The Courtships of Lancaster County (4 books)
  • Courting Cate (The Courtships of Lancaster County, #1)
  • Adoring Addie (The Courtships of Lancaster County, #2)
  • Becoming Bea (The Courtships of Lancaster County, #4)
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