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Amish Sweethearts

(Neighbors of Lancaster County #2)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  344 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Can These Two Friends from Opposite Worlds Find Love?

They've been best friends for years, but as high school ends, Zane Beck can't help but look at his Amish neighbor, Lila Lehman, with different eyes. Her controlling father sees only one future for Lila, though, and arranges for her to be courted by an upstanding young Amish man. When Zane sees the two together, his plan
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Bethany House Publishers
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Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
AMISH SWEETHEARTS is the second book in Ms. Gould's Neighbor's of Lancaster County series. Fans will want to read the first book, Amish Promises, since this series does not stand alone.

I wanted to like AMISH SWEETHEARTS better than I did. I looked forward to reading Zane's and Lila's story. Zane grew up to be a wonderful young man, kind, considerate, and serving the country, like his dad and his dad's best friend, Charlie. He did end up second guessing his decision, but I'm sure that is normal
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In the second book in the Neighbors of Lancaster County the stories of the Lehmans and the Becks continue as their children have matured. As children Zane and Lila played together and shared their dreams. All that changed when Lila's father arranged for her to court an Amish man from her community. Zane couldn't watch Lila with Reuben, and made an impulsive decision to join the Army rather than seeing his beautiful friend courted by another.

Amish Sweethearts is a powerful story of relationships
Gail Hollingsworth
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Zane Beck and Lila Lehman have been neighbors for years, practically growing up together. They have played together along with Lila's brothers and sisters, being best friends to each other. The big problem being grown now is Lila is Amish and Zane is English. They are realizing their feelings for each other have changed but won't admit it to each other. Lila's father is pushing her to court and marry the bishop's son. She is pushing Zane away, so much so that he joins the army. Then he is deploy ...more
You need more than feelings to fuel a good marriage. You need a love that is steadfast, faithful, and strong.

If you have never read an Amish novel, I would encourage to pick up on this series of Lancaster County. As a Christian and a human being, these novels demonstrate commitment. Choosing the good thing to be committed to is a struggle but the rewards of living a life of commitment is eternal. Amish Sweethearts is a clash of three worlds. Neighbors Zane Beck and his English family and Lila L
Reet Champion
They gave up on each other sometime ago. Or so they had convinced themselves. When Zane Beck returns to sleepy Lancaster County he encounters his old, Amish sweetheart, Lila Lehman. And it's obvious nether one ever quite let go of the other. But they come from two different worlds and Zane has since joined the military. Anything that may at one time had been a possibility is now out of the question. And Lila's quiet and steady beau is getting impatient for her to say "yes" to his proposals. When ...more
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I do not read very many Amish books. This was a free read from Bethany Books for review, but I did enjoy the story. It was a Book Two, but stood alone well. I do wish I had read the beginning of the friendship between Zane, a Mennonite neighbor, of Lila Lehman. Seems they played together and met frequently at a special fort during their late child years and teen years. When they got towards adulthood, they didn't know for sure how to process their relationship, being from two different church ba ...more
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amish Sweethearts ( Neighbors of Lancaster County - Book 2 )
By: Leslie Gould

Amish Sweethearts is book two in Lancaster County, but I would say you could read it as a stand-a-lone . Reading book one would let you get better acquainted with the characters. The story and the characters both were easy to follow. I just want to say WOW, what a wonderful romance story Leslie Gould has weaved us. She had me hooked right from the start and did not let go till the end. Be prepared when you start reading
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-challenge
If you haven’t read the first book then go read it. Amish Sweethearts continues the story with Zane and Lila grown up. I knew the premiss but wasn’t expecting some of the twists and turns it took….that and at times I thought both Lila and Zane were being pains. It was a great mix of life with the Amish and peaks at life in Afghanistan…you wouldn’t think an Amish book could mesh right with parts of it being in Afghanistan but it really worked. I loved this book, and I’m so excited for the next on ...more
Maggie Boyd
Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it
This novel underwhelmed me with its love story. I'm not a fan of the friends to lovers trope and especially not a fan when I can't understand why the characters went that route. You can see my full review at
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is book #2 in Neighbors of Lancaster County. Another great read by Leslie Gould! Can't wait to read #3.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This is another good book written by Leslie Gould. The Amish people try to live simply, yet life can be complex at times for them. The love between Lila and Zane is truly special and complex in its own way. It started off as a typical childhood friendship and only grew stronger as the years went by.

Zane joins the military--not something that the Amish approve of as this culture is generally known for being pacifists. I imagine that it would be hard to navigate the societal norms of Amish life w
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish
Amish Sweethearts is the second book in the Neighbors of Lancaster County series. It focuses on the Beck and Lehman families. The Beck's are Englisch and the Lehman's are Amish. This book continues the story that began in Amish Promises. The setting is six years later and Zane and Lila are now young adults.

They both have deep feelings for each other but find the barriers between their two worlds insurmountable. In an act of defiance and an easy way to move on Zane joins the Army and Lila become
Stacy M. Patton
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish-fiction
3.5 stars. Amish Sweethearts is the second book in the Neighbor of Lancaster County series. You do need to read this series in order as they are not stand alone novels really. The first book featured Shani and Joel and their elementary son Zane. I enjoyed the first book immensely and even though this second book was good, it felt more like a young adult book to me. That is because this second book follows the son Zane all grown up. He rushingly joins the military at 18 because he is trying to ge ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The people involved in this story certainly were patient. I would have given five stars but the story lagged on some. It was , for the most part, very interesting. I would recommend it if you love the Amish stories and life as I do.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Simply amazing. Leslie will keep you on the edge of your seats wondering how things turn out for 2 of the characters. This series is a definite must read. Highly recommend
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Loved this book! Five stars! This is the best book I have read by Leslie Gould thus far!
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting people involved in this story, who certainly were patient.

I would have given the book 5 stars because the story lagged on some. For the most part, very interesting read.

Laura Huheey
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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love it but ending doesn't say what Happened with Zane and lila
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book as well. I guess I say this about every book that I read.
Zane is an impulsive character. By this I mean he's jumps into things without thinking things through. I think also sometimes he's very headstrong. He doesn't want to listen to no one. He's also quiet and doesn't say much. I'm like that as well. There's nothing wrong with being quiet. I don't like a lot of drama so I keep to myself whenever I can. People like to pick on the quiet ones.
Now that he's grown things are not
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I always enjoy reading about the AmIish, taken back in time to the simpler life, simpler but harder as living without the English use if electricity, phone's, etc. is a harder life. I've read books by the author Leslie Gould, and expected a lot from this book. I did not read book one of this series, although the book stood on it's own pretty well.
Unfortunately I came down with pneumonia since reading the book and I have t
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is not your typical Amish romance book. This one steps outside of the box a little bit, and to be honest I was quite surprised by it. This book gives a little of everything, and will take you on a roller-coaster of emotions. It really has just about everything.

Lila is a young Amish girl who has lost her mother, lives with her father, and is the main caretaker of the family. Her sister Rose should be a help around the house but is more lazy than helpful. Lila takes care of the household, hel
Mackenzie Carol
Amish Sweethearts is the second book in Leslie Gould’s Neighbors of Lancaster County series, coming after Amish Promises, and is the first book I have ever read by her. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, though I was pretty excited for this story, but unfortunately I have to say I was sorely disappointed. The storyline was slow, and there just didn’t seem to be much depth in so many of the scenes, and I found myself completely bored before I was even halfway through the book. So, if I’m hon ...more
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Impossible Love


Zane and Lila grew up together, and have loved each since childhood. As neighbors, they spent their lives close in both distance, and in their hearts. Even though they have shared their deepest thoughts and interests, they have also shared the knowledge that a relationship with each other would never work. Lila is Amish, and Zane is not. He is an Englischer, as her community calls non-Amish
Halita Wilson
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Can These Two Friends from Opposite Worlds Find Love?

They've been best friends for years, but as high school ends, Zane Beck can't help but look at his Amish neighbor, Lila Lehman, with different eyes. Her controlling father sees only one future for Lila, though, and arranges for her to be courted by an upstanding young Amish man. When Zane sees the two together, his plans for the future crumble, and he impulsively enlists in the Army, following in his father's footsteps.

However, the passing of
Sara Beth
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Okay, it kills me that I don't have a glowing review for Leslie Gould's new book, Amish Sweethearts. I always look forward to being transported back to an idyllic setting where the modern world fades away as faith, farms, and friendships take the forefront. However, with this book, I was rather looking forward to the last page. It isn't that I hated it--I just didn't love it. I'm sure my Kobo Glo taking over a minute to flip a page did not help, but I truly am not holding that against the ebook ...more
Hilary Mahoney
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Amish Sweethearts is actually the third book I’ve had the opportunity to read by Leslie Gould. Click the links below to see my previous reviews.

Becoming Bea

Amish Promises

I just saw the author’s name and agreed to read it. I didn’t even realize until I started reading it that this is actually the second book in the Neighbors of Lancaster County series. So the characters I grew to love in Amish Promises a
Debi Lantzer
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Today's review is about an Amish book, Amish Sweethearts, by author, Leslie Gould. Whenever I get invited to review an Amish book, as most of you know, I turn to my mother who is the lover of anything Amish. She eagerly volunteered to read and review this book, and here's what she said:

"Amish Sweethearts is book two in the Lancaster County series, but I would say you could read it as a 'stand-a-lone', although if you read book one first, it would help you be more acquainted with the characters i
Angela Dawn
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amish Sweethearts is the sweet romantic story of Lila and Zane. The story takes place in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where Amish girl Lila grew up with her childhood friend and neighbor, Zane. Zane's family are not Amish like most of the community however they are friends with their neighbors. At a time of uncertainty of the future and as an act of rebellion, Zane enlists in the Army which takes him half a world away from his family and his best friend Lila. During this time, Lila must choose ...more
Sarah K
As usual, my five point review:

In general, this book was just okay. It wasn't great and it wasn't terrible. If we were breaking up, I'd have to say that it wasn't you, book, it's me. Once upon a time I would devour Amish fiction like none other. The premise of this book was interesting so I wanted to read it. Unfortunately, it wasn't my jam and the fact that I hadn't read the previous book in the series probably contributed to that. On that note, it was well written, and [from what I can tell] w
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Amish Sweethearts

Leslie Gould

AMISH SWEETHEARTS is book two in the Neighbors of Lancaster County series by Leslie Gould. Ms. Gould does a fabulous job of combining the Amish world with the Englisch people living nearby. This is no easy challenge as the Englisch family, The Becks, are a military family. The Amish are pacifists and do not believe in fighting.

The Becks, Shani and Joel, have a son named Zane. Lila is the Amish neighbor and Zane and Lila have been best friends since they were kids. No
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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

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