Minding Molly, Courtships of Lancaster County Series #3
Well written - just not my taste.
Did Leslie Gould accomplish what she set out to do?
Yes, I believe she did. They read very much like the plays of ShakespeareÃ¢ÂÂs that they were styled after. The characters follow suit and the story went along the same linesÃ¢ÂÂ¦ minus the extreme tragedy that typically befalls ShakespeareÃ¢ÂÂs characters in the end. DonÃ¢ÂÂt get me wrong, thereÃ¢ÂÂs plenty of tragedy filling all three.
How was the writing?
It was good. Leslie Gould is a skilled writer. YouÃ¢ÂÂd have to be to take a Shakespearean tragedy and style it into a modern day Amish story and she definitely succeeds there. ItÃ¢ÂÂs a bit difficult to get attached to some of her characters but we have to remember who theyÃ¢ÂÂre patterned after. And I have to say, I find it a little difficult to accept that boys and girls who are brought up Amish would behave in the ways some of them did but again, remember who the characters are written to behave asÃ¢ÂÂ¦
Now the really tough questionÃ¢ÂÂ¦
Did I enjoy the book?
No, I really didnÃ¢ÂÂt. When I think back to it, in high school I didnÃ¢ÂÂt really enjoy the work of Shakespeare so much as I enjoyed the positive attention I received from my classmates because I understood his work.
Will I give Leslie GouldÃ¢ÂÂs work another chance?
Yes. Especially if she writes a typical Amish novel Ã¢ÂÂ I definitely would.
I suppose the point is that I am not the person I was twenty years ago. IÃ¢ÂÂm not even the same person I was five years ago so my taste in literature has changed dramatically and I tend to steer clear of a lot of what is Ã¢ÂÂpopularÃ¢ÂÂ. That would probably include these books and any others in the series that comes along.
However, I enjoyed her collaboration with Mindy Starns Clark on The Women of Lancaster County series so IÃ¢ÂÂm not writing her off at all.
Is this the book/series for you?
ThatÃ¢ÂÂs a question you have to answer for yourself. Check out the synopsis below, read some other reviews, see if your local library has it to borrow. And, if you just LOVE Shakespeare, IÃ¢ÂÂd say yes, it is the book/series for you so you should give it a try. And I always say you should start at the beginning so start with Courting Cate and go from there to Adoring Addie and then finish up with Minding Molly.
DISCLAIMER: I received this book free in exchange for an Honest review.
March 5, 2014
Another fun addition to a great series!
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 NightÃ¢ÂÂs Dream. Looking ahead, the next book in the series is titled Becoming Bea and is based on Much Ado About Nothing. I have to say that it will be an interesting read for me, because I was definitely not fond of Bea in Minding Molly. However, we see her through MollyÃ¢ÂÂs eyes in this book. I have a feeling that Bea sees the world very differently than Molly does.
Minding Molly follows a similar path as the previous two books in the series, in that the heroine has troubled relationships and misunderstandings that pop up between family members and friends. She must learn a lesson about trusting in God and not relying on herself to solve her problems. I really felt for Molly and felt that she was getting a raw deal throughout most of the book, especially the way that she was treated by her best friend, Hannah, and by her sister, Bea. I found it admirable that most issues were resolved by the end of the book in a satisfactory way.
There is a sweet love story running throughout the book. For about half of the book, I did not know which man Molly should end up with. It became clearer after the midway point, however, I was very unsure about how the author was going to tie everything up. But she did and all of my questions were answered.
I was frustrated with the way Molly was treated in most of the book, however, it was one of those situations where I just couldnÃ¢ÂÂt stop reading because I had to know how it was going to turn out! I recommend this whole series to fans of Amish fiction. This book can stand alone, but the experience is much fuller after reading the first two books in the series. And the covers on these books are some of my favorites!
I received a complimentary copy of Minding Molly from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
March 4, 2014
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 pertaining to God's creations be it flowers, trees, or birds. I LOVE how Leslie has come up with characters and stories that have grown and stand on their own feet even as she weaves Shakespeare's base throughout. By bringing back loved characters from the previous books; Cate, Bob, Nan, Betsy, Mervin and Martin, as well as Addie, Nel, and Hannah etc. all come back into this latest book to wrap the whole series together and make it unique. The way Leslie writes in the first person really makes me get the emotions of the characters and scenes all the more. I could feel the frustration and sadness of Molly's predicament and mourning. There where times when I didn't want Molly to end up with the man she marries in the end, but as the book went on I was happy with who ended up with whom all the way around! :) I really love the additions (such as the scene when they all follow each other into the woods) and exclusions (such as the lack of fairies and turning someone into a donkey!) from Midsummer Nights Dream in Minding Molly. Again I think I like Leslie's Amish rendition more than Shakespeare's original work. I also love the spiritual messages and lessons. As the title suggests Molly is a bit of a control freak! LOL! And I will admit that I myself have some of these issues. So I really loved the message of letting go and letting God. There are some sad moments that I wish were different in the end, but after being introduced with the next two character's, Bea and Ben, I can't wait to read Becoming Bea and I hope that it will bring joy from the sadness in Minding Molly's end concerning certain characters! :) Overall this is another great read from Leslie filled with great scenes, mixed with humor, and held up by love and Faith!
Songs: "In The Garden" by Alan Jackson, "I'm Letting Go" by Francesca Battistelli, and "Steady My Heart" by Kari Jobe
Songs may change in the future.
*I received this book from Bethany House because I was interested in reading and review it. This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Minding Molly. ~ASC
March 1, 2014
Another winner by Leslie Gould!
Another winner by Leslie Gould! As a veteran reader, I can often anticipate the plot of a book, but not so with Minding Molly. It is the story of a young woman dealing with grief and family responsibilities in the midst of several discoveries. She experiences romantic love for the first time and explores facets of her own personality and how to love herself. For a woman who likes to be in control, she learns just how out of control her life really is. In her attempts to steer her life, she alienates members of her own family, her best friend, and the man she loves. As she learns to hand over the reins of her life to God, she begins to see the plans He has for her.
February 22, 2014