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Leslie Gould is the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 bestselling Women of Lancaster County series. She is also the author of numerous novels, including Garden of Dreams, Beyond the Blue (winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice for Best Inspirational Novel, 2006), and Scrap Everything. Her newest series is Courtships of Lancaster County. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She resides with her husband and four children in Portland, Oregon.
Favorite Bible verse: Jeremiah 29:11, NIV “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
On the Horizon!
Becoming Bea, Courtships of Lancaster County Series #4Leslie GouldBethany House / 2014 / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 31 Reviews
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Zook only wants to devote herself to God, but struggles with patience toward others. Her sister's challenge that she can't serve God if she isn't willing to serve His people finally opens her eyes and she soon finds herself helping a family overwhelmed by triplets. Much to her surprise, she has a knack with the babies, and her confidence in dealing with others, both young and old, grows.
One person she'll never be able to find peace with, though, is Ben Rupp. They've known each other forever, and Ben understands precisely how to antagonize her. What neither she nor Ben realize is that beneath all their bickering awaits an attraction neither will admit. When their friends decide to try and bring the couple together, will the pair be able to find true love? Or damage their relationship beyond repair?
Series by Leslie Gould
Minding Molly, Courtships of Lancaster County Series #3Leslie GouldBethany House / 2014 / Trade Paperback$8.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 35 Reviews
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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 get between them, Molly decides the best course of action is to get Mervin to fall back in love with her best friend, Hannah. Molly organizes a weekend camping trip hoping to bring them together, but things quickly go awry and it seems Leon and Hannah might be falling for each other instead. Will Molly keep struggling to control everyone and everything around her? Or will she learn to let God handle the twists and turns of her life?
Adoring Addie, Courtships of Lancaster County Series #2Leslie GouldBethany House / 2013 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 23 Reviews
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When Addie Cramer's mutter and daed decide Phillip Eicher is the man for her to marry, they claim she must honor them by obeying their wishes. But then she falls in love with Jonathan Mosier--part of the family with whom the Cramers have a long-held grudge.
With the help of others in her community who long to see the quarrel healed, Jonathan and Addie struggle to continue their relationship against both sets of parents' wishes. But when one of Addie's vengeful brothers harms a member of the Mosier family, Jonathan intervenes and is banished from Lancaster County.
Courting Cate, Courtships of Lancaster County Series #1Leslie GouldBethany House / 2012 / Trade Paperback$8.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 40 Reviews
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When Amish farmer Pete Treger moves to Paradise Township, Pennsylvania, he meets Cate and Betsy Miller. Both are beautiful, but older sister Cate is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her striking appearance. Betsy, on the other hand, is sweet and flirty,and seems to have attracted most of the bachelors in Lancaster County!
However, the sisters' father has made one rule: elder sister must marry first, before the younger can even start courting. Though he finds both sisters attractive, something about Cate's feisty demeanor appeals to him. Soon the other bachelors in the district convince Pete to court Cate. She hardly seems receptive to his overtures, though. Instead, she's immediately suspicious of his interest.