Monday, March 30, 2015

Courting Emily

GIVEAWAY

LILLARD, AMY
COURTING EMILY

Return to Wells Landing, the close-knit Amish community in Oklahoma, where a hopeful young woman struggles to find true love while staying true to her faith. . .

Emily Ebersol is the bishop's daughter, and everyone--including Emily--assumes she'll marry a faithful Amish man and live out her days within the community. But her childhood sweetheart, Luke Lambright, fell in love with racing cars during his rumspringa and decided to leave Wells Landing. Emily prays for his return, but as the months go by, she begins spending time with another young man--a man who may not be as exciting as Luke, but perhaps he's exactly what she needs. . .

Elam Rhiel knows that Emily has always been in love with Luke--but he is certain he could be the loyal, steady husband Emily deserves. Then, just as Emily begins to fall for him, Luke returns and complicates her feelings. Now, they all must learn that the greatest love requires the greatest sacrifice. . .

My Review:

A lovely read that is pure romance from beginning to end. That doesn't mean it's easy. In fact, this love story is angst-riddled. But it is a tale that focuses on love. Elam's is unrequited, Emily's is misplaced and Luke has taken it for granted. So many scenes made me squirm as my romance loving heart agonized over how they'd work things out. I was held captive even though I got to a point where I just didn't want to read any more because I could clearly see how devastating it was going to get before things finally turned around. Talk about nail-biting and tummy-churning! Of course, I loved every minute of it, and magnanimously forgave the author any discomfort once I reached the end. :-)

Side note: Not sure what I think about this cover. Emily looks more like a pioneer girl than an Amish one. Funny how book cover first impressions affect me. I actually hesitated reading Courting Emily because that image didn't jive with what I have come to expect from an Amish heroine (speaking to the prayer kapp in particular.) Anyway, just goes to show that you can't judge a book by it's cover because this is a story I wouldn't wanted to have missed out on.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Courting Emily please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 5 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

24 comments:

  1. KAV, what an awesome review! Please count me in on the giveaway and thank you! When I first saw the cover on FB I was put off by it as well. Ms. Lillard's covers have always been so perfect. Not only the prayer cap, but aren't there ruffles around the sleeves as well? I'm on my Kindle, so can't see the details that well. And usually the aprons are black and come all the way up not tied around the waist. But since your review was so outstanding, I would love to read it anyway!

    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one, Diana. And yes, there are ruffles at the sleeve and I wondered about the half apron though I google imaged Amish women and did see some with half aprons so that might be a district variation. And there were some wider brimmed kapps but not made of softer fabric and not all gathered like that. This isn't a Christian publisher -- it's Kensington -- so I don't know if that makes a difference? Do they just not care about doing the research? Or do they think their readership won't notice or care? Ahem...sorry...but I'd forgotten about the ruffles and that got me going again. LOL Good luck!

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    2. Lol! I'm with you on the ruffles. They do have variations in the districts, but somehow I don't think ruffles are one of them. ;)

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  2. This book sounds very good!
    I'm a little ashamed to admit it now... I didn't noticed the things you did about the cover... I just thought it was beautiful...

    Well I guess I'll have to read more Amish books to be able to spot those inconsistencies next time :P

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. LOL -- I think I've been reading Amish too long. Good luck, Samantha.

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  3. Hi Kav, I agree that the cover doesn't match what many of us have come to expect for an Amish Fiction book cover. I may may have passed on the book if it wasn't for your review.

    Please add my name to your "hat".

    dandtdearing {at} earthlink {dot} net

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    1. Your name is added to the hat, Tammi. An appropriate broad brimmed Amish man's hat in fitting with today's theme. LOL Good luck.

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  4. Great review! I love reading Amish fiction. I have the first book in this series, Caroline's Secret, in my TBR pile somewhere. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of Courting Emily.

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    1. Thanks, Karen. You get a glimpse of Caroline in this book too, but it totally reads well as a standalone. Good luck.

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  5. I loved the review! Thank you, Kav!

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    1. Forgot to leave my email just in case....

      mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  6. I love a little angst in my romance books=)

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Then you'll love this one. I about had a heart attack a time or two. Good luck, Patty.

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  7. I saw this cover on Goodreads yesterday. Love it!

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  8. I do enjoy reading Amish... thanks for the giveaway!
    dkstevensneAToutlook dOtCo M

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    1. You're welcome, Deanna. Good luck.

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  9. I live in a pretend life, even as a kid I didn't mind mowing our giant pasture as I could to my other world, from the book reading I did. I'm now 55, a missionary to Central America, and still reading! Your review gave me enough info to also start wondering about this triangle... do I root for the underdog or the bad guy? Would love to read this.

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    1. Love that you're a life long reader, Melody. Good luck.

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  10. Thanks for the interesting review kav. I just figured this was a different group of Amish. I know they have their own ways to dress. Your eyes are better than mine. I couldn't see the ruffles. I have the first book and would love to win this one. Thanks for a chance. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. I think it helps to have the book in hand in order to see those details, Maxie. Good luck!

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  11. Our church library readers love books about the Amish. I'm looking forward to reading Amy's book, "Courting Emily".
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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