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. . .
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.
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