Minding Molly by Leslie Gould
Publisher: Bethany House
Series: The Courtships of Lancaster County(Book 3)
Goodreads Summery: 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?
Molly and her family are still grieving the death of her father. With the economy not what it was her families flower nursery is not doing as well. Molly’s mom wants her to marry the neighbor Mervin to keep it going. The problem is she does not love him and her best friend has her eyes on him. To top it off she meets Leon who is working at her best friends family horse farm. Can Molly mind her family and find true love at the same time?
This is the third book in the series. I have not read any of the books before it and it can easily be read without reading the other books.
What I liked: I liked the characters of this book. Molly felt the pressure of keeping the farm going with her father gone and her mother possibly having health issues as well. The author did a good job of making what she was going through feel real. I was rooting for her to find love and save her farm. She tried to control and plan everything but it was her way of coping. I actually felt for her because everyone was being so hard on her at times.
What I did not like: Anyone who reads my reviews have heard me complain about this before. I really don’t like books where there is only one first person character. This book had me frustrated because Leon was a love interest but without his point of view this book felt flat and one sided when it came to the romance. It was well written and had it had Leon telling his story alone with Molly this would have been close to a 5 star book for me. I know it’s just another writing style but one I just don’t like. I also felt Mervin acted more like a 12-year-old then a young man. One minute he is in love with one girl and boom the next another. The plot about the farm and the emotions Molly felt about that and her family were good but the romance side of this story was weak.
Overall the book was okay. It just needed more first person characters. Had Leon been telling the story as well I would have really liked this book. If you like singular first person stories this is a good read and I still recommend it.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
This book releases February 4th 2014 on ebook and is available now in paperback at Amazon.