Great Amish story with a twist of Shakespeare
Gosh, Minding Molly was almost a little scary. Scary because Molly reminded me much of myself with her desire to control and her frustration with the people that won't listen. OK, so I am not as organized as Molly is, chore charts? Nope, nuh uh.
Until Minding Molly I had only read the Amish stories that Leslie Gould co-wrote. I'm really glad I picked up this book and I think I'm going to try and read the previous books in the series. And also you never know, I just might read a little Shakespeare, part of the inspiration for this book, too.
You know, I was a little surprised by this book. One thing you don't see very often in Amish stories is depression and/or mental health issues. I liked how Leslie Gould handled it with honesty and sensitivity.
This was a great Amish coming of age story. Molly is already a responsible girl but she has a lot of growing up to do and with the help of family, friends, a fella from Montana, and a horse, she does just that.
(I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through The Book Club Network for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)
Minding Molly is the third book in the Courtships of Lancaster County series. Each book is based on a different Shakespeare play, and this time it's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Molly needs to control everything around her, and her need for control grows as circumstances in her world become less stable. Molly discovers that stability is different from control. She may be Amish, but she's not so different from many of us who try to control our own little worlds. Molly's need for control appears to be passed down from her mother, who meddles where she shouldn't. A disastrous camping trip had me giggling at some of the antics among the group. It was neat to see more of Cate and Pete from the first book in this story, as well. We learn along with Molly as she tries to trust God more and control less. I wondered all the way to the end of the book how things would turn out for Molly. I'm looking forward to the next book!