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Publication Order of The Women of Lancaster County Books

with Mindy Starns Clark
The Amish Midwife (With: Mindy Starns Clark) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Amish Nanny (With: Mindy Starns Clark) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Amish Bride (With: Mindy Starns Clark) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Amish Seamstress (With: Mindy Starns Clark) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Amish Quilter (With: Mindy Starns Clark) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Courtships of Lancaster County Books

Publication Order of Neighbors of Lancaster County Books

Amish Promises (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amish Sweethearts (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amish Weddings (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Cousins of the Dove Books

with Mindy Starns Clark
My Brother's Crown (With: Mindy Starns Clark) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Sister's Prayer (With: Mindy Starns Clark) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Daughter's Legacy (With: Mindy Starns Clark) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Sisters of Lancaster County Books

A Plain Leaving (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Simple Singing (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Faithful Gathering (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Amish Memories Books

A Brighter Dawn (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
This Passing Hour (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
By Evening's Light (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Plain Patterns Books

Piecing It All Together (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Patchwork Past (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Threads of Hope (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Garden of Dreams (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond the Blue (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scrap Everything (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Home To Heather Creek Books

Before the Dawn (By: Kathleen Bauer) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sweet September (By: Kathleen Bauer) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Circle of Grace (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Homespun Harvest (By: Robert Elmer) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Patchwork Christmas (By: Kristin Eckhardt) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Abundance of Blessings (By: Carolyne Aarsen) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Sunrise (By: Tricia Goyer) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Promise of Spring (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
April's Hope (By: Robert Elmer) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seeds of Faith (By: Kristin Eckhardt) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
On the Right Path (By: Diann Hunt) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sunflower Serenade (By: Tricia Goyer) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Second Chances (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prayers and Promises (By: Robert Elmer) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Giving Thanks (By: Kristin Eckhardt) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Holiday Homecoming (By: Carolyne Aarsen) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Family Matters (By: Diann Hunt) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
All Things Hidden (By: Tricia Goyer) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
To Love and Cherish (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Time to Grow (By: Robert Elmer) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sentimental Journey (By: Kristin Eckhardt) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Helping Hands (By: Carolyne Aarsen) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Growing Pains (By: Diann Hunt) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
In God's Hands (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Miracles Of Marble Cove Books

The View From the Lighthouse (By: Melody Carlson) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Finding Grace (By: Anne Marie Rodgers) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seaside Summer (By: Pam Hanson,Barbara Andrews) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beacon's Call (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Autumn Light (By: Dan Walsh) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Still Waters (By: Melody Carlson) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Midnight Clear (By: Patti Berg) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unexpected Treasures (By: Melody Carlson) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winds of Change (By: Pam Hanson,Barbara Andrews) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Horizons (By: Anne Marie Rodgers) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Setting Course (By: Susan Page Davis) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pressing On (By: Camy Tang) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Family Heirlooms (By: Pam Hanson,Barbara Andrews) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hopes and Dreams (By: Susan Page Davis) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ringing True (By: Patti Berg) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Steps of Faith (By: Camy Tang) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Home for Christmas (By: Anne Marie Rodgers) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
All Things New (By: Pam Hanson,Barbara Andrews) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Friends and Family (By: Susan Page Davis) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tracks and Ties (By: Camy Tang) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
With Grateful Hearts (By: Sunni Jeffers) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Coast to Coast (By: Sunni Jeffers) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time to Remember (By: Anne Marie Rodgers) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shining Forth (By: Anne Marie Rodgers) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Tearoom Mysteries Books

Tearoom for Two (By: Susan Page Davis) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
To a Tea (By: Vera Dodge) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
O Christmas Tea (By: Amy Woods,Kristin Eckhardt) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tea Will Tell (By: Elizabeth Ludwig) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Steeped in Secrets (By: Susan Page Davis) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tearoom in a Tempest (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trouble Brewing (By: Susan Page Davis) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tea is for Treasure (By: Kristin Eckhardt) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beneath the Surface (By: Susan Page Davis) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Turning the Tables (By: Anne Marie Rogers) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Do You See What I See? (By: Vera Dodge) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Cup of Grace (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tea and Promises (By: Susan Page Davis) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Bitter Brew (By: Elizabeth Ludwig) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Mysteries Of Lancaster County Books

Anothers Treasure (By: Nancy Mehl) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ties That Bind (By: Janice Thompson) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Garage Sale Secret (By: Elizabeth Ludwig) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Unbroken Circle (By: Tricia Goyer) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mixed Signals (By: Beth Adams) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stamp of Approval (By: Anne Marie Rodgers) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Plain Beauty (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ties That Bind (By: Janice Thompson) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seek & Ye Shall Find (By: DeAnna Julie Dodson) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lights, Camera, Christmas (By: Kathleen Y'Barbo) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summer Harvest Secrets (By: Janice Thompson) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Slowly Developing Story (By: Nancy Mehl,Shaen Layle) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pride and Pettiness (By: Elizabeth Ludwig) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
By Any Other Name (By: Beth Adams) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beg, Borrow or Steal (By: Anne Marie Rodgers) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lilacs, Lavender, and Lies (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Collateral Damage (By: DeAnna Julie Dodson) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Arson, Plain and Simple (By: Kathleen Y'Barbo) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Birds Eye View (By: Nancy Mehl) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dairy Disaster (By: Elizabeth Ludwig) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Not Her Type (By: Beth Adams) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christmas Derailed (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Handcrafted Secrets (By: Janice Thompson) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Plain Sight (By: DeAnna Julie Dodson) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Missing Memory (By: Kathleen Y'Barbo) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Secondhand Chances (By: Shaen Layle) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Miracles & Mysteries of Mercy Hospital Books

'Twas the Clue Before Christmas - Book 19 - Miracles & Mysteries of Mercy Hospital (By: Tia McCollors) (0)Description / Buy at Amazon
Broken Bonds (By: DeAnna Julie Dodson) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mercy’s Healing (By: Elizabeth Ludwig) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where Mercy Begins (By: Kathleen Y'Barbo) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prescription for Mystery (By: Ruth Logan Herne) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Angels Watching Over Me (By: Gabrielle Meyer) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Change of Art (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Conscious Decisions (By: Beth Adams) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Surrounded by Mercy (By: Elizabeth Penney) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
'Twas the Clue Before Christmas (By: Tia McCollors) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Hard Pill to Swallow (By: Elizabeth Ludwig) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
To Heal a Heart (By: Shaen Layle) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Cross to Bear (By: Tia McCollors) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Merciful Secrecy (By: Ruth Logan Herne) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sunken Hopes (By: Gabrielle Meyer) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pain Relief - Beth Adams (By: Beth Adams) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Redeemed By Mercy (By: Elizabeth Penney) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Genius Solution (By: DeAnna Julie Dodson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ill at Ease (By: Janice Thompson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

An Amish Christmas Kitchen(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Author Leslie Gould realized in the sixth grade that she wanted to become a writer. However, she worked other jobs (a magazine editor, a museum curator, and a public relations specialist) and majoring in history and communications before starting her writing career. It took her ten years to get her first novel published. By this time, she had been married twenty years with four kids. She has written over twenty novels that are either contemporary fiction or Amish fiction; this includes the five books (the four “Women of Lancaster County” books and the “Cousins of the Dove” series) that she has co-authored with fellow author Mindy S. Clark.

She remembers how stories connect her with her family and friends; either her dad would read ” A Street of Flower Boxes” to her before bed, or how her mother would read “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” to her on family trips, or how they would play “Island of the Blue Dolphin” with family and friends. She also enjoyed Bible stories and tales of redemption and grace while at Sunday school. Her love of stories and writing started at this early time in her life.

“Amish Promises” is the first book in the “Neighbors of Lancaster” series. This is a series features blending of two (or more) cultures; Amish, Mennonite, and English can be found in at least one book. The series shows that even though people come from different religious backgrounds or beliefs, they can come together and still get along just fine. In this book, it is the Beck’s who are English and the Lehman’s are Amish. Joel Beck has just got back from Iraq, which makes his wife, Shani, happy. Now, they just want to move into their new home and have some peace in their lives. Joel needs time to heal, the quiet county of Lacaster seems like the perfect place. Things get off to a rocky start with their neighbors, the Lehman’s, when the Beck’s son injures one of their sons. Eve Lehman runs her brother’s household and takes care of his five kids ever since Tim’s wife died, he’s a stern man and rules his house with an iron fist. Even though he’s told her not to, she likes the new neighbor, Shani, and they develop a really good friendship that is based on family and faith. Eve meets a man named Charlie, who is a friend of Joel’s when he was in the army, who is different from all the other men she has ever met.

The book has 86 five star reviews on Amazon and 98 five star reviews on Goodreads. Fans of the book said that this was a great start to the series, they found the book to be unputdownable and something that kept them reading til the early morning hours. Fans liked that Eve and Charlie were easy to connect with, and found Tim to be a character who got more likable as the book went on, They also liked the way the kids were all able to get along with each other. Readers enjoyed this book so much that they wanted to read future installments in the series. Some really liked the idea that people of different religious beliefs can get along with not a lot of problems.

Some readers that did not like the book found it to be boring, and it felt almost like they were missing something, due to little background on some of the characters. Some of the events in the book seem to feature too much information and it takes away from the event. Some readers felt confused while reading the book due to the way that Gould changes perspective and they also did not like how slow it is. They thought that the readers will spend most of their time with unhappy people. Some found the dialogue to be weak and not very realistic. Some felt that they had to force themselves to keep reading and that a lot of background information was missing.

The second book in the “Neighbors of Lancaster” series, is called “Amish Sweethearts”. Two best friends, Zane Beck and his neighbor, Lila Lehman have been friends for a long time, but Zane has started to develop feelings of a different nature for her. Her dad, sees things differently and wants her to date an Amish man from an upstanding family man that he has set her up with. Zane does not like seeing them together and enlists in the army. The years go by, but the way the two feel about each other does not. Zane is sent to Afghanistan, making Zane have to kill people. He questions if he can do this and whether or not he can keep serving in the army. Lila prepares to marry someone else while he is away. It does not look like these two, two people who have deep feelings for one another will ever be together.

The book has 20 five star reviews on Amazon and 15 five star reviews on Goodreads. Fans of this book like the way it was written, how engaging it is, and how easy it is. Readers also liked that the book can be read like it is a stand alone novel and does not require readers to read the first book. Fans liked that the book did not contain too much religious stuff and was not too sappy in its romance. Readers love the way she has her characters feel real emotions, endearing the characters to the readers.

Readers did not like the way Zane and Lila are said to be attached to one another; the two do not spend that much time together, and the time they spend is strained, without much romantic interaction at all. It seems to be all very stated that they are into each other by their thoughts, but not in the way they act toward one another. Some readers thought that the book was simply a bunch of words on a page with nothing coming to life for them.

Her writing has won her some awards. She won the Christy Award for “The Amish Midwife”, Oregon Christian Writer’s Trailblazer Award, the Romantic Times Book Club Magaizine’s Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Inspirational Novel (“Beyond the Blue”), and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award (“The Amish Bride”).

Award winning author Leslie Gould lives in Portland, Oregon. She is a passionate author who has a family, a loving husband with whom she has four children. She has three siblings. She has worked at various places including Swedenburg House Museum in Oregon as a curator, she has worked at the Port of Portland as a communication specialist and to add a feather to her illustrious cap by worked in public relations at the Northwest Bridal Magazine. Apart from writing, she also has a hand in teaching. She teaches writing at the Warner Pacific College and she received an MFA from the Portland State University. In consistency with her writing skills, she has written several articles for various publications. She is a bestselling author and a Christy Award winning author having written 22 novels. Her hobbies are travelling, hiking and camping. She enjoys soccer and backpacking. Leslie Gould admits that she decided to get into writing out of desperation. This desperation was triggered by the fact that her husband of 20 years, Peter, was in Germany with the Army during Desert Storm, a military engagement, a potentially dangerous situation though he was working in the medical unit. She wanted to venture into fiction writing when she was in school but it was not until ten years later that she sold her first novel. She has said numerous times that her aim for writing is to make sure that God’s love, redemption and beauty is reflected. Her writing is motivated by her love for God, family and friends. And she hopes that her novels have the same effect on her readers.

Award winning author

Her first novel is titled Garden of Dreams and this paved the way for following 22 novels which she has written. Her dedication to writing has not gone unnoticed. She has won multiple awards including the Romantic Book Club Magazine’s Reviewers choice Award, the Christy Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards and the Oregon Christian Writer’s Award. These awards were won in 2006, 2012 and 2013 respectively. The books that won her awards include the Amish Midwife, Beyond the Blue and the Amish Bride. Some of the influences that she had before she embarked on writing were religious stories.

Garden of Dreams

Her first book Garden of Dreams published in 2003. The book is 322 pages and published by Waterbrook Press. It is a story of friendship in times of tragedy. The two main characters in the book are Jill and Caye. Jill is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a disease that has put her father, aunt and grandfather down. Caye helps out her friend with work and her children as the weight of the terminal illness wears her down. Other characters in the book include members of Jill’s home fellowship who do their part by praying for her and her Mother Marion who is holding a secret about Jill’s family. There is also Joya who is the leader of the home fellowship believers. The book has been described as emotionally gripping. The book has been set in Oregon. It is a novel which shows how even the best of friendships can be really tested. It is a revelation of faith and love in times of uncertainty.

When she began writing her first novel, her husband had returned from Vietnam having adopted their youngest daughter, working part time for the magazine. She had such a passion that she would write during soccer practice for her kids while watching them play and she would do so when she had taken her children for medical checkups. She was fitting in as much time as she could between writing for the magazine to doing her own novel.

Beyond the Blue

Beyond the Blue is another of Leslie Gould’s gems. The fictive novel that has been set in 1975. It goes by the tagline, Two Worlds, Two Women, One Love.’ The plot involves two women, an American called Genevieve and a Vietnamese, Lan. Their stories are intertwined, in that, they both suffer losses of family, Genevieve loses her mother in a plane crash and Lan is kicked out of her family home by her brother. Their lives of womanhood take different directions as Lan growing up in the aftermath of post-war Vietnam wishes to have a better life with her children and Genevieve wants to adopt a child from Vietnam because of infertility. Their paths converge eventually. The book is about loss, hard choices and transformation caused by God’s love. The book has 368 compelling pages and it is available in English. True to Leslie Gould, she lets the theme of God unbounding love express itself in the book. The book’s setting is in Vietnam and USA. The story predominantly revolves around the two women, Lan and Genevieve.

Leslie Gould books

Some of Leslie Gould’s works include novels such as Minding Molly, Adoring Annie, My Brother’s Crown, Second Chances, in God’s Hands and The Scrap. In her books she has the Amish series of books such as The Amish Promises, The Amish Midwife, The Amish Nanny, The Amish Seamstress and the Amish Sweethearts.

Inspiration for writing

The idea of writing about friendship between women stemmed from two incidences in her life, the death of her maternal aunt from breast cancer and after this, her best friend Libby got brain complications a few years later. She was inspired to write about friendships about women with the themes of faith and healing her plots.

Other media

None of Leslie Gould’s book has been made into a popular film. Though her books, Courting Cate, Becoming Bea, The Amish Sweethearts have an audio version. She is working on a novel about international adoption, a theme that brings itself out in the book Beyond the Blue. The book about her theme will have different characters but the setting will be the same. The adoption of her daughter will be fictionalized.

The bottomline is that Leslie Gould wants to write good fiction that glorifies God even for those with very little faith. Her ambition is to for her readers to see the need for God while still having struggles with their human nature.

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