June and July are always a bit of a blur in this house. Everyone has a birthday except me during these months. And since I like to celebrate the kids actual birthday just as our immediate family, I end up preparing two birthday parties for each kid. Granted the one with just us, is much simpler. I still have to plan it. I really could simplify the birthdays more by not having a large party and the immediate family only party, but I love birthdays. They are the day a year that is all yours.
My daughter had her first birthday party for her friends. We invited all her daycare friends and had about 10 little kids and parents show-up. They had a blast! We had her party at a local park that has a carousel and wading pool. I also set out some outdoor toys for the kids play with. We then did a much smaller party with just our family on her birthday. She also took cupcakes to daycare on her birthday.
My son’s parties we’re Spiderman themed. We did cupcakes for his daycare class on his birthday so we ate those after supper as a family too. He also had a much larger party the weekend following his birthday. We invited mostly some family, his God parents, and then a few of our friends who have kids about his age. He had a lot of fun at his party.
Here’s a few pictures of cakes. I didn’t get a picture of my daughter’s cupcakes as they went to daycare. I didn’t make either her big cake or the cupcakes. I did make the cake for our family celebration and all of my son’s cakes (my son has multiple severe food allergies so I don’t have the luxury of buying his).
Here are a few pictures of the cakes:
Adoring Addie is the first Amish book I’ve read. I was interested in it because it wasn’t the typical dilemma of “Am I going to be Amish?” or not. Not that those books are bad, they’re just done a lot. I’ve not read many Amish novels because I’m not overly interested in the decision of joining the Amish faith. As you read this review, I ask you to keep in mind this is the first Amish novel I’ve read and I’m no expert in Amish life.
Adoring Addie is the second book in the Courtships in Lancaster County series. I did not read the first one but am considering it. This book is about Addie, a young Amish woman whose family wants her to marry Phillip. Although she’s not certain of her feelings for Phillip, she also plans to marry him. That is until she meets Jonathon. These two are immediately attracted to each and desire to court. Unfortunately, the two families are in a feud of sorts and they will not be allowed to spend time together needless to say marry.
I do see the Romeo and Juliet references throughout the story. This author is a very talented story-teller as she weaves the story of two and incorporates the Romeo and Juliet references. I was pulled into the story almost immediately and did enjoy it. The characters were enjoyable and I did connect with Addie and Jonathon. I’ve always enjoyed Romeo and Juliet parodies and this was no different.
However, there were plenty of areas I struggled in the story. I struggled with the Amish lifestyle she presented. I do understand each Amish group differ slightly in what is acceptable and how much English ways they adopt. I can give some here and there; however, I feel this author took a lot of liberties in what this group of Amish have adopted. I struggled with the disarray of children at the dinner table, wearing of flip-flops, fist fighting, ownership of telephones, etc. It seemed to me the author made them awfully English in order to help her write the story. These details were quite distracting to the actual story for me.
And there is the ending. Don’t get me wrong, I love a happy ending. What I struggled a bit with is how neatly and nicely it was all tied-up. In fact, I had to go back and re-read parts of it to make sure my eyes were not deceiving me. I don’t want to add much detail to spoil the ending, so I won’t say much except, things hardly end so neat.
Overall, this author has a knack at story telling and I enjoy the story. I would consider reading one of the author’s other books and would recommend it to others who want to read a sweet love story.
I give this book a 3 of 3 bookends.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest opinion and review of this book.
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