I often pick up books that are retellings of familiar tales. It is fun for me to see how a well known plot can be placed a new time, local, and circumstances and still work. Leslie Gould has taken Romeo and Juliet and put in Amish country in her book Adoring Addie .
Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's tragedies. It is a romantic tale but doesn't have a very happy ending. So I was surprised by the choice of this story to be the basis for an Amish romance. Gould does veer a bit from Shakespeare's tale to give her story a happier ending (not to spoil the story for anyone).
I enjoyed getting to know Addie and could understand why she had such a hard time going against the wishes of her family. But I was so happy she finally decided to do something for her own happiness and not just to please her parents. The book also plainly illustrated how a misunderstanding or a small lie can lead to so many bitter years and trouble between people and how the bitterness can be passed on to the next generation so easily.
It has been a long time since my freshman high school english class when I last read Romeo and Juliet, perhaps I should break it out again to compare the two.