Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins
YA Romance, Published June 2012
Read June 26, 2012, 383 pages
Your heart misleads you.
That’s what my friends and family say.
But I love Noah.
And he loves me.
We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other’s arms. It should be
ROSE & NOAH
But it won’t be.
Because he’s Amish.
And I’m not.
When Rose’s father moves her and her brother to live in Amish country, to say Rose is not excited would be a great understatement. The only bright side is having her horse near her. Their Amish neighbors, being neighborly and wanting to get on the good side of the new country doctor, come to help the family fix up their old farm house. Noah immediately notices Rose and finds every excuse to talk to her. And so it begins..
I was instantly drawn to the forbidden attraction between Noah and Rose. I just could not put the book down, which is what I look for in a great summer read. Temptation brings an interesting and new twist on Amish fiction. Noah is not interested in leaving his faith or family, but is conflicted with his feelings for Rose. I loved the interactions between Rose and Noah as well as her growing relationship with Noah’s sister, Sarah. I also loved Hopkin’s witty writing style and the back and forth character POVs. The reader not only gets to see an outsider’s point of view of the Amish, but an insider’s as well.
The ending definitely leaves you wanting more – which, conveniently will happen since this is the first in a new series. I was a little disappointed to see how both Rose and Noah worked to manipulate the other, but I think this is because they are both so young and have a very narrow view of life. Some have pointed out that the sexism bothered them, but I found it very true to the story. I don’t think this is meant to teach or influence young readers to not stand up for themselves, but it does make them aware of other cultures, faiths, and to learn to make their own decisions. *SPOILER ALERT* Now that Rose and Noah are together, a whole new set of obstacles will be before them. How will they make it work? Will they go through with a marriage? They are both so young and since Rose is from the outside world, how will she be able to live with the Amish rules and their constrictions of women?
In that instant, I knew she belonged with me. But what is forbidden is not so easily forgotten.
Thanks to NetGalley and HarlequinTeen for providing me with an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.