Monday, August 25, 2014

Review : Belonging by Karen Ann Hopkins (Temptation Series #2)

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 4.30.2013
Pages: 416
Source: Own 

The Story:

I left everything I knew behind. But it was worth it. He was worth it. No one thought an ordinary girl like me would last two minutes living with the Amish, not even me. There are a lot more rules and a lot less freedom, and I miss my family and the life I once had. Worst of all, Noah and I aren't even allowed to see each other. Not until I've proven myself.
If I can find a way to make it work, we'll be Noah & Rose
together forever.
But not everybody believes this is where I belong.

- Barnes and Noble


My Review:

So, in Belonging, Rose Cameron gives up everything she has ever known to be with the guy she loves. That guy being Noah Miller. Noah Miller who is Amish. Yes, I said it Amish. Rose, on the other hand, is not. Still, they manage to fall head-over-heels in love with each other. But, of course, their love is not that simple. The young couple have two choices. One, Rose converts to the Amish life or two, Noah cuts all ties from his Amish community and family and never look back. The lesser of the two evils seems to be choice number one. So, Rose dives right in ... and does considerably well, adjusting to Amish life. But it goes without saying, there are curve balls and doubts thrown a them without relent. Several people - including jealous Amish girls and sick, twisted Amish guys - that do not want to see Rose prevail in Amish life. Not to mention, the family Rose leaves behind, who fight tooth and nail to get her back.

Having said that, I was a bit peeved that Noah would not even consider the option of him leaving the Amish life to be with Rose. He simply expected her to join the community. Noah's reasoning: the Amish don't receive formal education beyond the eighth grade and he already had a good job that would provide for Rose and their family, whereas, if he joined the "English" world, there would be a real struggle for him to provide for their future family. Don't get me wrong, Noah had valid points but still ... he could have at least humored the idea. Or been torn, even a little.

And yet, how could a Rose - or any English girl for that matter - not fall hard for Noah Miller? While he is Amish and raised to live the life of the Plain, adhere to a strict set of rules, and expectant of female submission Noah is passionate, willing to fight for the girl he loves, and kind.
On that note, the road is still a long one going for Rose and Noah as they fight not one but two clashing cultures to be together. And while this part of their story focus more on Rose's transition into Amish life and less on the forbidden love between her and Noah, I will not say much except that the plot twists are worth the read!

Happy Reading!


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