What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Friday, June 22, 2012

Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins

Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins Version: eGalley from NetGalley Release Date: June 26th, 2012 The idea of this being a story of an Amish boy and a not-so-Amish girl falling in love immediately sounded interesting to me. I don't know much about that culture, but I knew enough to know that it sounded like trouble!

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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 forever, easy. But it won't be. Because he's Amish. And I'm not.

What I Liked: 1) The most interesting thing about this story was that it was between an Amish guy and what he calls an "English" girl. This was a new take for contemporary fiction, at least for anything I've ever read. Miz Hopkins definitely pulled in a lot of comparisons without being too blatant about it. 2) Alternating POV. The chapters alternated between Rose and Noah's POV which I liked. Occasionally the switch felt a little forced, but I just don't think the book would have been as good if it had only been one-sided. Especially if it had been Just from Rose's POV. I was very interested to see the story from the side of Noah and his Amish family. How they lived and what they did for work, and for fun, for communication and travel. 3) The whole forbidden love thing. Maybe it's cliche, but I've always been a sucker for a good Romeo and Juliet story (minus that double suicide thing) and so I enjoyed that part.

What I Didn't Like: 1) There was no give and take in their relationship. It was pretty much going to be one way or the highway. No compromise. If books are supposed to teach lessons, then that wasn't a very good one. On the other hand, it made the story very interesting, and opened the door for another story. It's been a while since I've read a contemporary series, so that could be interesting. 2) The love story was also kinda like insta-love. I try hard not to complain about stories like that, but this one was a little much for even me to take.

Overall Thoughts: Temptation is an interesting debut with a sweet, if slightly unbelievable, love story. Learning about the Amish culture was one of the best parts of this story, because it was just so unlike everything I'd read. It followed a somewhat traditional forbidden love pattern, and the ending won't surprise you at all. But readers will still get swept up in the secrecy of Rose and Noah's story, and feel conflicted when it comes down to the decision they have to make.

My Rating: 3.5 shots


  1. This sounds like a good book. I don't know that it is something I would read, but I am glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Karen, thanks for pointing me to this book! Will read it for sure.
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Doris @111publishing


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