Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins

Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: June 26, 2012
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


forever, easy.

But it won't be.

Because he's Amish.
And I'm not.

When I was in middle school I briefly became obsessed with Amish things. Ok, not all Amish things just quilt’s. My parents took me to this traveling Amish sale and I begged them to buy me a quilt. You could see the hand stitching and I loved the way the fabric felt under my hands, I was instantly smitten. The quilts were expensive though so I had to settle on getting a hand made bracelet. I still have that bracelet and I still really want a quilt. I think this brief Amish obsession may be why I instantly liked the premise of Temptation. A city girl moves to the country after her Mother passes away and instantly falls in love with a boy. The problem is the boy she falls for is Amish.

One of the first things I really liked about Temptation was that it is told in alternating perspectives between Rose and Noah. I think this is why I was so quick to root for them as a couple. The alternating perspective lets you see how each character thinks and there is no second guessing about how much they care about one another. I must say though, I enjoyed reading from Noah’s perspective a little more though.

I think I enjoyed Noah’s perspective more because the Amish culture was completely new to me. It was interesting to learn more about the daily activities of Noah’s family and his community. I am looking forward to reading the sequel, Belonging, because I think it will focus even more on the culture and customs of Amish society.

That brings us to Rose. While Noah gave us the Amish perspective Rose was everything modern and I liked her spunky attitude and occasional gripes about how the Amish culture has skipped over feminism completely. The Amish women are treated very differently then woman are treated in English society. The once problem I did have with Rose is that while she mentions feminism quite a bit she never acts like a feminist. Rose takes on the role of a submissive women in not only her relationship with Noah but the relationship she has with her brother, Sam, and her Father as well. I wanted Rose to stand up and demand to be recognized as an equal but that point never really comes.

Overall, I enjoyed Temptation. It was fun to learn about a culture completely different that is rooted in traditional ideals and see it collide with modern society. I also really enjoyed the relationship between Rose and Noah, their chemistry is undeniable and I am looking forward to reading Belonging to see if these two can beat the odds and find a way to make their relationship work.

About Karen Ann Hopkins
A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.

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1 comment:

  1. Great review! I've had a copy of this for a while but haven't had time for it. I don't know much about the Amish, apart from what you see on tv, so I think this will be an interesting read!