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"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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 135 x 208 x 28mm | 318g
  • Don Mills, Ont., Canada
  • English
  • 037321054X
  • 9780373210541
  • 410,288

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. When she\u2019s 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. Karen loves to hear from readers. You can find her on the Web at Facebook.com/KarenAnnHopkins.
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1,721 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
5 33% (571)
4 30% (515)
3 23% (396)
2 9% (154)
1 5% (85)

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I'm very big into Young Adult Contemporary Romance and very much into forbidden love stories so I was immediately attracted to this book. As I began reading, I got into it quickly and didn't want to put it down. The story is very well written and very knowledgeable (that's a weird word, knowledgeable...) on the Amish culture and way of life. I really enjoyed reading this book and did not want to put it down. I didn't think it would take me as long as it did, but I had a lot of stuff going on at the time. I found out that I was six weeks pregnant, so I had to do all the first time prenatal things that accompany early pregnancy. So I didn't get as much time to read as I would have liked but I thoroughly enjoyed the book and can't wait to read the next one.show more
by Rainy Days and Pajamas
I find the Amish culture (well any culture at that) fasinating, we don't see hardly any Amish books to learn about their culture and way of life. A few review I've seen talk about how they don't like the novel mostly because of how anti-feminist the Amish are, with their old beliefs and refusal of the modern world and (most) forms of technology. The way that Rose deals with the new culture shock as she and her family move out "in the country" would be the same for us all. We feel like we can relate to Rose the most as she is a typical female. We get introduced to everything and see everything from both Rose and Noah's eyes. To be honest, when Karen sent me the copy of her novel, I didn't expect the size of it. I wondered (between all the excitement of the new book in my hands) how this novel could go so long without it getting a bit boring, as well as from the blurb as well. DO. NOT. FALL. FOR. THIS. Once you start the book, the pages fly, there is not one boring part in this novel. It captivates you and pulls you into this new culture and fight for love. One word... Beautiful. Once you finish Temptation, there is that longing for Belonging (Book 2) that I can't describe. There is no cliffhanger. But there is more to the story that we want to see and want to know. From the excerpt of Belonging at the back of Temptation, we already start to understand more into the characters that we love. We know we will get a whole lot of new perspectives thrown at us, as well as more challenges that we ultimately see coming. The excerpt of Belonging is ultimately the cliffhanger that makes us want the next book. We already feel heartbroken at what is to come as well as who elses P.O.V will be shown. In Temptation, we only see Noah and Rose's perspectives. It connects us with both characters on a new level, then only seeing one side of the relationship. We see a side of both these characters that we normally wouldn't see, especially in this situation, we already get a feel of the Amish way of life when we are in Noah's perspective. This makes us straight away get on the side of Rose and Noah, making us want to fight for them to be together and we can see into both of their minds. As we get to know our main characters in Temptation, Belonging shows us into the minds of all our other characters. This whole connection will make us already know Rose and Noah, but then as well get a feel of who the other minor characters are and their thoughts. We won't feel overwhelmed with the onslaught of characters and changes in P.O.V's, because we already know these characters and our main characters very well. We don't usually find this Amish factor in love stories, a new craze has started with forbidden love with Amish in novels. I have seen a few floating around since this novel came out. The inclusion of this factor makes us delve deeper into the love story and fight for their love. This is not the full review. To see my experience head over to http://behindamillionandonepages.blogspot.comshow more
by Gina Scarcella
The Amish culture is one that has always fascinated me. I admire how they live and I respect their beliefs. So I was a bit worried when I started reading Temptation. I have never read a YA book that had characters that were Amish and I didn't know how they would be portrayed. Ms. Hopkins not only wrote book that was respectful to the Amish, it was so wonderful that it made it hard to put down! Temptation is more than a forbidden love story between an Amish boy and an English (modern) girl. It also gives us a good picture of what everyday life is for Amish teens. Through both Noah and Rose's eyes we see why they made the choices that they made and how they deal with the resulting consequences. They both have an interesting perspective on how each other's families do things. If you do not know much about the Amish culture, please don't let that put you off from reading Temptation. It is so enjoyable that you do not want to miss reading it. I will fully admit that I loved this book and I cannot wait for the next in the series to be released!show more
by Dani Chapman
(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin and Netgalley) 16-year-old Rose has had a tough year. Her mother died from cancer 10 months and 1 week ago, and now her father has moved their family from suburban Cincinnati to a ramshackle house in Ohio. They have barely made it in the front door of their new house when their neighbours turn up offering a hot meal and some help unloading the removal van. The Millers are different though - they are Amish. Rose doesn't know much about the Amish but she's about to learn when she begins a romance with the Miller's second eldest son Noah. Sneaking away, she meets up with him of an evening in some cornfields, and their love blossoms. This can't go on forever though, Noah is 18 and under pressure from his family to marry and start a family. Rose can't imagine getting married at 16. Things come to a head when they are caught kissing though, and now a decision must be made; can Rose really give up everything to be with Noah? Or is their relationship just fated not to be? This is to me a bit of a Romeo and Juliet story to me - boy and girl who have to overcome immense obstacles and pressure from their parents to be together. Rose is a pretty normal teenage girl, she's into horses and dancing, and she's looking forward to getting her licence and being able to drive. She instantly connects with Noah the moment she sees him, and knows that he is the boy for her. Noah is an interesting character, but he really does have some real chauvinistic ideas due to his Amish upbringing. It's nice to know that he is your normal teenage boy with his worrying that when he kisses Rose he 'won't be able to stop', but he really does have issues, partly due to his Amish upbringing, and partly in my opinion due to good old fashioned jealousy. Rose and Noah's relationship is sweet and real, and the love they feel for each other is pretty obvious. I have to say that I smiled when they had their first kiss. My only annoyance with their relationship was mainly due to Noah's behaviour. I understand that he has had a very different upbringing, but he really was just unbelievable at times! Obviously the topic of their future together comes up, and while Noah is adamant that he can't stop being Amish and live the same sort of life as Rose, he has no problems asking her to give up everything to be with him. It's almost like he doesn't realise that he's asking her to do what he himself doesn't want to do. I also found it unbelievable that when she tries to explain this to him, that he criticises her, and thinks that she's 'acting like a child.' I can honestly say that most modern day women would have thumped him for this comment; but Rose really is incredible patient and understanding with him. As if this isn't bad enough, he tells her that she will not be allowed to cut her hair, to wear make-up, to listen to music or dance, to continue her education, etc, etc. He also thinks to himself that he couldn't possibly live in the 'English' world (yes everyone who isn't Amish is 'English') because he couldn't handle Rose 'going off places whenever she wanted to or dressing in tight clothes'. As I say, as modern women, we should hate him; he really does believe that as Rose's husband he would basically OWN her! He even considers trying to make her pregnant so that they will be forced to marry (sorry love, but that isn't necessarily true in this day and age either!) One of the nice things about this book though was learning about the Amish and their rules and beliefs, it really is too bad that as an outsider you are basically shunned, and that there is no room for an 'English' person in an Amish community. I have to say that I wasn't expecting the grand finale in this book, even though the prologue kind of gives it away. I must say that I was close to tears, which was pretty awkward considering that I was reading that part at the bus station! Overall; I enjoyed this book, was pleased with the way it ended, and am interested to read that there is a sequel in the works! I think that this is a brilliant idea as we will have further insight into Rose and Noah's relationship as it progresses. 8 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
I've read quite a few Christian novels in my time, but NONE of them have been about the Amish. Weird, right? Considering all the Christian books out there dealing with this topic, in particular. So, I honestly came into this book not knowing too much about them. And while I wouldn't label this a "Christian" book, I'd like to think that Ms. Hopkins accurately portrayed what would happen in such a situation as this. Noah and Rose had an instant connection. Or, some would call it "love-at-first-sight". And from the beginning I don't know if either of them REALLY took into consideration how difficult it would be for their love to flourish in this situation. I think that, oftentimes, they were both ruled by their hormones (teenagers!!). Rose's family moves to Meadowview after experiencing great loss. Her father, a doctor, managed to get a job close by. When the local Amish community welcomes them in, hoping to get to know the new doctor, Noah and Rose get their first introduction. There are some very sweet moments in this book, where I think Rose gets to be on the receiving end of chilvalry and care that most "English" girls don't ever get to experience. But, for Rose, where does the chivalry end and the chauvinism begin? The Amish are very old-fashioned and very set in their ways. This is just one area that Rose and Noah will have some hurdles to overcome. Half-way through the book I realized that this story can only end one of three ways. It was interesting to see the journey Rose and Noah took, while so young, to get to this "ending". All-in-all this was a great story. I really enjoyed how realistic the author portrayed Rose, as a normal--sometimes very emotional--sixteen-year-old girl, and Noah as a more mature--but, slightly, impatient--eighteen-year-old boy. This is going to be a series and with the book ending the way it did, I'm anxious to see what happens next. My Rating: 3.5/5show more
by Christy @ Captivated Reading
Temptation was a great story about forbidden love and the lengths that those in love will go to be with the one they love. I think that she did great job with research because everything with the Amish seemed authentic, and it felt like I was being immersed into another culture. The dual perspective felt really well done, and I appreciated being able to see both sides of the story. The girl, the outsider, and the boy, the Amish who fell for the wild outsider. There were moments where I wanted to slap their foreheads and make them see the light, but I guess you wouldn't be a teenager or someone in love without it being the forefront of your mind, and that you would do anything in order to be with that person. I totally understand where they were coming from, and it seems authentic that when you are that caught up in love, that you would abandon all else. I connected with both characters, even when they were being idiots. Some of Noah's thoughts about Rose, on one hand not wanting her to change from the girl he fell in love with, strong and wild, but then the next he wants her to be tame and fit into the Amish box of what is expected of the women. But that made him genuine in that aspect, because you couldn't help but want those things with his upbringing. At times, Rose didn't seem to live up to her stubborn and strong, how she fell apart and how she just tried to mold into what he wanted. But other times, standing up for herself and trying out things her own way, she did. I was a little annoyed with how unbalanced it was at times, but I also understand where Noah was coming from not wanting to become English (non-Amish) because he wouldn't have any means of supporting himself much less Rose. But, still, asking the other person to give up their family and heritage without being willing to yourself is manipulative and controlling to a level that I wasn't very comfortable with. I wasn't satisfied with the ending, I wanted more, I wanted to know more about what happens with their love story, but alas, this is a first book in a series and I will have to wait to know more. I think that it ended the only way it could, leaving so much more to explore in the next books.show more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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