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Turns out a "simple" life is actually a lot of hard work. But when a hot young ...
Turns out a "simple" life is actually a lot of hard work. But when a hot young Amish guy named Ezra enters the picture, Shannon's ready to get an Amish makeover and even consider making it a permanent change. Will these plans come crashing down around her too? Or can she really make the jump into a whole new way of life?
Teen favorite Melody Carlson brings fans another surprising story of worlds--and families--colliding.
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than two hundred books, including the Life at Kingston High series, the Dating Games series, Double Take, and A Simple Song. She has received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon. Find out more at www.melodycarlson.com.
Posted March 7, 2014
A nice inspiring story --
Sixteen-year old Shannon McNamara has her summer all planned, getting her license, getting a job and best of all, getting a tattoo! Shannon has been taking care of her Mother who has been diagnosed with Meniere's Disease and unable to work. On the last day of school she comes home and her neighbor, who watches Anna, Shannon's mother, during the day informs Shannon that she has family in Ohio and they will be going there for the summer. The two arrive in Ohio and while they are waiting on a bench for an uncle she didn't even know she had, she thinks she has traveled back in time, to the horse and buggy days, then it dawns on her that those are Amish buggy's. She is really surprised when a man in a horse and buggy pull up and ask if she is Anna, her mother had been Amish????? Shannon's Uncle Ben helps her get her mother into the buggy and takes them to her Mammi and Dawdi's home, she also didn't know she had grandparents, she didn't know she had ANY family, only her mother.
On her first full day there Shannon meets Ezra Troyer when she falls flat on her face while mowing the grass. Ezra becomes her Amish boyfriend, they fall in love at first sight. Ezra wants to leave the Amish and Shannon wants to become Amish.
I wasn't pleased with where the story line was leading with Shannon and Ezra but I will say that by the end of the book I was happy with their relationship and yes was even brought to tears for a while. Shannon really is a strong girl for being 16 and having to take care of her mother, moving and having to endure a completely different lifestyle even when her mother continues to get worse she sees things through. Shannon was a believer in God but in the last year she had started running from him, can she find him again to help her through all of this?
A nice quick read that you don't want to give up on because you will maybe find a little more faith in yourself. I was really impressed with how Shannon stepped right up and took control when she needed to and her willingness to try to learn more about the lifestyle and beliefs of her Amish family.
Posted March 2, 2014
Melody Carlson is well known for her fabulous Christmas stories, but she has also become prominent in the teen fiction genre. Melody has the distinct ability to write in a way that instantly connects with her adolescent audience. Her books often talk about subjects that are not addressed in other Christian fiction books.
In this story we meet Shannon McNamara who is a sixteen-year-old that has a lot of responsibility. Her father died when she was young and her beloved mother has a debilitating illness that leaves Shannon shouldering most of the weight of the household. The story picks up just as school is recessed for the summer. Shannon has plans for some personal freedom that get put on hold when they suddenly relocate to the Amish community where her mother grew up.
Once they are at her grandparent's house, things really begin to change. The handsome Ezra quickly catches Shannon's eye and she begins to contemplate becoming Amish herself. But are her motives honest? Does she really want to become a devout believer and assume all the requirements of the Ordnung? Or is this just another way to escape from a life that has become overwhelming?
I think this is a book that many teens will be able to easily relate to. I thought that the Amish lifestyle was portrayed honestly. Very few teens will be confronted with the choice of becoming Amish, but most teens do face some of the same challenges that are presented in the story.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Posted February 26, 2014
My Amish Boyfriend by Melody Carlson is about a teenager , Shannon, who us going to have a very interesting summer..and not at all the one she had planned. Her ill mother decides it is a good idea if they take a visit to her family so they can help in her care. What Shannon doesn't know is that her mother's family is Amish. Shannon is rather mesmerized by their idealistic life and a guy named Ezra. She comes to learn that it us a lot of hard work, but she is up to the task. Does she want to become Amish? Can she live their way of life? What really are her motives for considering this drastic change?
This was interesting because so many view Amish life as " simple" yet as the book points out its a lot of hard work. It has a different viewpoint about the Amish than many of the books that tend to romanticize their hard lifestyle. Yet, it makes one think about what it would be like to totally change to that lifestyle.
The fact that Shannon was so endeared to her mother made her a wonderful character that I really liked. She was so compassionate and thoughtful towards her. I didn't really find myself liking the other characters in the book. This book doesn't drag, and I enjoyed the story line. It's a very simple story, not much depth. I guess it was written for the teen age group. However, if you are looking for a sweet, quick read or just enjoy simple Amish stories this book is for you.
I was given this book through The Book Club Network for my honest opinion which I have given. Sent from my iPad
Posted February 23, 2014
Melody Carlson in her new book, “My Amish Boyfriend” published by Revell brings us into the life of Shannon McNamara.
From the back cover: Shannon’s summer just got a whole lot more . . . Amish?
Shannon McNamara has exciting plans for the summer–getting her driver’s license, a job, and more–and she can’t wait to dive in. But her ill mother has plans of her own: to relocate them both to the heart of Amish country in Ohio where she has relatives who can help her.
Turns out a “simple” life is actually a lot of hard work. But when a hot young Amish guy named Ezra enters the picture, Shannon’s ready to get an Amish makeover and even consider making it a permanent change. Will these plans come crashing down around her too? Or can she really make the jump into a whole new way of life?
Teen favorite Melody Carlson brings fans another surprising story of worlds–and families–colliding.
“My Amish Boyfriend” is a coming of age tale unlike any other that I have read before. What do you do when there is a crisis? Why, you turn to family to help you through, of course. What do you do when you learn that you have family that you were not aware of before and they turn out to be Amish? Shannon has to worry about her ill mother and all the complexities of learning about her new family and what it means to be Amish. ”My Amish Boyfriend” is a story of love and about being true to self. Melody Carlson knows how to write and she has delivered a wonderful story about learning who we are and what we are about. There are great characters within these pages that we can like a lot with plenty of human relationships that we can identify with.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Posted February 21, 2014
MY AMISH BOYFRIEND by Melody Carlson is an interesting Inspirational Amish Teen Fiction set in Amish country in Ohio. Meet sixteen - year old, Shannon McNamara as she and her mother move to Ohio in the Amish country. Her mother has fallen ill and so off they go to her relatives who can help them. Shannon meets a young Amish boy, Ezra, but is he what or who she really thinks he is or what she really wants in life?
"My Amish Boyfriend" is not just another Amish tale of a simple life but a tale of struggles, hardship, decisions, faith and so much more. This story has so much to offer not just teens, and young readers, but adults as well. It shows us so much and once again Ms. Carlson has written a story of faith, family, friendship, with spiritual truths and the struggles teens are faced with on a daily basis. It was interesting to watch as Shannon matures and grows not only in her faith, but in her desires also. A quick read! Well done, Ms. Carlson! Received for an honest review from the publisher.
*Coming in February from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group*
HEAT RATING: Sweet
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Posted February 18, 2014
Shannon McNamara has had to grow up fast. Thank goodness she is able to take over the responsibility of her Mother. Life takes strange twists when someone is ill.
With this story we see God's hand in almost every move. From a caring and loving neighbor, to people that Shannon really doesn't know opening up their homes to her.
How would you like to wake up one morning when your sixteen, all your plans made for the summer, and zap your off to see relatives you have never met. Never having any family other than her Mom, and her late Dad. Wow, what an eye opener, and you can probably guess...her Mom had left the Amish and was shunned.
There are some questionable happenings, and I didn't like how the Amish boyfriend acts, and yet he did seem to have compassion. There are some surprising turn of events, and chuckled how Dawdi kept finding Shannon in not the best circumstances.
Come along and enjoy a very different type of Amish/English story. Enjoy!!
I received this book through Revell Publishing Book Bloggers Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
Posted February 18, 2014
I thought this book has some interesting concepts. A family member meeting an Amish family she never knew existed. A young daughter trying to take care of an ailing mother on her own, and fighting as an advocate to improve her mother's health. All very good concepts. I enjoyed the story, the struggle that Shannon faced as she tried to come to terms with whether she could fit into the Amish faith, or if her English faith was what would sustain her. Pros of the story, great writing, as usual from Melody, Shannon was someone you wanted to be friends with, even though she was a bit confused about several things. Cons of the story, way too much passion and a bit too racy in some parts. The romance was a bit fast for a YA story. Over all, a great book 4 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 16, 2014
This was a different take on an Amish love story. I usually read about men joining the faith, or girls loving non Amish men. This is the first time that I read about a non Amish girl falling in love with an Amish boy. She was ready to change her faith and become Amish. She soon realized that she was running away from her issues. As I was reading I kept hoping that she would realize this before it was too late. Hopefully she would not hurt anyone or break any hearts along the way. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review from Revell, however all opinions are my ownWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 16, 2014
This book is for that teen in your life who enjoys reading.
I enjoyed the dynamic between Shannon and her mom. Shannon really cares about her sick mother and has taken on the responsibility of taking care of her. As summer comes around a neighbor arranges for Shannon and her mom to go visit family. Little does Shannon know, her family is Amish.
As we move into "Amishland", as Shannon calls it, we watch Shannon get to know grandparents, aunts and uncles she's never met. She has a rough time adjusting to the Amish way of life and has a couple of embarrassing episodes with her Grandfather.
Then she meets Ezra. I have to say I was a bit disappointed in the way this relationship started. Shannon almost immediately thinks she's in love him and in less than twenty-four hours they are having a major kissing session and Shannon is thinking about becoming Amish. I expected to Ezra have more restraint but he didn't seem to care.
Now, I do realize sixteen-year-old girls can be fickle but it seemed a bit rushed for me, especially considering this is Christian fiction.
But that's my only negative. Like I said, I really enjoyed the part of the story about Shannon adjusting to her family and dealing with her mom.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted February 5, 2014
Needed a lighthearted break from the more serious books that I am reading and that await in my infamous TBR (to-be-read) pile,
and this book fit the bill. Didn't take too long to read, and it is definitely geared to the younger crowd that would find themselves
labeled as New Adult. That said, it provided a window of escape for an hour or so.
The copy I received from NetGalley was not in good shape. Dialog was incorrectly formatted, and it seems they were having
problems with the 'f'' key. Normally, I get a note saying what I received was an ARC and or an uncorrected proof, but I did not with
this one, so I a little hesitant in vouching for the technical merits of this novel as far as formatting goes.
Shannon McNamara, the protagonist, was well developed and her actions and motivations were spot on for a young teen facing
not only the potential mortality of her one remaining parent, but also finding herself dumped in the middle of an unfamiliar culture.
This novel will not my my re-read list, but I did enjoy my time with it. If young teenage, Christian fiction is your thing, I think you won't be
disappointed. If you are looking more historical accuracy in for your fiction and want a look at Amish life, I would hesitate to recommend
Posted January 27, 2014
My Amish Boyfriend By Melody Carlson
When 16 year old Shannon McNamara’s mother becomes ill her summer plans take a drastic turn. Shannon is a born and breed city girl but circumstances force her to spend the summer with her Amish grandparents she didn‘t know she had. Too her surprise Shannon takes to the simple life of the Amish. Life gets even better when she meets Ezra the handsome boy next door. He was raised Amish and is trying to figure out if he will be baptized or move on as an Englisher. Read this great book to see if Shannon and Ezra can make a go out of it. I enjoyed watching her grow and mature as she worked hard at being Amish and feel in love. I highly recommend this book and promise you will not be disappointed by it.
I did not realize when I got this book it was Teen Fiction. Although this book can be found in the teen section it can be read and enjoyed by all lovers of Amish Fiction, by teens and adults alike. I found it very well written and really enjoyed My Amish Boyfriend. I give this book 4 stars. It is full of twists and turns, faith and family dynamics.
I want to thank the author Melody Carlson and publisher Revell for bringing good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me. I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.