Temptation [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview




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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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—When Rose's father moves the family from the city to a quiet Ohio farming community, Rose and her two brothers know that their lives will be very different. Away from her friends and the prestigious dance camp in which she has earned a spot, the 16-year-old wonders how she will stay connected to what has gotten her through the recent loss of her mother. But when she meets her Amish neighbors, she is immediately intrigued by handsome Noah; for the first time in ages, grief and depression are replaced by something much more life-affirming. Although equally attracted, Noah is not free to date Rose. In fact, he is forbidden to be alone with her. Still, both feel a connection that is too intense to ignore and find ways to be together. Readers are exposed to the beliefs, joys, and frustrations of both teens through their alternating points of view. However, as romantic as the story may be, it is hard to connect to Noah. Though he is a charming, skilled worker who is respected as an adult in his community and knows what he wants despite the risks, he is set in his beliefs and refuses to leave his Amish community-forcing sassy, smart, and modern Rose to give up everything to live an Amish life, a sacrifice that is hard to accept.—Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA
VOYA - Sharon Martin
In Temptation, Noah and Rose are instantly drawn to each other, and realize they cannot live without each other, but Noah is Amish and Rose is not. Along the way to happily-ever-after (a potentially pleasantly long and bumpy path, as this is the first of a series), there are conflicting loyalties, almost-fatal accidents, and numerous misunderstandings. Noah has moments of domineering priggishness but to balance that out, Rose has her share of stars-in-her-eyes episodes. These plot devices do not matter, as Noah and Rose are appealing characters who draw a reader into their world. Rose has moved into Noah's neighborhood, so the reader learns about Noah's Amish world along with Rose — mostly, though, as it pertains to courtship. This is a chaste romance, in which longing and kissing are the main activities. Noah, however, has one moment that should give Rose pause: he decides to tell her he will become "English," but he does not, because Rose tells him first that she is converting to Amish. This is, however, necessary for the continuation of the series. The Amish concept is novel, and enough to pique a future readers' interest in picking it up. Readers of romance should be very pleased with this title. Reviewer: Sharon Martin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459233263
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Series: A Temptation Novel Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 160,667
  • Age range: 14 years
  • File size: 382 KB

Meet the Author


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’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. Karen loves to hear from readers. You can find her on the Web at Facebook.com/KarenAnnHopkins.

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Holy crap. I watched the churning water rush over the driveway and back into the swollen creek bed. I'd never seen anything like it before, and from the look of incredulity on Dad's face, neither had he.

Sam and Justin, on the other hand, were enjoying the bizarre scene, wading knee-deep into the current with their street clothes on, splashing each other like maniac dolphins. Actually, now that the storm had passed and the sun was peeking its way out from behind the fluffy clouds, it was beginning to feel like a sauna, and I was seriously thinking about joining my brothers.

"We shouldn't try to cross this with the truck yet. It's still pretty high," Dad said, almost to himself, his fingers playing with his mouth. He continued to survey the obstacle placed directly in the middle of the long, winding driveway leading to our new house.

New was definitely not the right word for the house. I guess "recently acquired historic relic" would be more appropriate for the three-story brick monstrosity on the other side of the raging creek that until a few days ago when we closed on the deal was no more than a lazy trickle.

My dad, who'd decided he wanted to raise his kids in the country, uprooting us from our comfortable suburban house in Cincinnati to move to middle-of-nowhere Ohio, was getting a good dose of country reality. I wondered if he was regretting it. Seeing the distressed look on his face right then, I think he was.

I sighed, wishing Mom were here with us. Then it would all be okay. But she was six feet under, buried in the cold, dark ground of Mount Hope Cemetery. If she were still alive, Dad would never have taken the stupid job as head of the E.R. in this forgotten place, and we wouldn't be standing here, trying to figure out a way to cross what looked like a small river to get to our house.

My life had been so blissfully ordinary before Mom had died. It was all gone now, just like the churning water rampaging over the driveway, disappearing into the abyss of overgrown grass and weeds on the other side. And there was nothing at all I could do about any of it, except watch it disappear—and maybe cry, which I'd been doing a lot of lately. Fortunately, I was getting used to that feeling of helplessness. I had no control over my life, and it seemed as if no one else did either. It was just an illusion, thinking that we could master our pathetic little worlds. The forces of nature, whether they were Mom's cancer or the flood rushing by my feet, were beyond my command, and they could steal all the happiness away in a heartbeat.

Up until now, I'd put on a pretty good poker face about everything, from this insane move to the boondocks, to Mom's five-month-long battle with the illness that changed and distorted her body before my very eyes. When the end came, there wasn't much left of her, except the brittle and weak shell of her former vibrant self.

It was strange how in that moment of tragedy, it had seemed so unreal, like an old-fashioned movie reel playing on a screen for my eyes only. The pain and broken heart were blocked off for a little while, leaving me numb with disbelief. Shock is what Dad called it. But after a while, the cruel reality started to seep into my tissues, and my body became a sponge, just sucking it all up until, finally, there was so much grief inside, I couldn't help feeling it.

That's how it happened for me. First, the numbness right after she died, next the agonizing pain and then the place I was at now—the land of perpetual depression. And to top it all off, I had to pee very badly. How wonderful. Staring at the rushing water wasn't helping the situation either. Crossing my legs over, I ground my teeth together in discomfort.

"I'm glad Jerry wasn't planning to bring your horse today. I just hope by tomorrow he can get the trailer through here," Dad said as he walked by me to the moving truck.

"You've got to be kidding—surely the water will be down by then?" I half questioned and half demanded of my father. About the only thing that made this stupid move bearable was that I was looking forward to having Lady, whom I'd boarded at the J & R Stables for the past two years, finally home with me. Even if home was in the flooded sticks. Geez, this is just unbelievable, I thought, watching Sam and Justin slapping the murky water back and forth at each other.

Dad appeared from the cab of the truck and held out a water bottle for me. I vigorously shook my head and said, "I need to go to the bathroom, Dad. I'm going to walk through the water and go to the house. Are you with me?"

"Yeah, here, let me hold your hand. Your brothers haven't been swept away, but they're bigger than you."

Dad grasped my hand and together we waded out into the ice-cold water. It was pretty yucky, too, completely brown and thick with mud and debris. By midway across, it was past my knees, and the water was pushing on us. Not enough to drag us down or anything like that, but I still grasped Dad's hand tighter. Within a minute we dragged out of the water on the other side, soaking wet but one step closer to the bathroom. I hurriedly made my way up the driveway, leaving Dad behind.

I glanced back over my shoulder to see the barbarians, Sam and Justin, splash through the water like a pair of moose and hit the dry ground running. Of course, they passed by me with ease. How could they run in wet jeans like that? I gave it a quick try, and after two strides, and nearly falling on my face, decided to walk at a normal speed. I knew my limitations.

When I finally reached the rickety old front porch, I smiled smugly at the dorks who were both standing there without a way to open the door. Reaching into my pocket, I pulled out the key, dangling it in front of them. In an instant I was tackled to the ground by Sam, whom, being a year and half older than me and a football player, I was no match for. He jumped up, flicking his wrist with the keys inches above me. A smile of righteous triumph looked down at me from his face. A face that the arrogant jerk thought was good-looking, with his wide-set sky-blue eyes and Hollywood nose, topped off with a bushy head of unruly golden hair. At six foot two and well muscled, he was way too big for a seventeen-year-old. Sam never lacked for female attention.

It wasn't fair. Even my cute twelve-year-old brother, Justin, who could have been my masculine twin in coloring and facial features, was bigger than me now. I had no chance at all to win any physical matches with either of them anymore—just reinforcing my theory that the world sucked.

"Hurry up, Sam. I've got to go to the bathroom." I bounced around in place while he fumbled with the key, finally getting the door unlocked. Instead of being able to just open the door like any normal house, it took all three of us to push the stubborn, solid piece of aged wood loose of its frame. When it finally swung open, scraping across the wooden-plank floor, I was through it in a flash, running to the back of the house where I remembered the only bathroom to be. I could just hear my dad complaining that he hadn't noticed a problem with the door before, when I turned in to the bathroom.

I felt much better when I stepped out into the foyer a few moments later. Until I saw Justin pulling the decades-old spinach-green wallpaper off the plaster as if he was unwrapping a Christmas present.

"What the heck are you doing?" I nearly shouted.

"Hey, look, it's just coming off. You hardly have to pull the stuff. Isn't it cool?" Justin said in an excited voice while he continued to strip a section of the wall off in spastic motions.

"Stop it, Justin! It looks even worse now," I yelled, grabbing his arm, which immediately turned into another wrestling match I would undoubtedly lose in the end.

"Quit it, both of you—now!" Dad appeared out of nowhere, attempting to push his body between us. I was more than willing to stop, but the little jerk had a clump of my long hair in his fist, and until he let go, I wasn't going to release his ear.

"I mean it…really, you're behaving like little brats." Dad had reached his boiling point. I could tell by the way he said brats, as if he was describing two small children who'd just knocked over his favorite vase.

Just as I was getting ready to free Justin's ear, I heard a loud clearing of a throat from the screen door. We all stopped moving, and simultaneously Justin and I both let go. The three of us turned to the doorway to see an Amish man, with a long, funky chestnut beard, standing there with a look of what could only be called wide-eyed bewilderment. He was wearing a dark blue button-up shirt with the sleeves rolled to the beginning of his well-defined muscles. The black suspenders were odd, as were the old-fashioned-looking pants he was wearing. Something about the man commanded attention, though, and I straightened up further as his eyes passed over me quickly.

"I am your neighbor, Amos Miller. I thought I would come by with my sons to offer you assistance getting settled in…if you need it." He said it in a relaxed and placid way, directing all his attention to my father, who briskly crossed the floor and opened the door for the visitors.

"Oh, how nice of you, Amos. Ah…I'm David Cameron and this is my daughter, Rose, and one of my sons, Justin." Dad stopped to look around and then went on, "My other son is Sam, and he's here somewhere. I'm not sure where at the moment."

Poor Dad—how embarrassing to be caught breaking up a fight between his kids the first time he meets his new neighbors, and Amish ones at that. Dad had already informed me that we would have interesting and eccentric neighbors here in Meadow View, but this was the first time I'd been so close to any Amish people. My heart started to drum faster when my eyes met and locked on the gaze of the boy standing a little behind and to the side of Amos.

Well, he wasn't a boy; more like a young man. Amazingly, he was as tall as Sam and as well built—probably the same age, too. His hair was wavy and dark, poised on his head like on one of those European statues of the men with hardly any clothes on. You know, a little on the wild side, but still looking totally perfect. A bit of bronze streaks gave the locks a brindle effect that shone in the soft spray of late-afternoon sunlight coming through the screen door. The hair matched his warm, almond-colored eyes perfectly.

And for the first moment in a very long time, the world didn't appear entirely in the muted, hazy color of doom. As a matter of fact, it seemed to have brightened considerably in the foyer when it sunk into my hardened brain that he was really cute—like Abercrombie & Fitch poster-guy cute—with his full, curving lips and sculpted nose and cheekbones.

I suddenly became conscious of the fact that I was standing in front of him soaking wet, muddy, with my hair in wild disarray. I could even feel a large portion of the strands sticking out from my head where Justin had pulled them. Figures, I finally meet a guy who makes my heart skip a beat, and I look like the Bride of Frankenstein.

He was appraising me from head to toe with interest in his eyes, subtle, but interested. I wasn't surprised by his examination of me. I was used to guys checking me out. I discovered three years ago, when I turned thirteen and started to develop little bumps on my chest, that the opposite sex found me attractive. I had been blessed with a slender, athletic body and curves in all the right places. I'd let my thick, acorn-brown hair grow long enough to reach the top of my butt, which guys seemed to appreciate. And on more than one occasion, some member of the male species would tell me how pretty my light blue eyes were. I found it all pretty embarrassing, especially since every time I looked in a mirror, I still saw the same skinny girl with a mouthful of braces that I used to be.

The thing I wasn't used to, though, was the way this Amish guy looking at me was affecting my body. As if it had just come out of a deep hibernation—all the fluttering and tingling vibrations that were now popping up in the center of my belly were spreading out, letting me know that I really was alive, after all the troubles of the past year.

Hmm…maybe this place wouldn't be so bad after all.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    (I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-re

    (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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

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    Temptation had me in tears for Rose and Noah¿s heartbreaking rom

    Temptation had me in tears for Rose and Noah’s heartbreaking romance. I
    love forbidden romance stories! And Karen Ann Hopkins has written one
    that is truly unique, she writes with clarity and strength that pulled
    me in and hooked me.Hopkins also writes this story from both Rose and
    Noah’s point of views. This is something that I love for the author to
    do. I always enjoy seeing both sides of feelings from the two people who
    are falling in love. Rose and Noah are both fantastic characters.
    They’re strong and self-assured in who they are and their beliefs.
    Rose’s father has moved her and her two brothers Sam and Justin from a
    Cincinnati suburban life to the boondocks of Ohio called Meadowview.
    Rose’s new home is in the middle of an Amish community. Rose has never
    cared about boys or had a boyfriend, but when she meets her Amish
    neighbor Noah, her heart betrays the feisty Rose. Out of all the boys
    she could have fallen for, why did it have to be an Amish one? Noah is
    eighteen, and in the Amish way of life, it’s time he has to start
    thinking about marriage. But, none of the Amish girls have caught Noah’s
    eye or heart. Unfortunately, the girl that has is the girl who’s
    forbidden. When Rose returns her love for him, Noah is determined to
    have the forbidden girl he truly loves. Rose and Noah’s love is one
    that had me cheering for these two who are destine to be together. But
    their families and different cultures are going to be a hard one for
    them to overcome. They’re both strong in their beliefs, but their love
    will prove to be stronger, and I can’t wait for second book to find out
    just how sneaky Rose will be in order to get the guy she loves with all
    her heart. Temptation is a beautiful, forbidden romance that had me
    begging for Rose and Noah’s love to find a way to be. I highly recommend
    Temptation as a heart-melting romance.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    Give away.

    If you give this book a 5 stars and a nice short review you will be entered in a contest to win a free I phone 5c shipping will only be $3.00! Also All of these books are great! I know the author! Look up Karen Ann Hopkins to See all Three books in the series! Last Check out her new Amish mystery Lamb to the Slaughter out April first! Winner will be drawn April 15 2014! :-)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    GREAT BOOK

    This is probably the best book that i have ever read cant wait for the next one to come out!! :-)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2013

    I'll keep it short with this review, but let me tell you, I g

    I'll keep it short with this review, but let me tell you, I got more than what I expected when I read Temptation. I loved it. I was in the mood for a good love story, and I got it, and I was happy with it. I've given this book to my friends, and they've loved it. Noah was amazing, the perfect boy that I would want (*Blushes*) and I really liked Rose. I could see where she was coming from. My only peeve with her, was that she would cry, and maybe that's because I'm not really a crier. But either way, I loved the book, and can't wait for the second one. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    Amazing

    This book is very touching and inspirng and i cant wait till the next book comes out. Karren is very wonderful at discribing the ways of life through the eyes of the amish and ties it in with a love story. To read this book and then meet the author in person is truly a dream come true!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Loved it <3

    Cant wait for her next book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Great book!

    I really enjoyed this one. I can't wait for the next one. Love this author.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

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    Temptation was a great story about forbidden love and the length

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    The best of two worlds: Young Adult and Amish fiction My Rating

    The best of two worlds: Young Adult and Amish fiction

    My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

    Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic file of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

    My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I absolutely adore young adult fiction and Amish fiction, and so when I saw that my two favorite genres were combined, to say I was ecstatic is an understatement.

    I went into this novel with really high expectations. I love the premise, I loved the genre, and I absolutely adored the cover. I went in expecting to be wowed. That's exactly what happened.

    I absolutely love books about forbidden romance and knowing how impossible this relationship was...I had to read it.

    I loved Hopkins' writing style. She drew me in from the very first page. Her writing was compelling and intriguing. I absolutely adored her writing style. And then there was the plot line, I've already said I adored the general gist of the plot. However, the way Hopkins weaved her story was incredible. I fell in love with the characters and the story from the very beginning.

    As for the main characters Noah and Rose, at times they annoyed me, but on the whole I thoroughly enjoyed reading about them. I loved watching them as they struggled to work out their emotions and love for each other.

    Their love at times seemed slightly shallow, but that didn't bug me as much as I thought it would. And they gave up so much because of their love for each other.

    This book definitely falls more on the young adult side then the Amish side, but I absolutely adored the tale. I can't wait to see what happens in the sequel and will definitely be keeping this tabs on this novel.

    In Summary: Basically, this book is the best of both worlds: Amish and young adult fiction combined into one incredibly written novel. Hopkins has artfully crafted a compelling novel that had me hooked from page one. I can't wait to see what's next.

    The Wrap-up: I loved this novel. It combined two of my favorite genres which rarely happens. So when it does, I celebrate. This book was intriguing and brilliantly crafted. I definitely recommend this book.

    Love,

    Danica Page

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  • Posted July 17, 2012

    This is such a great book...I LOVE it!!! Karen did a wonderful j

    This is such a great book...I LOVE it!!! Karen did a wonderful job of telling this love story. I like the way she tells it (alternately) from Noah's and Rose's point of view. I also enjoyed all the intriguing details of the Amish society.

    I may be getting ahead of myself here, but I think it'll make a great movie as well! I would DEFINITELY go see it!

    I'm sooo looking forward to reading the sequel to this book!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted April 21, 2014

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    I loved this sweet, innocent romance...

    I adored this book so, so very much. I loved Noah even though at times he drove me mad. But his simple ways was a huge selling point. There are days I think of how great it would be to shed all the unnecessary items of the modern world and just be. Just be. That is all. No cell phones, no reality crap tv, no distractions. But then there are days I realize I'd be a fish out of water, gasping for air (technology) begging for the use of my cell phone and car.

    Yes, I did mention that Noah drove me mad. So here is the deal. Noah and Rose's relationship escalates rather quickly. But that is just how it is for Noah and his people. Rose has the excuse that she is only 16. I remember being the exact same way at that age. I just knew I was going to marry my first love (also a forbidden relationship) and we'd be happy ever after. (We didn't, and I couldn't be happier.) But anyhow, the immediate love is not my problem. No, that all falls on Noah. The boy expects Rose to do all the sacrificing in the name of love. He wants her to leave her family and everything she has ever known to become Amish. Never once did he even remotely consider doing it himself and become English, besides in a fleeting thought. That is what made me mad.

    But this was a brilliant and amazing love story because even though both were so wrong for each other in the eyes of their world, they still loved each other and fought for a way to be together. Even at their lowest, they still held out for the smallest of hope that it would all work out in the end. And that hope is what kept me reading and reading to the end. I had to know would if it work out. Would they still feel the same at the end? It definitely is an addicting storyline that is for sure.

    4 Stars and I look forward to when I can start the next book in the series. I have to know if the choices that were made were for the best or if there is change coming. It worries me and excites me where the book left off for what is to come.

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  • Posted January 14, 2014

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    "That was the problem with English girls ¿ they did what th

    &quot;That was the problem with English girls – they did what they wanted. But then again, maybe that was one of the things that made Rose so intriguing… and dangerous to me.&quot;

    Admittedly, I'm a little late to the party, but can I just tell you how much I absolutely adored this book? Wow. It was my first &quot;Amish book,&quot; so I really had no idea what to expect. I don't know a whole lot about the Amish people, but what was spelled out in this book certainly seemed to align with what I knew, so it seemed realistic. It was easy to forget that Noah was Amish and Rose was English when they were together… until another big difference in their cultures was revealed. I couldn't put this book down. I wanted… needed… to know what would happen with them. Also, for the record, I think Noah is my favorite boy name ever.

    &quot;I had fallen in love with this Amish boy, and I couldn't do anything about it. He would forever own my heart.&quot;

    Yes there was instalove and a fair bit of angst, but I found the love story believable and the angst realistic and understandable. Rose was a great protagonist. I could really feel how torn she was between her love for Noah and her desire for the freedom she's always known. Noah was sweet and strong, super sexy (I can't believe I just typed that word to describe an Amish teenager.) and very obviously conflicted. The secondary characters were intriguing (I can't wait for Ella to get hers.) Sarah and Sam were two of my favorites. While Sam frustrated me at times, there was no doubt he had his sister's best interests in mind. Sarah was sweet; a great sister to Noah and a great friend to Rose.

    These characters – and this book – made me feel all the feels. I have to apologize for this review being such a short one, but a) I don't want to give anything away and b) I NEED to move on to the second book. I just have to see what's next for my new favorite couple.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the ARC and may be different in the final version.

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  • Posted September 1, 2013

    Temptation is the first book in the Temptation series by Karen A

    Temptation is the first book in the Temptation series by Karen Ann Hopkins. There's nothing I like more than a forbidden romance, and the relationship between Rose and Noah is definitely forbidden. He is Amish, and Rose is an “English girl”. After Rose's mother dies, her dad moves her and her brothers to Meadowview. Their new neighbors are an Amish family, and Rose falls for Noah – one of the sons.

    These two fall very quickly for each other. Their secret romance isn't easy considering Amish people aren't supposed to spend time with non-Amish people. Heck, the boys aren't suppose to look at or speak to a girl unless they are courting. I really enjoyed reading about the Amish ways. Their rules were frustrating to me, but it was still really interesting. The way they live is so different from the way most of us are used to. I thought that some of the book felt slow moving – yet that somehow felt right with it being an Amish novel.

    Rose was a great character. She is the feisty type. Noah is fascinated by her because she is so different from the Amish girls. I really liked Noah's character too. There were times when I thought he was too controlling, but that is just the way he was raised. I'm actually surprised that Rose put up with some of it.

    It was only a matter of time before they were caught. It's something you know is going to happen, you just don't know when. It's heartbreaking when their love is torn apart like that. Rose, being only 16, considers a choice that will make a huge impact on her life.

    I'm glad this is a series. I can't wait to see how things will play out. I'm also interested in reading more about some of the background characters. If you love sweet young adult romances, then I definitely recommend this book.

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  • Posted August 19, 2013

    I love Amish fiction. I especially love the romances involved in

    I love Amish fiction. I especially love the romances involved in Amish fiction. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one, because the description is so intriguing!

    I was thrown off in the beginning, because I am used to reading Beverly Lewis. Her way of presenting the Amish and their voice is quite different from how Karen Ann Hopkins portrayed them in this book. To me, Noah often seemed very much like any typical high school guy that Rose would run into at school or in the community. Hormones were raging, causing them to take actions that are considered highly inappropriate in the Amish community, such as a lot of making out. Sometimes, the words that he used were definitely very contemporary and not at all what you would expect form an Amish teen. I was also thrown off by the lack of Pennsylvania Dutch thrown into conversations among the Amish people. However, if I was new to reading Amish fiction, and especially at the YA level, this would have made him a little easier to relate to. Once I got used to his contemporary English way of speaking, I was able to better focus on the story.

    I think that Karen hit on a lot of the ideals of the Amish community, their beliefs and customs. I loved the explanations of how this community worked and felt like I learned something new about some Amish customs. While fundamentally they are the same, different groups have slightly different beliefs and customs. This community was described as being closer to where I grew up, but not where most of the novels I have read take place.

    Some of Noah's ideas were tough for me to swallow. I am a fiercely independent woman and would have a hard time with a man dictating to me what I can do and whom I can see. But that is a part of his culture. What seems old-fashioned to us is completely natural for them. I could appreciate Rose's struggle with many of these. I often found myself wondering what I would do if I were in her shoes. Could I ever love someone enough to succumb to those rules?

    On the other hand, Rose's English world is a lot for Noah to swallow. Women are much more independent. People are educated longer and much freer with their thoughts and actions. It's overwhelming to someone who has been relatively sheltered his whole life. He isn't prepared for life with the Englischers.

    The star-crossed love between the two reminded me a bit of Romeo and Juliet. Just like that famous couple, these two fall madly in love with each other at first sight, despite being so young. It's like they were meant to be together. They don't know how to live without each other, yet have a hard time being together. They come from two totally different worlds. Their parents, friends, and families do not approve. They are extremely young to have such intense feelings, but that does happen sometimes. Trying to be together is going to require a major sacrifice on their parts. But which way of living is the right way? They can't maintain a relationship with one foot firmly planted in each world. Someone is going to have to give up his or her way of living and adapt to something completely foreign. Can two people this young be able to make such dramatic life changes in order to make this relationship work?

    I'm not sure which direction I want them to go. I don't know if the answer is for Noah to give up his Amish ways and try to make it as an Englishman. I don't know if it is right for Rose to give up her family and dancing and independence to become Amish. I'm not going to tell you which path these two end up taking. This is the first book in the series, so their roller coaster ride is only just getting started. They may have to backtrack and take a different route in the next book. I can't wait to read the next book to find out where they are going, and will want to finish the series, too!

    I received a complimentary ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted August 16, 2013

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    'Temptation' is the first book in a young adult contemporary rom

    'Temptation' is the first book in a young adult contemporary romance series that focuses on our main characters - Rose and Noah. Rose and her family have just moved into the rural community of Meadowview, Ohio and are now neighbors with Noah's family. The attraction between Noah and Rose is immediate for both of them, but they have only a small idea of all the obstacles that are in their path if they truly want to be together. Because Noah and his family are Amish - and Rose and her family are not.

    This was an interesting contemporary romance that focused a lot on the beliefs and lifestyle of the Amish people and how they interact with outsiders - also known to them as the English. I found it fascinating to learn about their culture and their daily lives along with their strict rules and beliefs. Living in rural Pennsylvania, I'm no stranger to the Amish people, so I was already familiar with most of what the novel spoke of. The characters were well done, especially the main characters of Rose and Noah - although they did seem a bit cliched at times. Rose is an independent, opinionated teenage girl with a fierce temper, sharp wit, and lots of passion about everything in her life. Noah is the quiet and obedient guy who is of course gorgeous as well. He's strong, loyal, devoted to his faith and his family, and protective. There was definite &quot;instalove&quot; between the two of them, which I found to be kind of cheesy at times. I mostly loved the romantic aspects of their relationship and I was definitely rooting for them to be together despite all the obstacles in front of them. The book is told from alternating points of view going between Rose and Noah. I liked that the story is told this way because the reader gets and inside view into each of the character's thoughts and feelings along with how they each view the same occurrences. The writing was well done with a natural flow and a great pace that had me quickly reading through the book. I enjoyed the ending and I'm definitely intrigued at what the next book will bring. I definitely would recommend this book to fans of YA contemporary fiction, especially ones that differ from the ordinary.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    Forbidden romance intrigues me. Mostly I've been reading about i

    Forbidden romance intrigues me. Mostly I've been reading about it in paranormal romances, so I was interested in seeing where a contemporary forbidden romance would take me. Within the first couple chapters, I began to feel that this book wasn't for me; however, I wanted to give the characters a chance (to grow and mature). They ended up taking me places I didn't want to go.

    When he notices Rose's unhealthy attraction to Noah, her older brother Sam warns her that it won't work out. He's genuinely concerned for her and tries to be the mother that they no longer have. At the same time, Noah's father reminds him not to get close to the &quot;English&quot; girl, as she's a bad influence (on his Amish traditions). Again, a family member concerned for his own. Both Rose and Noah, however, dismiss their family's concern for them, believing that they know more. The two of them fail to consider how they can be together when they come from such different worlds. Rose believes that she can convert Noah to English while Noah believes that Rose loves him enough to become Amish. It's frustrating how the two of them expect the other to give up what they aren't willing to give up themselves. I'm especially angry at Noah because he tells Rose that she is the one with the power to keep their relationship when he could just as easily leave his own family as he can ask her to give up hers, but why put the responsibility in her hands when he's the man and two years older? The things he thinks about her after she makes her first decision officially earned him the title of jerk. He may be eighteen, but he's not mature at all.

    Rose and Noah are attracted to each other from the beginning. It isn't unusual to meet someone, think they're hot, and feel the chemistry. However, their relationship progresses rather quickly. Within a couple dates, the two of them are kissing each other rather passionately, and Rose realizes why her brother warns her not to be alone with a guy somewhere secluded like the woods. She still meets up with Noah. In fact, she always wants to kiss him. She seems a bit too eager to be in this relationship when she doesn't know where it will go. At one point, she even asks Noah to run away with her, that life with her family wouldn't be worth it without him. That's probably where I lost all respect for her. She's been with her family longer than Noah, and they all want the best for her. Can she so easily ditch them for a guy, even one she loves as much as Noah? Rose is sixteen and hasn't been in such a serious relationship with a guy before, and I'm wondering if she knows what she's getting into.

    In a different novel, my favorite character would be the heroine, and her love would be sweet and handsome and wonderful. However, my favorite character in this novel was the one I would have labeled the jerk elsewhere. Sam is a jerk for making his sister go to parties and hang out with guys she doesn't like; however, I can see that he means well and genuinely tries to do best by his little sister. On the other hand, Noah loves Rose, but he makes decisions for her based off Amish traditions and his own security. He doesn't want to become English because he has much to gain financially by staying with his family, and he expects Rose to see things his way when she was raised in a different world. And he thinks that Rose is the material one?

    While this is a story about forbidden love, I wasn't expecting it to be so romance-centric (silly of me, I know). I guess I expected to see more of the couple's life outside of each other fleshed out, so we can have a better feel for their respective situations. Temptation did not turn out to be the book for me.

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

    I've read quite a few Christian novels in my time, but NONE of t

    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 &quot;Christian&quot; 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 &quot;love-at-first-sight&quot;. 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 &quot;English&quot; 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 &quot;ending&quot;.

    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.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    The Amish culture is one that has always fascinated me. I admire

    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&rsquo;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&rsquo;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&rsquo;s families do things.

    If you do not know much about the Amish culture, please don&rsquo;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!

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

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    I was torn about what to rate this one. Did it keep me turning

    I was torn about what to rate this one. Did it keep me turning pages, even when I should have been doing other things? Yes. Do I want to read book two? Yes. Was I crazy about the main characters and their plight? Not 100%--hence my hesitation in assigning a set rating to this one. The premise was interesting--Amish boy, decidedly non-Amish girl, forbidden romance--very Romeo and Juliet-ish, though the barrier was cultural rather than a family feud. That could be part of my issue with this book--I am perhaps the only English teacher in existence who cannot stand that play. (And that would be a big reason why I stick to middle school instead of high school.) Insta-love combined with the &quot;I-cannot-survive-without-him/her-for-the-rest-of-my-life&quot; shtick...I didn't like it in 14th century Verona, and I'm not crazy about it in modern times either. For both Rose and Noah, it is their very first relationship. They are both about as inexperienced as you can get. I thought their attraction was understandable--attractive new neighbor, the lure of the unknown and the temptation of doing something forbidden--but didn't quite &quot;get&quot; that they instantly decided that this relationship was going to be THE ONE. On the one hand, Noah's state of mind makes a certain amount of sense, since his parents have been pressuring him--his culture expects him to marry within the community soon. Rose's, though, expects her to finish high school and go on to college. The jump for her from &quot;hey, cute guy next door&quot; to &quot;we must be together forever&quot; seemed a bit quick, even for a teenager in the age of Twilight. Overall I thought her behavior was far too immature and at times wondered just what Noah saw in her. The preview of book two at the end didn't really do much to convince me that she's going to grow up any time soon either, unfortunately. Still, though, this book did interest me enough that I do want to see what the author has in store for these two.

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