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Temptation by Kathryn Barrett:

Holt Medallion Winner – MAINSTREAM / SINGLE TITLE – Winner.
Golden Quill BEST FIRST NOVEL winner.

Laura Hayes has been acting since she was an infant, making Hollywood the only home she has ever known. But when she moves to Pennsylvania's Amish country to film her next movie, she discovers


Temptation by Kathryn Barrett:

Holt Medallion Winner – MAINSTREAM / SINGLE TITLE – Winner.
Golden Quill BEST FIRST NOVEL winner.

Laura Hayes has been acting since she was an infant, making Hollywood the only home she has ever known. But when she moves to Pennsylvania's Amish country to film her next movie, she discovers there's more to life than a pair of Jimmy Choos and a Marie Claire cover.

Intrigued by the Amish simplicity, she's soon gardening and baking plum pies—and enjoying it. And when her neighbor turns out to be the local heartthrob and a talented furniture maker, she realizes that what's missing from her life might be the love of a good man—not to mention the perfect heirloom tomato.

Jacob fights the urge to question the teachings of his Amish beliefs—despite his desire to create furniture that is beautiful as well as useful—and struggles with his longing for the sexy stranger who makes him feel truly alive for the first time. As his attraction grows, so do his doubts, until he's forced to face temptation and decide once and for all what is truly worth the fight.

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By Kathryn Barrett, Libby Murphy

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God regularly sent temptation to the town of Serenity, in the form of power tools, brightly colored sewing notions, and a new Super Wal-Mart. But when Hollywood arrived, some felt He'd upped the ante. Their loud SUVs, loose wads of cash, and flashy Englisher ways made the tourists who regularly flocked to Amish country seem reserved in comparison.

Of course, there were some who'd cashed in on the invasion, including old Levi Yoder, who offered his preserves at twice the price he'd charged before. But after Deacon Malachi preached against price gouging, the rest hung their heads in shame for even thinking of tacking on a Hollywood surcharge.

Though few of the Amish had ever seen a movie, and even fewer read celebrity gossip columns, the aura of Hollywood still sparkled like forbidden stardust. Yet one woman had no trouble seeing through the stardust to the illusion underneath.

The first time Rachel Hostetler had seen Laura Hayes stepping out of a red Jeep and into her neat and tidy yard, she'd known she was trouble. An English Delilah, wearing tight jeans, high-heeled boots, and a chic attitude. Rachel frowned over the shirts she was hanging on the line, but she was no match for such undaunted optimism.

With the air of one who'd never let a critic's opinion stop her, the woman ignored the frown on Rachel's lined face and instead gave her a friendly wave, and one of those generous smiles the English give to strangers.

"Hi! Can you tell me where I could find Jacob Hostetler?" she asked, pulling sunglasses from a face that radiated cheerful perfection.

Rachel snapped a clothespin. "He'll be in the workshop this time of day." Then she found herself pointing out the way to Jacob's workshop, and even hoping this Englisher would place a large order. They could use a new wringer washer.

Later she'd regret so freely giving up her son's whereabouts, but on this day, weeks before filming began on The Temptation of Hannah, Rachel had simply conspired with God's plans.

* * *

Laura, unaware of Rachel's misgivings, and even more ignorant of God's intentions, twirled on her heels and headed toward a large barn-like structure.

Inside, an awful screeching greeted her, the sound of wood being slaughtered by some sort of tool. The man wielding the instrument of destruction didn't see her, his head bent over his work. Laura looked her fill. A suspender had fallen from one shoulder, and his blue shirt was covered with sawdust, as was his hair — was it blond? — and his dark trousers. She could almost hear his deltoids as they shoved the plane back and forth over the wood, filing away the cumbersome shape that resembled a headboard.

While Laura waited for him to notice her, she looked around. The space was filled with furniture in various stages of completion: bed frames, armoires, desks, tables, and chairs, each a simple work of artistry even her untrained eye could appreciate.

Clean tools hung on a pegboard, next to a Dry-Erase board with schedules worked out in careful handwriting — surprisingly modern touches for an Amish workshop. There was even a phone on the desk. But no electric lights shone, just lanterns hanging where their light could illuminate the work area. She breathed in, savoring the scent of fresh wood, and sneezed.

The noise stopped abruptly, and the man looked up at her with startled eyes.

"Hi. Are you Jacob Hostetler?"

"Ja — yes, I am Jacob Hostetler," he said.

Laura caught her breath. Unlike most Amish men she'd seen, this one didn't have a beard hiding his chin. She took a moment to admire his strong jaw sprinkled with sawdust, firm lips, and eyes the color of flax blossoms. A dreamboat. An Amish dreamboat, she corrected.

Still ... she couldn't help appreciating the muscular chest traced by his suspenders, muscles that came from hard work, not the latest high-intensity interval training.

"What can I do for you?" he asked, his voice slightly accented with measured vowels, deep consonants. Melodic, like a sensual ballad ...

She pulled her thoughts back from where they very definitely shouldn't be.

"I'm looking for a cradle. Sam Zimmerman said you'd have one."

He nodded. "And Sam would have been speaking the truth yesterday. Today I have no cradles."

"Oh, darn. I was really hoping ... I need it soon, you see."

His glance fell to her midsection.

"Not for me," she said. "For my sister. She's having a baby next month." She gave him a smile, one that had won her countless roles. All she wanted was a sturdy, well-built cradle, and she had a feeling this man could grant that wish.

"Someone bought the last cradle yesterday. Maybe you should try Peter Chubb over at Bird-in-Hand."

"But I heard you were the best." She gave him another winsome smile and considered fluttering her eyelashes. Charm, however, didn't seem to be going over very well. Not even a trace of interest in those incredible blue eyes. Maybe the Amish were immune.

He shook his head. "I am afraid Zimmerman told you a whopper. I'm only the second best cradle maker. Maybe even third." He rubbed the wood he was planing. "Now, if it was a bed you wanted ..."

"You'd make me a bed?"

"Ja. That I can do."

"But not a cradle."

"Cradles are for making in the winter. They're small; I can put them together inside the house in the evening. There's no sense heating the two places. Now it's spring, I can make you a bed, or an armoire. Something for your electronic equipment, maybe. But no cradle."

Laura decided he was being stubborn, and she knew how to deal with stubborn. She widened her eyes and gave him her best pathetic look, then added the words that never failed to get results. "I'll pay extra. Twice what you normally charge."

He shook his head. "A cradle is not worth that. Now, if you want to talk to Peter —"

"But he's not here ..." She waited a beat, then added, "and you are. I can wait — maybe a week. Can't you make me one tiny little cradle? Please?" Pretty please with sugar on top, she pleaded silently.

He wiped his cheeks with a nearby rag and a layer of dust fell off, revealing a face that belonged on a movie poster. Finally he said, with a reluctant edge to his voice, "Ben Troyer says we're in for a cold snap by the end of next week. So I suppose I can make this cradle for you. You want oak or ash?"

"What's the difference?"

"Ash is lighter, not so much wood grain. Here." He picked up a yellow piece of wood. "This is ash. See?" His finger traced the smooth lines. "Not so sturdy as oak, but a cradle won't be used hard, like a chair or a bed."

Laura could swear he blushed. He really was adorable. But not for her, she reminded herself.

"Ash, then," she agreed. "I can give you a number where I'm staying — or why don't I just stop by again in a week?" she added, remembering that the Amish didn't use telephones except in emergencies.

Jacob nodded, and began filling out an order form. He didn't even blink when she told him her name. Not that unusual, especially among the Amish. Laura glanced around the shop, tantalized by the sight of gracefully sculpted furniture in the corners. She wished she had time to explore the shop and this man, who, despite his gruff manner, had the appearance of an archangel. She told herself it was simply research — she'd spent a week with the Amish, but had yet to find out what made them tick.

Before she could find that out, or ask about the pieces of furniture that enticed her from the rear of the shop, a little blond boy raced through the door.

"Dat! There's a red truck outside. Just like we saw in —" He slid to a stop when he saw Laura.

"Daniel, say hello to Laura Hayes. It is her red truck you saw."

"Hello, Daniel." She held out a hand, enchanted by the boy. Ear-length hair poked below the brim of a hat that seemed too big for his head, a suspender trailed over one shoulder, and scuffed boots showed beneath pants that ended at his ankles. "It's not really my car. I'm just renting it for a while. Would you like to see inside?"

Before Daniel could answer, Jacob shook his head. "You have chores to do. Grandmother will be needing you in the house."

Laura had the feeling she'd just crossed the imaginary line that separated the Amish from their neighbors. While they were friendly and unfailingly courteous, they were as leery of strangers as any modern parents.

"Yes, Dat." Daniel left, but not before giving Laura a look filled with curiosity.

Laura watched him go. "He speaks English well," she said to Jacob.

"He picked it up from our visits into town."

Laura knew the Amish spoke Pennsylvania Deitsch, a form of German, in their homes, and children didn't learn English until they went to school. "He must be very bright."

Jacob looked up, his expression inscrutable. "He's as hardheaded as any five-year-old boy." Dismissing the compliment as if it were blasphemy, he said, "I'll have the cradle finished by next week. You can pick it up then."

Laura bit her lip. "I may have to leave town for a few days ... but I'll be happy to pay for shipping."

Jacob nodded. "I'll ship it, then. You can write the address on the invoice."

When Laura reached for a pen to fill out the form, she noticed a book on the desk, half hidden under a pile of receipts. She tilted her head to read the title: The Life of Frank Lloyd Wright.

"Interesting book?" she asked, passing the form to him.

His gaze met hers and for a minute she thought he would agree, or launch into a book review, but instead he banked his interest and shrugged. "It passes the time."

"He built beautiful homes. I've toured Fallingwater, near Pittsburgh."

"He only dreamed them," Jacob replied. "Someone else built them."

He handed her the invoice, signed with his neat signature. "You'll have your cradle in a week."

* * *

The scent of springtime evaporated when Laura Hayes left his workshop. Jacob swiped at the dust on his jaw, hoping it hadn't dropped open like Daniel's when he'd gawked at the red Jeep in the driveway.

With a soft cloth, he pried the sawdust that had accumulated along the edge of his handsaw. He glanced at the lumber stacked against one wall, wondering if he had enough ash boards to make the cradle for Laura Hayes. She'd had the air of one used to getting what she desired, a notion that usually brought out Jacob's stubborn streak, but for some reason he'd wanted to please her. She reminded him of a beautiful child who gathered blessings like dandelion blossoms, all too easily spoiled.

But it wasn't any of his business. The woman had come to buy a cradle, and a cradle she'd get.

He hung the saw back in its place on the pegboard and checked his pocket watch; another twenty minutes until his mother would have dinner ready. He opened a drawer and pulled out an old calculus text and a spiral bound notebook. Sitting at his desk, he opened the book, sharpened a pencil, and began to read. The problems were difficult — especially for someone with only an eighth grade education — but Jacob plowed through them the same way old Jonas Lapp plowed his back twenty acres. Methodically, reverently, as if the intricacies of higher math were his calling.

Although calculus wasn't taught in the one-room schoolhouse he'd attended, a working knowledge of differential equations was necessary, he'd found, in predicting the bending ability of the various woods he used. He designed much of his own furniture, inspired by the artisans of the Arts and Crafts movement, as well as simple Amish design.

The bishop wouldn't have approved of his book learning, but Jacob had come to an agreement with the bishop long ago. In fact, he'd often suspected Bishop Beiler had a soft spot for him — though he'd never go so far as to bend the rules of the Ordnung.

He'd had time to read one page before he heard steps approaching. It was his mother, sounding out of breath. "Jacob! Is Daniel with you?"

"No. I haven't seen him since the English woman left."

"He's not in the house, or the horse shed. I have searched everywhere."

"He could have gone over to visit Aaron. With no school today, he probably just got bored."

"He would not go without permission."

Jacob knew she was right, but before the logic could work into fear, he pushed it away. Daniel was probably hiding, just like Jacob had done when he was a boy with five sisters to plague him. Of course Daniel had no sisters, or brothers, either — maybe he had gone to Aaron's, after all.

"He probably just forgot he was a well-behaved boy. Sometimes that happens." Jacob thought of the books in his desk, ordered from a mail order source he'd accessed from the computer in the library. Yes, sometimes a person just forgot the rules.

"I'll walk over to Donner's farm. You check the shed again. Maybe he's found where Susie hid her kittens."

Rachel shook her head, worry slicing new lines in her forehead. She'd lost a child before — Jacob's only brother — when he fell into a corn silo before Jacob was born. Farms could be dangerous places for little boys.

Minutes later, Jacob hurried across the field his brother-in-law now farmed, wet with last night's rain. The freshly plowed mud tugged at his boots, slowing him down, until it felt as if he were taking a never-ending nightmarish journey. There were no small boot tracks in the mud, just the leftover stubble of corn stalks and an eerie silence that fed the fear in his heart.

When he arrived at the Donner's, six children of various ages were planting spring onions in the large garden plot, but Daniel wasn't one of them. Aaron hadn't seen him since yesterday. A wasted trip, except Donner returned the plunge router he'd borrowed. Seeing Jacob's worry, Marvin Donner told him, "I'll send Ben back with you. He can come back and get us if you haven't found him. We'll all help you look."

"I'm grateful for the offer. Surely he's just hiding somewhere."

But when he arrived back home, Rachel met him across the yard. "He's not here. I've looked everywhere. Our Daniel is gone."

This time, Jacob let the fear grab hold. He prayed, silently, to a God he knew very well would as soon take a child as he had once taken the child's mother.

Beside him, Rachel, her kapp askew from her frantic searching, moved her mouth in a whispered prayer:

Dear Gott, please, do not take this child from me!

* * *

Laura parked the Jeep at the bed and breakfast where she was staying in Philadelphia. Thinking of the calls she needed to make, she almost left her purchases in the back, but at the last minute she opened the rear cargo door.

From one end of the Ohio Star quilt she'd bought, a blond head was sticking out. From the other end stretched a familiar pair of tiny brown boots. She lifted the quilt. Daniel, the boy from the Hostetlers', lay sound asleep underneath, like Little Boy Blue gone astray.

She'd kidnapped him — accidentally, of course — but still, a wave of guilt flooded her. Poor kid. Her radio had been on too loud to hear so much as a sniffle, and he'd probably been too scared to get her attention.

He must have crawled into her car while she was talking to his father. His family would be frantic — she should call them. But then she remembered they wouldn't have a phone in their home. The quickest way to relieve their fears would be to drive this little guy back home, as fast as possible.

She nudged his shoulder gently. "Daniel, honey, wake up."

He yawned, and rubbed his eyes sleepily. A delivery truck lumbered by, then squealed its brakes at the stop sign. Daniel sat up and blinked, looking around at the city street. With a voice that quivered only slightly, he said, "Are we in Strasburg?"

"No, sweetie, we're in Philadelphia. But I'm going to take you back home, right now. Your parents are probably worried sick about you."

"We went for a ride?"

"A long ride. You must have climbed into my car. Do you remember?"

He nodded. "I wanted to see inside. Then the car started moving and I was afraid." He looked at her with eyes as blue as Delft porcelain, slightly unfocused from sleep. "Where's my dat? My grossmutter?"


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Meet the Author

Kathryn Barrett reluctantly put aside childhood dreams of becoming an author and took a more practical approach, majoring in Business Administration in college. But after marrying an Air Force officer, she realized a career in high finance didn't suit an itinerant lifestyle. She happily returned to her first love, writing stories that feature larger-than-life characters, family relationships, and of course, a happy ending.

Having lived all over the United States, Kathryn and her family now live in England, just outside London. She enjoys walking her dog in the Chiltern hills and exploring crumbling castles, and only occasionally reads the Financial Times.

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Temptation 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
A story of forbidden love, self-discovery and following your heart. What's better than reading a tale of forbidden love?Temptation is more than a story of two people who should have never crossed paths,let alone fall in love.It's a story of questioning:your choices,your path,& your faith. I found it to be beautiful & provocative. Temptation asks "What happens when a Hollywood actress falls in love with the Amish man next door?" The answer? "It's complicated." One of the aspects I loved about the story was,it never felt contrived to believe Laura & Jacob could actually fall in love.Laura,who's in town to shoot a movie,isn't the conventional starlet.Acting since she was a baby,she wants more;a home,personal fulfillment,love.Sensing she might find this in Pennsylvania,she buys a home among the Amish community.Jacob,being a kind man who wants to be a good neighbor,helps Laura as she learns to take care of home & garden.A talented furniture maker,Laura buys some of his pieces, they begin to form a friendship.This is frowned upon among an unmarried man & woman,forbidden between an Amish man & English woman.As the two become friends,it's clear the two could fall in love.Laura wants to be with Jacob,build a life with him.Jacob,though he loves Laura,is bound by his duties to God,family,faith. Laura is looked upon as a temptress,she sometimes is.She quickly falls in love with Jacob,& is desperate to be with him.She walked a line of showing him what they could have together,& pushing him too far.Laura is so lonely.She should have this huge,glamorous life,but what she wants is true love.What's really interesting,& helped keep her from becoming a too much was she didn't want Jacob to leave his religion for her,she wanted him to do it for himself. Jacob was simply wonderful.I feel weird saying this,but I've never considered a deeply religious man to be a really good leading man in a story.That's not a knock towards religion,I grew up in a religion that is very strict. But the author did a wonderful job of portraying Jacob as simply a man.A man who is ruled by his beliefs & duties,but still human, with doubts & desires.Jacob has always been content with his life.A widower with a young son,he has found his calling in building magnificent pieces of furniture.When he meets Laura,Jacob feels the passion that has always been missing in his life.When the church elders forbid his making of beautiful furniture,Jacob obeys,but loses a piece of his soul.He begins to question everything in his life.Does God really care if his work isn't Plain?Is appearance more important than what is in a person's heart? Why can't he love a woman outside of his faith? Jacob's spiritual journey was so beautifully written,showing a man who decides whether or not to follow his heart. Temptation held my heart while I read it.I know that sounds melodramatic, but guys,I put my whole heart into reading books this good.I wanted Jacob and Laura to get their happy ending,but I also wanted Jacob to be true to himself.To make the decision not only for the woman he loves,but also because it is what's right for him. Doing otherwise wouldn't have him being the man Laura has fallen in love with. Kathryn Barrett handled these decisions perfectly,did her characters justice.It's unclear until the end what Jacob decides,but once that time comes,it is perfect for the characters & the story.What an epilogue!Temptation was a enchanting story of a forbidden love,&choosing to take a bite
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
 Laura Hayes is in Pennsylvania where her latest movie, The Temptation of Hannah, is being filmed.  She is playing the part of an Amish woman, and where better to be than in the midst of Amish country.  The Amish are known for their furniture building and Laura has found out that Jacob Hostetler is considered one of the best craftsman around.  When she pulls up at his house to inquire about a cradle for her sister's new baby, the last thing she expects is to be completely taken by this swoon-worthy Amish man.  Jacob is a widower and has a small son, Daniel.  Laura is very attracted to Jacob, and though Jacob doesn't want to admit it, he feels the same way towards Laura.  Because he knows this type of relationship is forbidden by his religion, he tries his hardest to stay away from her and keep things platonic, but every time they turn around something happens that throws them together.  Jacob also helps Laura start her garden, something she soon finds to be one of the most enjoyable things she has ever done.  Laura also discovers that her attraction to Jacob goes much deeper, he has become her friend.  She comes to realize that the life she has lead has left an empty hole, a hole that Jacob fills.  Laura finds herself much like Eve in the garden, a temptress, and Jacob finds it very hard to resist the apple she is offering.  He also finds that his feelings for Laura are much deeper than mere attraction also.  Unfortunately, the Amish community is not happen about the film and it results in many of them refusing to have anything to do with Laura, and Laura even finds herself being threatened, not only by someone there wanting her to leave, but also by her ex-husband.  Meanwhile, Jacob is also questioning his faith and many of the little things regarding it that are really bothering him.  When circumstances finally crescendo, Jacob must decide if he is willing to choose love over his Amish way of life.  I thoroughly enjoyed temptation.  It is obvious that Kathryn Barrett has invested a lot of time and research into the Amish way of life and has done an excellent job in conveying that in her story.  I loved both Laura and Jacob.  There was definitely chemistry between them, and though the temptation was definitely there, it wasn't something that Jacob didn't take lightly.  The relationship transpired over months, building friendship, as well as love.  Kathryn Barrett also did a wonderful job in conveying the members of the Amish society, their different characteristics, and their beliefs, enabling you to feel like you got to know them as individuals and not such as "Amish."  I loved the romance between Laura and Jacob.  This story of an English woman and an Amish man falling in love, and all the hardships and challenges they face along the way was very enjoyable, and kept me interested from start to finish.  The book also ended very well, and there is a fantastic epilogue, which left me feeling very satisfied and happy about where the story went.  If you are a romance lover, then you definitely should check out Temptation.  
shirley_frances More than 1 year ago
Lovely story of second chances Laura is in location in Amish country for her next film. She feels strongly about the character she'll be playing and wants to portray her as authentically as she can, so she delves into the culture and its people to learn more about them. What she discovers is herself being attracted to Jacob, a widowed, Amish carpenter and a need to simplify her life and find herself. When I first read the blurb I was immediately drawn to the story about the forbidden love between a Hollywood actress and an Amish man. Although the premise was a great one I have to say that it wasn't everything I had hope for. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed the way the author, Kathryn Barrett, went about bringing the Amish aspect to the story, but there were some issues I found I could not overlook. First, try as I might I could not connect to Laura in any way. She came across as selfish woman who was oblivious to Jacob's struggles. She was determined to have her way no matter the cost, without even thinking of sacrificing her career or her lifestyle over Jacob. I could not get over that, she didn't even consider the possibility, she just expected Jacob to leave everything he's ever known for her. Pfffft! Also, although I enjoyed the fact that she was an actress, I did not need a play by play of the scenes she was filming. I still can't see what it brought to the story, only that it confused me to suddenly find myself reading what Hannah was doing and thinking. I think the story would have flowed better if it only focused on Laura and her feelings, regardless if they were being influenced by playing Hannah or not. Last and certainly not least I could not find the romance part of the story believable. Even though their chemistry was palpable from the moment they met, I just could not picture Jacob, a strong, level-headed man, with a woman like Laura. I'm not saying that he was wrong in his decision to leave, I just think she was not worth the trouble. I want to be clear that the fact that the romance was not believable to me is mostly because I did not like Laura and not because the author did a poor job of developing it. Like I said the chemistry was there as well as the emotions from both characters, I just could not get over Laura selfishness. Having said all that, I enjoyed Jacob's character, his development and his story. That is mainly why I am granting this book a three star rating. I encourage you to read Temptation because it is a lovely story of new beginnings and second chances. You might find you love it regardless of what I think. I received this book from Entangled Publishing through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.
ChristineWarner More than 1 year ago
If I had to sum this book in one word it’d be IMPRESSIVE. But, since I don’t have to use one word, let me elaborate. Kathryn Barrett is a new to me author and her writing is beyond impressive. Flawless in the way her story flowed together. Wonderful descriptions and such in depth characterization there were times I forgot I was reading a book with make believe characters instead of eavesdropping in a room full of living, breathing people. From the get go this story had my attention. Actually, from the moment I read the blurb. I have never read an Amish love story, so was curious how this would play out since it involved an Amish man and a modern woman who just happens to be an actress. Talk about an internal struggle for each character, but Ms. Barrett managed to pull it off so that you just fell in love with both Laura and Jacob. Even the secondary characters were great. They all added a wonderful element to the story that kept me turning the pages. I also enjoyed the love scenes, which I wondered how Ms. Barrett would pull off, but she did another impressive job. She didn’t go overboard, which to me, kept the story more realistic. Thank you Kathryn Barrett for a great read!
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
Temptation  Temptation delivers beautifully on issues concerning faith, responsibility, sacrifice and love.  Full reviews can be found at either BookTrib or RomanticReadsandSuch.
BeckeyWhite More than 1 year ago
Laura is a career Hollywood star since infancy and is in Amish Country for her newest role that is being filmed there. One day, Laura finds herself in the barn of one of local furniture makers to purchase a cradle for her sister. She is find herself attract to the widow furniture maker, Jacob (and for Jacob as well). But for the Amish way this is just a forbidden temptation. Laura finds herself enjoying the simple life the Amish but will be enough for her to settle down and call the country side home. Will Jacob give into temptation and proverbially bite the apple to discover love once again? When I saw the cover picture and read the synopsis of the book, the first thing that came to my mind was Adam and Eve. Then the locale that the author chooses for the book is just a hop, skip and a jump across the Susquehanna River for me (Lancaster, PA. I personally find it interesting when I see locales that are from this area.) As you read the story you can tell that the author truly did her homework with research when it comes to the cultural and other aspects of the Amish community. The story was a great contemporary read that I enjoyed. I received the ARC book for an honesty opinion.