My Amish Boyfriend

My Amish Boyfriend

by Melody Carlson


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Sixteen-year-old Shannon McNamara has exciting plans for the summer, and she can't wait to get to them. Unbeknownst to her, however, her widowed and ailing mother has plans of her own—to relocate them both to the heart of Amish country in Ohio where she has relatives who can look after her. Shannon quickly learns that living a "simple" life is actually a lot of hard work. But when a hot young Amish guy named Ezra enters the picture, she's ready to get an Amish makeover and even consider making it a permanent change. But does Ezra share her attraction? Will Shannon really make the jump into this new way of life? And will it be for the right reasons?

Teen favorite Melody Carlson brings fans another sweet story of worlds—and families—colliding, exploring themes important to teen girls through an engaging tale.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800722265
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

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

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My Amish Boyfriend 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally love it! Amazing book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was okay
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Amish Boyfriend By Melody Carlson Publi: Revell c. 2014 Sixteen-year-old Shannon McNamara has her summer all planned as she heads home on the last day of school. She has 3 goals: get her driver’s license, get a summer job, and get a tattoo on her ankle. When she steps into the hall where her apartment is located her summer plans explode. The neighbor who has been helping care for her sick mother Anna catches her before she can make it to her apartment. Anna and Mrs. Wimple have been talking that day and decided since Mrs. Wimple will be out of town for a while Shannon and her mother need to go to Anna’s parents in Ohio so Shannon will have someone to help her care for Anna. The tickets have been bought, transportation to the bus station has been arranged, and someone is lined up to pick them up at the bus station in Ohio to take them to Anna’s parents. Shannon is first of all shocked that she has living relatives other than her mom. Her dad has died years before leaving just Anna and Shannon – or so she thought. When she arrives in Ohio not only is she shocked at the extent of family, but she is speechless to find out they are Amish. She finds out that her mom left her Amish family when she was 15 and hasn’t had any contact with them since. Shortly after arriving Shannon meets Ezra Troyer. He is all the things she had dreamed of for the perfect boyfriend, except she never pictured herself with an Amish boyfriend. Shannon begins to dream about life as an Amish bride with Ezra by her side. Because of the friction her non-Amish lifestyle and dress cause the family she begins to wear Amish-style clothes and to take part in the life of the family. She seeks to learn more about what the Amish believe and the lifestyle they live. This only causes her to dream more about life as an Amish bride. Shannon’s mother continues to decline so Shannon arranges to take her to the doctor in Ohio. The exam and further tests reveal that Anna has a major health issue that needs immediate attention. In the midst of Anna’s health crisis Shannon is forced to take a good look at her life and what she wants out of it. She faces her feelings about Ezra, about being Amish, about her family, and about her relationship with God. This is a wonderful book about a young girl as she comes to grips with growing up. I highly recommend this book not only for young people but also for adults. It is eye3-opening, honest, soul-searching, and thoroughly entertaining. I was provided a copy of this book through The Book Club Network for my unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book. I didn't mind that it''s told in the first person .It's a very well written book, and I felt like I was there ! Shannon is likeable and realistic. I wondered if the book would portray the Amish as right or wrong,and how the book would end. I didn't like how the romance moves so fast, it was unrealistic, IMO. The book does mentions kissing. It was a quick, interesting read , and I've skip reread it a lot.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
My Amish Boyfriend is an entertaining book. Melody Carlson is a fantastic author and this book did not disappoint me. The book revolves around Shannon,a teenager, who had her summer vacation plans thrown a curve by her mother's illness. Her mother decided to spend the summer with her parents, Shannon's grandparents. Shannon had no idea her mother used to be Amish. This leads to culture shock initially and quite an adjustment in way of life for Shannon. Along the way she meets a boy and has a summer romance. The book is very entertaining for both teens and adults.I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable light read Since the school year has ended, teenaged Shannon McNamara's goal is to get a tattoo, her drivers license, and a summer job. Because of her mother's serious health condition Shannon and her mom travel to Ohio to stay with Amish relatives. Shannon's grandparents are not the most welcoming, and numerous challenges ensue. Shannon falls in love with a local Amish boy, and her summer plans appear to be looking up. She becomes interested in possibly becoming Amish; however, her mother's health is rapidly declining and their challenges grow serious.  Written more specifically for teens and young adults this story of outsiders moving into an Amish community is appealing to all ages. Melody Carlson paints beautiful scenes of the Amish countryside, and presents the Amish realistically and with expertise. Her characters are unique and original. The story is written in the first person through Shannon's perspective which I found a bit unsuited for my taste, because the level of maturity from her point of view was far more advanced than a typical teenager. This is only my opinion. Others may love this perspective and not have a problem with it. The story moves at a fast pace, and the developments that take place keep the reader turning the pages to see what the outcome will be. My Amish Boyfriend is an enjoyable light read. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network For Readers Only program and Revell in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
My Amish Boyfriend by Melody Carlson*** Shannon McNamara is 16 and has plans for her summer break. However, her plans are suddenly changed when she is informed that she will be taking a bus with her ill mother to her grandparents home in Hochstetler, Ohio. Grandparents that up to this moment she never knew anything about. On top of that information, she learns that they are Amish and her mother was raised Amish but left years ago. Stunned, Shannon prepares for the long trip making sure she packs to keep her mother as comfortable as she can on the bus. Shannon finds things at her grandparents home strained, not realizing that when her mother left she was shunned. Not long after arriving, she meets a neighbor Amish boy, Ezra Troyer and soon has a crush on him. In fact, she thinks she is in love with him. They both are struggling with where they belong and what they are to do with the rest of their lives. Ezra has plans to leave and Shannon is seriously thinking of joining the Amish community. It is soon apparent that Shanon's mother is more ill than they first thought. She takes her to a local doctor who feels her mother has been misdiagnosed and runs tests on her. These test show some scary results and Shannon has to make some very grown-up decisions. The relationship between Shannon and Ezra seems to move a little too fast. Other teen issues are addressed in the story: courtship and dating, relationships, love and faith. ~~I received a copy of this book from Bookfun Network for my review~~
Diana0 More than 1 year ago
My Amish Boyfriend By: Melody Carlson I really enjoyed this book. I have liked other books by Melody. I would say my favorite character was Shannon. Shannon has big plans for her summer. Getting her license to drive and even a tattoo. Plans get changed because her mom is very ill and needs help. They return to her mom’s child hood home. Shannon finds out then her mom was Amish. How can she fit in she isn’t Amish? Is she ready for this change in her life and can she become Amish? Why would she want to be Amish her mother is being shunned? Great book .
strgth4yu More than 1 year ago
My Amish Boyfriend was a good book. I felt kind of loss about Shannon and her mother. I would have like to know more about why Shannon's mother left the Amish and did not tell her daughter about it. Plus, though the ending was good. I did not understand if there was a resolute about the relationship of the mother and her parents. I guess I would have liked a little more about the whole situation. I just got parts from the beginning, to the middle, and then the end....which left me hanging in some parts. Overall, I would recommend this was a good read.
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
Reading a Young Adult novel is rather outside of my comfort zone, but this one is such a fantastic one, I did not find it too be difficult. It is written in The first person deep point of view, which means the whole book is written completely from Shannon's perspective. This was cool, because I was not at all distracted by the other characters agenda, thoughts or actions. Melody gives us a fresh look at the Amish which in this time where a lot of attention is being given to this lifestyle and their religious beliefs, seems like a difficult job. Many aspects are brought to life, from their dress, work ethics and ordnance. Although we read a lot of books where the Amish way of life is romanticized as Shannon looks in from the outside, she sees the other side as well. I received this book free from Fred at The Book Club Network and Revell books in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own. 
wfnren More than 1 year ago
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.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
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.
RachsRamblings More than 1 year ago
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
VicG More than 1 year ago
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.”
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
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* RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: Sweet REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
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.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
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.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
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 own
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
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.
adragonwolf More than 1 year ago
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  this.
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They dnt really acceppt me t firt but now i live with daniel and hi family in apple creek ohio.