Temptation

Temptation

by Kathryn Barrett

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Winner of the Golden Quill Best First Book Contest, the Holt Medallion for Best Mainstream/Single Title

and the Holt Award of Merit for Best First Book

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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ISBN-13: 9781682812877
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: 02/25/2013
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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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.