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about Belonging (Temptation #2):
I left everything I knew behind.
But it was worth it. He was worth it.
No one thought an ordinary girl like me would last two minutes living with the Amish, not even me. There are a lot more rules and a lot less freedom, and I miss my family and the life I once had. Worst of all, Noah and I aren't even allowed to see each other. Not until I've proven myself.
If I can find a way to make it work, we'll be NOAH & ROSE
But not everybody believes this is where I belong.
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the first novel in the series:
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
But it won't be.
Because he's Amish.
And I'm not.
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Review, Author Guest Post, Tour Schedule, & Giveaway below . . .
Belonging (Temptation #2)
April 30, 2013
After falling in love with Noah in Temptation and finding out that they couldn't be together -- he's Amish and she's English (not Amish), Rose is ready to give up her world for his. But is she really prepared to leave the 'modern' world and everything she knows -- her family included -- behind for the boy she loves?
I really enjoyed that Belonging started with Rose and Noah both in the same 'community.' Though they're still in quite different positions and viewing it differently. It both puts them on more even footing and makes things more unequal for them (than in Temptation).
It's great to see even more of the Amish lifestyle explored in this novel. From the different things Rose is expected to do, what is expected of her and the encounters she has. It's different from anything we would have seen with Noah as our only glimpse into that world -- or Rose as a complete outsider, either.
The little things that bothered me about Noah as well as Noah and Rose's relationship in Temptation were still present in Belonging but I felt more that they were supposed to be noticed -- either by the characters themselves or me, as a reader. I liked Rose a bit more this time than in the first book. The change in circumstance affected her in quite an interesting way. It was easy to see how both being a teenager, in love, and her recent past really did play a part in who her character is. (More so with where things have developed in the story, now.)
I loved that Rose's brothers, Sam in particular, were again a part of the story. They, along with the characters either entirely new to the story or given more of a role are a fantastic addition. We see both Rose and Noah, Rose especially, interacting with others more in this second novel, and it gives us a better glimpse into who they are. There's not as much of the gotta-have-it-right-now rush of their romance that was in Temptation, but their relationship isn't new so that makes sense. Bringing others into their story works very well.
from Belonging author Karen Ann Hopkins
About Author Karen Ann Hopkins:
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. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. 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.
around the web:
her Blog, Facebook, Goodreads author page
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