Authors: Karen Ann Hopkins
Publication Date: June 26th 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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
I bought Temptation a while back, I was really excited to read it, but then it sat on my shelf for a while. Angela over at Reads To Reels was also looking forward to reading it but hadn’t so I asked her if she wanted to read it together. Great idea right?! I loved being able to text her while reading it and discussing our likes and dislikes but once we finished I was kind of left asking myself “What now?” I couldn’t think of how to go about getting both our thoughts down. We both enjoyed it but with all readers we all have our likes and dislikes.
I am going to start with a review from me but be sure to check out my little interview with Angela asking her about her favorite and least favorite parts of the books.
It’s just Rose, her dad, and her two brothers since her mom passed away not that long ago. They are moving into a new home and from the very first pages, you know how sad Rose is to not have their mother with them. She is already lost and feels like she has no control over her life and then Noah walks into her life. Noah’s father brings him and his brother to welcome them and Rose instantly notices him. Then they are invited to join them for dinner and Rose really notices how different the Amish are and she has a few strong opinions about the ways they do things, though she keeps it to herself. She couldn’t imagine her and Noah every being anything but all of a sudden they are giving each other hidden looks and planning secret meetings. Things seem great but as things progress Rose is still pretty much lost in life. How will it all turn out? How in the world will she make it with Noah?
Rose wasn’t the only one to take notice that first day. When Noah first encountered Rose she was disheveled looking and wrestling with her brother, things you wouldn’t see an Amish girl doing. She is different from any girl he would ever know and he loves that. He worries about how different she is and how she does what she wants but that is also what draws her to him. While his parents push him to finally pick an Amish girl to court he only has eyes for Rose. Seeing her means big trouble for him if they were to get caught but he knows he can make their relationship work. He really hopes he can.
Rose was young but I loved how she had goals and dreams for herself. She was a dancer and she also loved horses so she wanted to go to school to be a veterinarian. She may have still been getting over her mother’s death and was feeling sad and hopeless but she still had a fiery personality. Noah was the opposite. He knows where his life is supposed to go and doesn’t question that until Rose shows up. He doesn’t have any crazy plans just wants to continue to follow his Amish ways and lead the path that the Amish do. Rose not being Amish kind of puts a kink in those plans. He was sweet and innocent but was stubborn. Although, he ended up breaking a lot of rules he was still set in his ways and stubborn.
I really loved reading about Rose and Noah’s relationship growing, even though they fell for each other quickly I was still able to connect with them. At times I did feel that their relationship was just a part of being so new to each other and never really experiencing those feelings before but other times I felt like they really were meant to be together. I have to admit though I found myself not rooting for them sometimes. I felt no matter how it ended it was going to be a big loss and much would have to be sacrificed for somebody. I worried what it would all mean for them. I didn’t want to see either of them hurt. If they split it would be devastating to them both but if they found a way to be together it could be just as bad. Things are still iffy since there will be a sequel out in April and I still don’t know how I want it all to end. I just hope I can be happy with it. I sense waterworks in the future.
Angela’s Thoughts (An Interview)
Me: What did you love most about Temptation?
Angela: One thing I loved about this book was their attraction to each other, although it technically was insta-love, it didn’t feel like it…It felt more real and believable than most others. Also loved…
- Learning about the Amish and their culture
- Rooting for them and hoping for the best.
Me: What did you hate?
- That it was forbidden
- That they couldn’t even speak
- That you didn’t know what was going to happen
- Wondering how they could make it if either decided to convert
Me: I hated that they had to deal with that too and not knowing always puts me on edge but it made for one good story. Were you always rooting for Rose and Noah’s relationship to work out or did you have any doubts/problems with it?
Angela: I was always rooting for them! Of course the hopeless romantic in me wanted to fall deeply in love and be together! I really was surprised at the limitations put on him by being Amish, but it made me root for them even more.
The only doubts I had were I wasn’t sure who was going to be the one to join the other. Obviously it’s going to come down to that since the Amish were so strict. Either he will have to leave the Amish or she will have to become Amish. I am not sure that they would be happy by doing either. I’m sure they would feel really out of place and not like themselves. I think a big part of them liking each other so much has to do with the fact that it is pretty much forbidden.
Me: Nothing is final yet so what are you rooting for? Should Rose become Amish or Noah English?
Angela: I think that Noah should become English. Just because I think he would have a lot more fun and live life a little more. And I don’t think Rose could stand all the rules and duties.
Me: Such a hard decision! Anyways, I really liked Rose and Noah but had a few negative things to say about Noah. I felt like he was asking too much of Rose too soon and tried to change her a little in some ways. What did you think?
Angela: Yes! I completely agree. It was almost like he was demanding it of her. Acting like there was no other way. That made me feel bad for her. If she became Amish she would be losing so much life experience.
Me: Okay so I have to say my favorite character wasn’t either of the main characters. I really liked Sam and thought he really just wanted what he thought was best for his sister, even if it did piss her off. What did you think of Sam? Who was your favorite character?
Angela: Yes! I loved him. I agree with you. He didn’t want her to make any mistakes that she might regret. And he just wanted the best for her. Also, her little brother. I felt like he just wanted to be there for her. Even though he was young and didn’t really get everything that was going on.
I didn’t really have one favorite.
Me: In one or two sentences what did you think about the book overall?
Angela: I thought it was really well written and told a great story. I would definitely recommend it to others and can’t wait for the second one.
Me: Are you as nervous as I am for the next one?!
Angela: Yes, I have no idea what to expect. Not sure how its going to go. But I know it’ll be a great read.
Me: Thanks so much for letting me pick your brain about your thoughts on Temptation 🙂