16 August 2012

Review: Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins

Temptation (Temptation #1) by Karen Ann Hopkins

Published: 26 June 2012 by HarlequinTeen

Pages: 383 (paperback)

Genre/s: YA, Romance, Contemporary

Source: Publisher for review

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Synopsis (Goodreads)

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


forever, easy.

But it won't be.

Because he's Amish.
And I'm not. 

My Thoughts

When I first read the synopsis for Temptation, I thought it sounded like a cute, summer read. After all, the main character, Rose, falls in love with an Amish boy. Yeah, it's forbidden love, but surely its just a crush story with a happy ending, right? Wrong.

Rose is a bit of a lost girl - her mother has died, so her father packs up Rose and her brothers and moves them to a small farming community, where one of the first people she meets is her new neighbour, Noah. As her father is the local doctor, the family is invited to dinner with the neighbours, and that's when we start to really see how the Amish community lives.

There is a bit of insta-love, but it's an understandable one - Rose has lost all the familiarity in her life - her friends, the big city, dancing, and Noah meets a girl that is so incredibly different to the women he has lived with his whole life. So suddenly having the attention of someone that finds her interesting and different makes it easy for Rose to fall head-over-heels. Personally, I couldn't really see the appeal in Noah, but that's the 30 year old me talking. 

Temptation does have some scenes, and themes, that would have any self-respecting woman a little bit agog - the Amish are very definite in their ideas of how women should behave, and that does influence how Noah treats Rose, but it makes the story ring true - you couldn't realistically expect that Noah would completely shed the beliefs that have defined his whole life the minute he meets Rose.

Ms. Hopkins writes a believable, compelling story - as well as the relationship between Rose and Noah, she also examines the dynamic of Rose's family, and her brothers in particular are also very important characters. This book is incredibly readable - and I didn't want it to end.

I said at the beginning that I thought this was a story with a happy ending, but I was wrong. Not that the ending isn't happy exactly, but it's not at all what I expected.  There is an excerpt of the next book at the end of Temptation that hints at the next book being even more compelling, and I will definitely be reading it.

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