Thursday 5 July 2012

Review: Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins

Title: Temptation
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Series: Temptation, #1
Publication Date: 26th June 2012

My Synopsis:
Rose has to move to the middle of nowhere, in the middle of an Amish community. One her first day there the new Amish neighbours come over to introduce themselves. She instantly falls for Noah, and he for her, but because of their different cultures there is no way to be together. Will they find a way?

Why I picked this book up:
I like a bit of forbidden romance, and this one sounded interesting being about an Amish boy.

Did it live up to my expectations?
Yes and no, read below for explanations.

What I thought:
When I first started this book I was enjoying it, I got to learn a bit about Amish life, the writing seemed good and Rose seemed like a good character. I expected the instant attraction between Noah and Rose, what I didn’t expect was for that to be instant love. They meet a couple of ties in company of family and barely talk, then suddenly they are arranging secret meetings, it seems like chunks of the book were missing, when did they get to know each other, when did they actually tell each other how they felt? All that was missed, it was just assumed by both of them that the other felt the same way so they arranged the secret meetings. Noah then asked her not to tell anyone about them, so she runs home and tells her father? Then we miss chunks again and suddenly her whole family is calling him her boyfriend, although she hadn’t told her brothers anything.
As a character she turned out pretty shallow, I know people talk about Bella in Twilight and how she had no life outside Edward, well this is the same, Rose literally has no life, she doesn’t even know anyone else, she doesn’t think about anyone or anything else, only a boy she has met a handful of times and doesn’t even spend the time to get to know.
Noah I really didn’t like, most of the time I wanted to tell him to grow up, part of it I guess is probably because of his faith, but he is always convinced he is right, at one point telling her if she really loved him she’d turn Amish, but not even considering turning “English”, it was his way or nothing.
Overall not a great book, although I did learn a lot more about Amish culture which was interesting, so I would probably still say worth the read if you are interested.

How it stood as part of a series:
Well it definitely left off with somewhere to go, and I may read the next one to see what happens.

Read if:
You would like to learn about Amish culture. You are a fan of instant love.

Up next for review:
Scars by Cheryl Rainfield


  1. The cover is what caught my attention when I first heard about this book. I've read both good and bad reviews about this book so I'll probably take my time getting this book. Great review!

  2. Ouch... insta love and a weak character. I wonder if it's not sort of realistic, though. I've caught a few episodes of the National Geographic show about Amish kids leaving the life and so many of them seem really naive about things. As interesting as I find Amish life, I think I'll pass on this one.
    I've tagged you in the Liebster Blog Award!

    1. There are probably much better Amish books out there, I've only read 3 that I can remember.

  3. I really want to read this book, I read anything that has the word Amish in the Synopsis!I watch so many documentaries about their life and they just intrigue me. Great review! :D

    1. Have you read "Plain Truth" by Jodi Picoult? That's a really good book and involves the Amish.


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