Monday, 2 September 2013

Review tour: Belonging by Karen Ann Hopkins

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 together forever.
But not everybody believes this is where I belong.

After reading Temptation almost a year ago I was excited to read Belonging, but also a bit afraid because Temptation left me  with some very mixed feelings. And again I was torn apart by this book, I couldn’t put Belonging down I kept turning page after page. But at the same time I felt annoyed by some of the action of the characters.
I felt annoyed by Rose’s immaturity, she confesses that the Amish lifestyle will never fit her, but at the same time she’s eager to join it just for Noah. And he doesn’t do anything to meet her in the middle, even when he sees that Rose is struggling with her new lifestyle. Still I give her credit for joining the Amish, I could never had done it even for the boy I love. And you know what they always say, loves makes blind. And in Noah’s and Rose’s case that’s surely true. But at the same time I liked them, they face whatever obstacle that is thrown at them in order to be which other. Only I can’t see how their relationship is ever going to work out, because of their very different backgrounds.
I loved that the author put some new characters in it Amish and non-Amish alike. I really liked the whole gang and I could understand why Rose befriended them. We also got to know Sam, Rose brother, better since he’s also narrating some chapters in this book. And now I definitely like him better than in the first book. In the first one he was quiet annoying, true he still is now, but we also got to see that he’s really concerned about his sister and that he’s in fact a really nice guy if he wants to be.
But what pulled me into the story the most is the authors writing style. A lot of the time she described Rose doing chores but it didn’t get boring at all. I was eager to find out more about the Amish culture, as its not known well in Belgium, and I got a fairly good view on their daily life now. At some point the story was predictable, but at times events did happen that I could never have expected. And like Temptation the ending left me stunned and I can’t wait to read the last book in this series, Forever.

About the author
Karen Ann HopkinsA 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 persspective became the inspiration for the stroy of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she's not homeshooling 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.

Book: Belonging
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Series: Temptation
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Publication date: April 30th 2013
Pages: 408
Other books:
Temptation (Temptation #1)
Forever (Temptation #3) (Publication date: January 28th 2013)



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