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Published by Harlequin on June 26th 2012
Genres: Love & Romance, Runaways, Social Issues, Young Adult
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 forever, easy.But it won't be.Because he's Amish. And I'm not.
Could life get any worse? First, Rose’s mother dies. Second, Rose’s father moves them to the middle-of-nowhere, in the center of an Amish community. As if she hadn’t already had the worst luck ever, a cute Amish boy and his family come to greet them upon their arrival and she’s soaking wet, covered head to toe in mud. Either way, the Amish boy can’t take his eyes off of her, and she’s not sure she minds. Slowly, Rose and Noah start planning secret getaways—horseback rides through the fields, holding hands in the back of the truck when the chaperones are asleep, and a stolen kiss or two. There’s only one problem: Noah’s Amish and Rose isn’t.
There’s something about the Amish community that has always interested me. I listened to the audio version of the book while driving and it definitely kept me entertained. I’ve been known to have old-fashioned principles, but some of the things that the Amish culture practice goes too far. First off, the women are treated a lot differently than English women (in Amish culture anyone who isn’t Amish is English, even if they’re French, Chinese, Russian, etc.). They don’t have any electricity, and most of what they do is strictly censored. This wasn’t the first Amish story I’ve delved into, but it did give me a different insight into the culture.
It took me a while to get used to the voices that were used to read the book. The book switched points of view each chapter—I didn’t know that at first—and when the voice of Noah spoke for the first time it frightened me. That guy had an extremely deep voice, so much different than Rose’s reader. Nonetheless, once I got accustomed to their voices, it added so much to the story. After having listened to the book, I can’t imagine their voices would sound much different in my head if I read a print copy. I’d give the audio version a shot—plus, the Audible app is great!
Since the women are treated so differently in Amish culture, Noah wasn’t my favorite person. Of course, he was good looking, debonair, and your average gentlemen, but he also had a side I didn’t like. There’s one word that perfectly describes how Rose’s character acted: carefree. In the Amish society, a carefree girl is frowned upon. There were some instances where Noah embraced Rose’s personality and others where I wanted to slap him. Maybe it’s just me, but I can honestly say I wouldn’t want a guy like Noah. He wanted her to give up everything to be with him—but I have just one question: is he willing to give it all up for her—honestly, truly willing?
Either way, this was a great story. The only other Amish story I’ve read focused on breaking free from the Amish society, whereas this story focused on getting in. I think listening to this story is the way for me, and I will continue to see where Noah and Rose’s love will lead.