Rachel's Deception by Karen Ann Hopkins
(Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)on May 8, 2015
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Growing up Amish is difficult…but leaving it behind is even harder.
Noah was Amish...Rose wasn't. Being together should have been impossible. But somehow they found a way to make it work. They are finally a family, but their happily-ever-after is still a long off. Will Rose and her friends be able to force real change in the community?
Karen Ann Hopkins returns with a gripping new book in the YA Temptation series. The powerful family saga continues with Rachel's Deception, as events spiral out of control in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview. And Rachel Miller has her own secrets to hide. Noah’s younger sister has been living a double life. That is, until Justin Cameron, Rose's little brother, catches her in the act. Rachel is not the obedient Amish girl that her sister was, and her rebelliousness takes her to a very dangerous world. A world that only her true friends can help her escape from.
As Rachel questions all she has been taught about love, family, and commitment, Rose discovers what it really means to be shunned. And an evil shadow looms on the horizon, threatening not only Rose, but everyone she holds dear.
When I think of another chapter in the Temptation Series, I immediately believed that everything that can be told about the story of Noah and Rose, has been told and it’s time to move on to another character and storyline fully. Such was not the case with Rachel’s Deception. The opening scenes is a little dark side of emotions and events which remind us of the past. Next, Rachel, Noah’s sister joins the story with secrets already in motion. Rachel is looking for change and some form of independence which is truly hard, considering that she lives in the Amish Community of Meadowview. She reaches out to the wrong people. She’s confused about love. However, within many obstacles, Noah and/or Rose is there. Rose being the strong willed girl, now wife and mother, that she always has been, still has stayed true to who she is as a person. Always in the midst, ready to help those that she cares about and even unexpected ones. Although told from the point of views from several characters by chapters, all eyes are on Rachel. How she handles what her heart tells her versus the rules of the Amish Way is the nucleus. Will she be able to infuse them both?
What happens to me every time I read a novel in Karen Ann Hopkin’s Amish Young Adult Fiction category? I go on a “google binge” surfing spree. Why? She brings up new elements of the Amish lifestyle, that makes me want to know more. Inviting me to one day hope to be a real live visitor looking in. See her books in this series are more than just thoughts on paper. They are experiences, and exposures to the Amish way of life. Although her characters and storylines are fictional, those that follow her know that almost everyday she may sprinkle you with a buggy here, a game in action there, or a picture taken from a far of girls on horseback. I must admit, I’m intrigued. The genre of Amish Fiction is growing ever so popular today with readers ranging from all ages. However, it is the young adult approach in her style of writing that makes her Series stand out above the rest.
The Temptation Series is now available on Audible. Listen to a sample on audible now.