My review of belonging by karen anne hopkins

Rose became Amish so she could be with Noah, but is this where she really belongs?
‘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 Rose & Noah, together forever.
But not e
belongingverybody believes this is where I belong’.

Belonging showed more of a balance to this intense and all-consuming love story. It explores first love , relationship, amish – and the power of love and sacrifice to work upon them.

reading Rose’s transition over to living in the Amish community. I can;t help but Imagining how to lead a  medieval life in the middle of this modern world.   We won’t be  able to use cell phones, internet, laptop or even use appliances to enjoy life such as  watching television.  Rose life is getting upside down. She makes huge sacrifices for Noah. Question is can Noah does the same thing for her?

Rose and Noah bonds will be tested, and difficult questions will be answered. With only love keeping Rose and Noah afloat, will it ever really be enough to keep them together?

Rose’s new friend noted that ‘love is about giving up your life but not your soul’. This is something Rose is still struggling with.She seems to be imbalanced with her love toward Noah. She gave up not only her life but also her soul.  As a reader, I was overcomed by Rose’s compassion and It’s good to see how life’s and love is a whole mess on its own accord.

I will give this book 5 sparkling star because the snippets of the story and the nuances of a character , namely Rose hang around for a while after I’ve finished the last page and this was certainly the case with this book


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Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 2013
Format: ARC

Genre: Normal adult /young adult

Age: YA
Reviewer: aretha zhen


review of temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins

Blurb from 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.

Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins is a captivating and thrilling story about forbidden romance. It is about first love and its beauty. Sixteen-year old Rose and her family move to Meadowview where the local community is Amish. When she locks gazes with Noah, a young man who happens to be Amish, they both feel a magnetic attraction to each other.

Just Imagine if your Mr. Right is right in the eyes of old fashioned values, but wrong in every sense of the modern word because of the world he lived in. When Rose and her family move to the quiet town of Meadowview, they are all still grieving from the death of her mother. The move was supposed to give this family a fresh start, nobody could have guessed that love would tear them apart.

Rose and Noah have to keep their relationship as a secret because they will get in trouble if they were ever found out. First love should be simple and romantic, but when you’re English and your love interest is Amish, everything could be a bit more than just complicated.

Author Karen Ann Hopkins is a wonderful writer. She spins her tale with the dual narration. It was intense, informative and also very emotional. The descriptions were vivid and I can easily imagine everything that happened. The end of this story was full of suspense and made me wants to read more of this story. After all, this book is perfect for a thoroughly satisfying read.


Publisher- Harlequin Teen

Publication date- August 2012