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 ROSE & NOAH forever, easy. But it won't be. Because he's Amish. And I'm not
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin and Netgalley)
16-year-old Rose has had a tough year. Her mother died from cancer 10 months and 1 week ago, and now her father has moved their family from suburban Cincinnati to a ramshackle house in Ohio.
They have barely made it in the front door of their new house when their neighbours turn up offering a hot meal and some help unloading the removal van. The Millers are different though – they are Amish.
Rose doesn’t know much about the Amish but she’s about to learn when she begins a romance with the Miller’s second eldest son Noah. Sneaking away, she meets up with him of an evening in some cornfields, and their love blossoms.
This can’t go on forever though, Noah is 18 and under pressure from his family to marry and start a family. Rose can’t imagine getting married at 16. Things come to a head when they are caught kissing though, and now a decision must be made; can Rose really give up everything to be with Noah? Or is their relationship just fated not to be?
This is to me a bit of a Romeo and Juliet story to me – boy and girl who have to overcome immense obstacles and pressure from their parents to be together. Rose is a pretty normal teenage girl, she’s into horses and dancing, and she’s looking forward to getting her licence and being able to drive. She instantly connects with Noah the moment she sees him, and knows that he is the boy for her.
Noah is an interesting character, but he really does have some real chauvinistic ideas due to his Amish upbringing. It’s nice to know that he is your normal teenage boy with his worrying that when he kisses Rose he ‘won’t be able to stop’, but he really does have issues, partly due to his Amish upbringing, and partly in my opinion due to good old fashioned jealousy.
Rose and Noah’s relationship is sweet and real, and the love they feel for each other is pretty obvious. I have to say that I smiled when they had their first kiss. My only annoyance with their relationship was mainly due to Noah’s behaviour. I understand that he has had a very different upbringing, but he really was just unbelievable at times!
Obviously the topic of their future together comes up, and while Noah is adamant that he can’t stop being Amish and live the same sort of life as Rose, he has no problems asking her to give up everything to be with him. It’s almost like he doesn’t realise that he’s asking her to do what he himself doesn’t want to do. I also found it unbelievable that when she tries to explain this to him, that he criticises her, and thinks that she’s ‘acting like a child.’ I can honestly say that most modern day women would have thumped him for this comment; but Rose really is incredible patient and understanding with him.
As if this isn’t bad enough, he tells her that she will not be allowed to cut her hair, to wear make-up, to listen to music or dance, to continue her education, etc, etc. He also thinks to himself that he couldn’t possibly live in the ‘English’ world (yes everyone who isn’t Amish is ‘English’) because he couldn’t handle Rose ‘going off places whenever she wanted to or dressing in tight clothes’. As I say, as modern women, we should hate him; he really does believe that as Rose’s husband he would basically OWN her!
He even considers trying to make her pregnant so that they will be forced to marry (sorry love, but that isn’t necessarily true in this day and age either!)
One of the nice things about this book though was learning about the Amish and their rules and beliefs, it really is too bad that as an outsider you are basically shunned, and that there is no room for an ‘English’ person in an Amish community.
I have to say that I wasn’t expecting the grand finale in this book, even though the prologue kind of gives it away. I must say that I was close to tears, which was pretty awkward considering that I was reading that part at the bus station!
Overall; I enjoyed this book, was pleased with the way it ended, and am interested to read that there is a sequel in the works! I think that this is a brilliant idea as we will have further insight into Rose and Noah’s relationship as it progresses.
8 out of 10.
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