BELONGING by Karen Ann Hopkins


From the "Temptations" series, volume 2
Age Range: 12 - 18
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This second installment in the Temptations trilogy deals with a girl who joins the Amish to be with the boy she loves.

In the first book, 16-year-old Rose left home to live with an Amish family, determined to formally join the community so she could marry Noah. She copes well with the work demands put upon her, but she struggles with the ultraconservative rules that keep her from Noah, and she doesn’t learn the German dialect spoken in the community. Worse, she and Noah have made serious enemies in the Amish community, especially “creepy” Levi. When she joins the church without her father’s permission, he arranges to take her home with police intervention. Will Rose and Noah be able to keep their romance going even after they have been separated, or can they both find others to love instead? Hopkins divides the chapters among spunky Rose, solid Noah and Sam, Rose’s overconfident brother, spending most of the time with Rose. Hopkins presents a mostly sympathetic view of the Amish, despite Rose’s difficulty with their harsh rules. She never caricatures them, depicting them with as many virtues and flaws as her non-Amish characters. A vivid childbirth scene and depiction of an Amish wedding add impact. Nevertheless, the book’s main focus remains on the romance plot rather than on the interesting portrait of the Amish culture.

Routine stuff but for the intriguing setting. (Romance. 12 & up)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-373-21081-7
Page count: 416pp
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2013


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