First let me start out with my disclaimer. lol I’m not a professional reviewer. Even though I’m an author, I also love to read. I read quite a bit and on occasion I like to share a book or novella that has really grabbed hold of me and pass it with along to my blog friends.
Today, I’d like to share a story that involves an Amish furniture maker and a Hollywood actress. I know what you’re thinking. How can there even be a love story between such polar opposites. Well, Temptation by Kathryn Barrett is a book you won’t want to miss so you can see how she pulled it off! Even though it was priced a bit higher than I like to spend for an ebook, it was worth every cent.
If I had to sum this book in one word it’d be IMPRESSIVE.
But, since I don’t have to use one word, let me elaborate. Kathryn Barrett is a new to me author and her writing is beyond impressive. Flawless in the way her story flowed together. Wonderful descriptions and such in depth characterization there were times I forgot I was reading a book with make believe characters instead of eavesdropping in a room full of living, breathing people.
From the get go this story had my attention. Actually, from the moment I read the blurb. I have never read an Amish love story, so was curious how this would play out since it involved an Amish man and a modern woman who just happens to be an actress. Talk about an internal struggle for each character, but Ms. Barrett managed to pull it off so that you just fell in love with both Laura and Jacob without judging them. Instead I wanted everything to work out in their favor because they just belonged together.
Even the secondary characters were great. They all added a wonderful element to the story that kept me turning the pages.
I also enjoyed the love scenes, which I wondered how Ms. Barrett would pull off, but she did another impressive job. She didn’t go overboard, which to me, kept the story more realistic.
Thank you Kathryn Barrett for a great read!
Holt Medallion Winner – MAINSTREAM / SINGLE TITLE – Winner
Golden Quill BEST FIRST NOVEL winner
Laura Hayes has been acting since she was an infant, making Hollywood the only home she has ever known. But when she moves to Pennsylvania’s Amish country to film her next movie, she discovers there’s more to life than a pair of Jimmy Choos and a Marie Claire cover.
Intrigued by the Amish simplicity, she’s soon gardening and baking plum pies—and enjoying it. And when her neighbor turns out to be the local heartthrob and a talented furniture maker, she realizes that what’s missing from her life might be the love of a good man—not to mention the perfect heirloom tomato.
Jacob fights the urge to question the teachings of his Amish beliefs — despite his desire to create furniture that is beautiful as well as useful — and struggles with his longing for the sexy stranger who makes him feel truly alive for the first time. As his attraction grows, so do his doubts, until he’s forced to face temptation and decide once and for all what is truly worth the fight.
Author: Kathryn Barrett
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Inspirational, Romantic Comedy
Length: 322 pages
Release Date: February 2013
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-62266-961-5
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