If you don’t know yet, I have this weird fascination with queer romances with religious main characters. I don’t know why particularly, but I tend to enjoy them. Especially with higher stakes, and Amish main characters are pretty high stakes.
The book follows David and Issac, and all they know, for the most part, is Amish life. Neither of them went on their Rumspringa because of a tragic event at the communities recent location. So Issac and David haven’t seen much past their Amish community. David does however have a friendship with a non-Amish women who lives near by, named June. He’s a carpenter and is able to sell what he makes for more money with her help. Thanks to her he also knows how to drive and has seen movies. Isaac however knows nothing else.
Issac is sent by his family to work with David as an apprentice, and they grow close throughout their time together. And you can guess where it goes from there.
Their dynamic was interesting at times, because on one hand David has had at least some exposure to the outside world, albeit in secret, while Issac is nothing but closed off. However, while David can supply the word ‘gay’ for Isaac after hearing it in a movie, neither of them are sure how to handle their feelings for each other. In part because they’ve been told it is a sin, and in part because they’re both expected to join the church and marry women. However, after realising their feelings for each other they know they cannot do it.
A lot of the resolution does come through sex, which is obvious as it’s a romance novel; that’s expected. It was a little too sexual for me at times, but their was priority on their feelings for each other, and what to do about it. Their only options are to either leave the church and their community, or to stay and hide their relationship. It was kind of predictable where the book would go, especially since the sequels’ covers gave away the plots in a way, but I don’t mind that.
I did end up really liking this book, and the series as a whole. I really liked the couple and the characters. I did find the second book a little filler-ish and setting things up for the final book. Important things did happen, but it could’ve been shorter. I did really like this series, but it might’ve been possible to condense it in a way, maybe into one long book. But it did work as a series at the same time. It was a good series and I’m happy I read it. And I will say, I was curious how it was going to end and where it would go, and what version of HEA this would be.
If you’re like me and like reading religious centred queer romances, though one that has self proclaimed itself as ‘not an inspirational/Christian romance’. But they are still characters who don’t stop being religious. I do like that kind of aspect in these kind of books. It was a read I really enjoyed.
What a wonderful book. A story of forbidden love within a Amish community. Along with David and Issac I rode a roller coaster of emotions with this book and this is only the 1st book in a 5 book story. I usually avoid books that continue the story over 2 or more books, but I didn’t realise this was when I downloaded this book. I am so glad I did. I cannot wait to read the other books in this series and any more by this author. I would have given this book more stars if I could.
I'm fast becoming a big fan of Keira Andrews work.
That was such an interesting plot for me to read. It was such a touching love story, I mean being gay in a community like that would just be unfathomable for me to even begin to understand. Being so cut off from society and downtrodden into submission, I felt like I was screaming under water in parts *shudders*