I’m first to admit that I was rather hesitant to read this book because of the whole religious undertone from its blurb but upon reading the first two chapters, I just started tapping my reader until I finished it. Needless to say, I was more than satisfied with the story.
At 18, Isaac Byler knows little outside their very close-knitted and strict Amish settlement of Zebulon, Minnesota. Things here were controlled by rules of the church and there is no rumspringa to explore anything beyond the confines of their community. Isaac also knows that he needs to join the church soon and find himself a wife but beyond these expectations, there’s a gnawing yearning within him.
David Lantz was left alone to support his mother and sisters and was pressured to finally join the church. When he takes on Isaac as his apprentice, their mutual attraction turns into something they struggled to reconcile with their faith and their community.
When two young Amish men find love, will they risk losing everything?
I’m just totally floored with this story. As I mentioned, my hesitation upon reading this book dissolved merely a couple of chapters into the story. Isaac and David easily captivated my attention and I just fell for them right away. I feel like a stage mom watching a performance of my children and wildly rooting for them. It’s like when they’re struggling to define their relationship, I just want it to be easy for them and felt the need to give them both some really big bear hugs. I loved when characters are able to reduce readers into a big pile of mess. That’s what happened to me midway through the story. I’m like, cmon’ now – please just let them be happy and get together already!
Of course things doesn’t always go their way and something or someone will always get in their happy-ever after. These men were raised to believe that what they have is a sin, an abomination and just downright dirty and the realization of their newfound love was just too bittersweet.
I’m not totally disparaging their faith but time’s evolving and things are changing. I loved that both Isaac and David are asking questions – things they don’t have answers to or mostly stuff that they do not understand.
This story was told through Isaac’s perspective and I loved how solid the whole narration from start to finish. The author didn’t falter with the continuity of his voice and the whole development of the story up to the very climactic end was a good way to tease the reader into reading the next series.
It’s another sublime writing from Keira Andrews – if you enjoyed Sempre Fi, you’d definitely loved this as well!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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About The Author
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and–although she loves delicious angst along the way–Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.” Find out more about Keira and her books at http://www.keiraandrews.com