Thursday, April 23, 2015

REVIEW: "A Forbidden Rumspringa" by Keira Andrews


A Forbidden Rumspringa (Gay Amish Romance #1)
A Forbidden Rumspringa by Keira Andrews
(Gay Amish Romance #1)

For Ages 18+ (Sensuality, Language)
Contemporary Romance -- Male/Male

KA Books -- Published in September 2014
Ebook, 231 pages
Read in April 2015
Purchased from Amazon

THEMES/TROPES
Small Town Setting

SUMMARY
When two young Amish men find love, will they risk losing everything?

In a world where every detail of life—down to the width of a hat brim—is dictated by God and the all-powerful rules of the community, two men dare to imagine a different way. At 18, Isaac Byler knows little outside the strict Amish settlement of Zebulon, Minnesota, where there is no rumspringa for exploration beyond the boundaries of their insular world. Isaac knows he’ll have to officially join the church and find a wife before too long, but he yearns for something else—something he can’t name.

Dark tragedy has left carpenter David Lantz alone to support his mother and sisters, and he can’t put off joining the church any longer. But when he takes on Isaac as an apprentice, their attraction grows amid the sweat and sawdust. David shares his sinful secrets, and he and Isaac struggle to reconcile their shocking desires with their commitment to faith, family and community.

Now that they’ve found each other, are they willing to lose it all?


FIRST LINE
"David Lantz?"  Isaac realized he was catching flies and snapped his jaw shut.

MY THOUGHTS
Well...that was different!  I first became intrigued by this book when one of my favorite male/male authors (Heidi Cullinan) started tweeting like mad about it while she read.  I'm always interested in unique romances and the male/male community often provides that for me.  So I knew I had to give this gay Amish romance a try.

A Forbidden Rumspringa is told from the point of view of eighteen year old Isaac who lives with this family in an Amish community in Minnesota.  He is at the age where he is expected to court a young woman, marry, and officially join the church.  But, Isaac knows that there is something more that he wants which he discovers after becoming an apprentice to the handsome David, a carpenter trying to support his family after his father's death.  These two men quickly bond and eventually realize that it goes farther than just friendship.

This book is the epitome of forbidden romance.  Isaac and David live in a community that avoids anything worldly or English and a gay relationship is at the top of their list of undesirable acts.  But, as we all know, the forbidden fruit is often the sweetest.  Once Isaac and David engage in physical acts, they cannot stop.  This is the first time either of them has ever been comfortable with who they are and, understandably, they don't want to go back to their previous livelihood.  It also doesn't help that their community is extremely conservative even for an Amish settlement due to a tragic accident involving some teenagers who were engaging in rumspringa, the practice of being introduced to the "English" world before embracing the Amish lifestyle.

What really made this story stand out was the love that the heroes had for their family.  While they did not always agree with the way their community was run, they were hesitant to engage in their relationship because of the effects it could have on their family members.  Readers get to know quite a bit about the Zebulon community as a whole and, while the religious aspects were a little jarring for me personally, it helped me understand the tight-knit aspect of these people.

A Forbidden Rumspringa is definitely not your run-of-the-mill romance.  The Amish setting is familiar to some readers, but be warned that this is not an inspirational or Christian-themed romance.  There is graphic language and a lot of detailed sex scenes.  Once I got used to the premise, I found it to be engaging and very thought-provoking.  The ending made me tear up a little and I am excited to read more of David and Isaac's story.

4 STARS


FAVORITE QUOTE
"I think about what it would be like to live with you instead of a wife. To share a bed every night, and work side by side each day. I know its a terrible sin, but the thought of it makes my heart so glad." He sucked in a breath, trying in vain to stop tears from forming. "I want to be with you forever."

BOOKS IN THE SERIES
1. A Forbidden Rumspringa
2. A Clean Break
3. A Way Home

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1 comment:

  1. This does sound really unique! I've never really gotten into any Amish stories, but I'm so glad you enjoyed this.

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