Monday, May 6, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Belonging by Karen Ann Hopkins

Belonging by Karen Ann Hopkins
Published Date: April 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA

The Story:
I left everything I knew behind.

But it was worth it. He was worth it.

No one thought an ordinary girl like me would last two minutes living with the Amish, not even me. There are a lot more rules and a lot less freedom, and I miss my family and the life I once had. Worst of all, Noah and I aren't even allowed to see each other. Not until I've proven myself.

If I can find a way to make it work, we'll be NOAH & ROSE

together forever.

But not everybody believes this is where I belong.

My Review:  This was a well written book!  I loved both Belonging and Temptation (the first book in the series).  We are given a world, where things run simpler.  Boys and girls know what is expected of them.  But then, one Amish boy falls for an English girl.  The community is turned upside down, with other things being realized.  For those who have read the adult books centered on the Amish, will love this series!

About Karen Ann Hopkins - Facebook, Goodreads, Blog
A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.

Other Book Links:
Temptation Facebook Goodreads Amazon B&N Indiebound

Excerpt from Belonging, Rose’s Worst Nightmare

What’s that car still doing there? 

            My mood darkened when I saw the old car parked in front of the house. 

            Taking the initiative, I circled the cul-de-sac, cruising slowly up behind the black Monte Carlo.  Strange, it had Indiana plates.  Peering in as I crept by, I saw no one. 

            Maybe who ever owns the vehicle was visiting one of the neighbors?

            I hesitated for a minute, staring at the car.  I could check around the neighborhood.

            No, I was just being dumb.  Shaking off the weariness, I pulled into the driveway and parked. 

            If I planned my timing right, I could take the dog for a run, visit Lady at the barn for a few minutes, and still meet up with Amanda and Brittney somewhere later tonight. Having some friends around when Noah called would be a good thing. 

            Slipping in the front door, I dropped my purse on the long, slender table in the foyer and headed for the kitchen with hunger squeezing my insides. 

            That’s odd, I thought, when I saw the mayo and deli ham slices on the counter.  I didn’t remember leaving the food out—or even having a ham sandwich.

            I picked up the butter knife and studied the smudge of white goo at the end of it.  A little chill breezed over me.  I might be dealing with a whole lot of crap right now, but I knew that I didn’t do this. 

            “Hello, pretty.”

            The voice behind me froze me to the tile floor. 

            My eyes saw Hope through the window, digging madly at one of my aunt’s newly planted saplings, but my mind was far away—screaming. 
              This could not be happening.  I knew that voice.  It belonged to Levi Zook.  He was in my Aunt’s kitchen, standing behind me.  Close enough that I felt his breath on my hair.

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Tuesday, April 23th -  A Little Shelf of Heaven
Wednesday, April 24th - One Day YA
Thursday, April 25h - Fic Talk
Friday, April 26th - Bittersweet Enchantment 
Monday, April 29th - Reader Girls
Tuesday, April 30th - Bumbles and Fairy Tales
Wednesday, May 1sh - The YA Bookworm
Thursday, May 2nd - The Book Heist 
Friday, May 3rd -  Page Turners
Monday, May 6th -  Books Complete Me 
Tuesday, May 7th -  Bookish Escape
Wednesday, May 8th - Book Sp(l)ot Reviews
Thursday, May 9th - Irish Banana
Friday, May 10th - The Cozy Reader

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  1. Yes :) It would be hard but yes, I would.

  2. Yes :) It would be hard but yes, I would.

  3. I couldn't give up my history and culture for love. Those things are part of what make me...ME, and I wouldn't be the same without them.

  4. Yes, I would but there are some things I can't give up. I can't give up who I am or change who I am. That person has to love me just the way I am. But I am willing to make sacrifices for true love.

  5. Yes I would! It would be hard, depending on the circumstances

  6. If I was very sure that he was my soul mate and if I was deeply in love with him I'm pretty sure I would. I would do just about anything for true and unconditional love. Of course there are somethings I just wouldn't or couldn't give up. Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway!!



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