Belonging by Karen Ann Hopkins
Series: Temptation #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: eARC, 408 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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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.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
I can’t think of a more perfect title for this book. Where Temptation was about the forbidden love shared by Rose and Noah, this Belonging really was much more about Rose finding her place. After joining the Amish community, not everything goes as she expected. Forces were still conspiring to keep her and Noah apart, though she had made the sacrifice to try to be with him. It was a bit frustrating to me at times, but nothing can ever truly be easy, right?
I won’t say too much about the plot of this book because I don’t want to give anything away. What I will say is that I found a lot about the goings on of this book to be rather unexpected… and sometimes very frustrating. Where most of the first book revolved around Rose and Noah’s budding relationship, this book more deeply explored other characters. The introduction of characters like Summer, Suzanna and Miranda was welcomed by me. Rose’s brother Sam and his friend Hunter also appear quite frequently in this book. There was a lot happening this time around and I couldn’t put the book down. I also wanted to shake the characters for their lack of communication! It’s hard to watch characters you love make bad decisions.
But, all in all, this book did just what I wanted it to: made me fall more in love with Rose and Noah and their relationship. It was nice to witness Rose’s maturity level growth as she spent more time in the Amish community, learning about their customs and behaviors. Noah was just as adorable as he was in the first book, but with a bit more of an edge. After the way Belonging ended, I can’t wait to see what happens next in Forever.