Oh how I love these Amish boys, their story and this author for writing this series. A Clean Break picks up right after the ending of book one. David and Isaac have arrived in San Francisco and are living with Aaron and his wife Jen. The first part of the story focuses on the initial culture shock the guys go through. Everything is new to them. Money, televisions, kitchen appliances, even mirrors. They are overwhelmed in so many ways, both good and bad. They struggle with being torn between feeling free and feeling like everything they do is a sin they will be punished for. The second part of the story jumps to few months down the line where they have different but continuing problems. Not only are they struggling with everything around them being foreign but now they are struggling to find their place in this new society and the role they each have in their relationship.
The first book was told through Isaac's eyes and this one is told through David's. It was nice to see their story from his perspective. While Isaac has some adjustment issues, David is the one who really has a difficult time. He tries to enjoy their new freedom but he is plagued with guilt, fears and anxiety. While he was miserable in the Amish community at least he knew his role. In the English community he struggles to figure out who he is. His work ethic and long time role as leader of the household makes his desire to take care of Isaac in this new world very hard.
This story was really well done. The author does a great job bringing to light all of the struggles these men have. It sounds great that they have been given a new start but what does that really entail? There are so many things that make this hard for them. They only have 8th grade educations, they have no legal documents, they don't understand money or any technology. The list of things they don't understand goes on and on and this story really highlights how hard things are on them and how it affects their self-esteem.
The storytelling in this is strong and the author does a great job making you care so much for these characters. The trials they're going through and their reactions to them are very believable and my heart hurt for them more than once as I read this. I can't wait for the next installment to see how things end up for these two. I highly recommend this book. This is not a stand alone so you need to have read the first book in the series beforehand.
They've escaped to the outside world--but can they really be free?
David and Isaac have found happiness in each other's arms. In faraway San Francisco, Isaac's brother Aaron helps them explore confusing "English" life and move beyond the looming shadow of their Amish roots. For the first time, David and Isaac can be openly gay, yet they struggle to reconcile their sexuality with their faith. At least they don't have to hide their relationship, which should make everything easier. Right?
But while Isaac thrives at school and makes new friends, David wrestles to come to terms with the reality of the outside world. Haunted by guilt at leaving his mother and sisters behind in Zebulon, he's overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the city as he works to get his carpentry business off the ground.
While David and Isaac finally sleep side by side each night, fear and insecurity could drive them miles apart.
Note: This is the second chapter in a trilogy of forbidden Amish love. This book features explicit sex and is not an inspirational/Christian novel.