A Forbidden Rumspringa

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A Forbidden Rumspringa

Gay Amish, #1

Aahh...I loved these guys. I really wasn't sure about this book going into it. I really had no idea what to expect in a story about Amish men. I'm so glad I tried it though. I thought this author did a great job presenting this alternative lifestyle and how it effects gay men within it. Honestly I had never given thought to what it would be like to be gay and Amish. It's not just the extreme religious belief system but the very isolated community. These boys are just so alone.

This story is told from Issac's POV. He knows he's different, that he doesn't want to marry a woman. But he really doesn't know that he's gay. It's a completely foreign concept to him.

He begins working with David who is also different. But David has a little more knowledge of the outside world and what being gay means. The two young men form a friendship and then a relationship. We watch as they struggle between their love for each other and the fear of being abandoned by God, their families and their whole communities. It was both beautiful and heartbreaking. The last 10% or so had me on the edge of my seat. I can't wait for the next book. Kudos to Keira Andrews for a really well done and unique love story.

Book Blurb for A Forbidden Rumspringa

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?

Note: Contains explicit sexual situations and graphic language. This is not an inspirational/Christian romance.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2014 4.50