Tuesday, February 18, 2014

My Amish Boyfriend by Melody Carlson

Sixteen-year-old Shannon McNamara has exciting plans for the summer, and she can't wait to get to them. Unbeknownst to her, however, her widowed and ailing mother has plans of her own--to relocate them both to the heart of Amish country in Ohio where she has relatives who can look after her. Shannon quickly learns that living a "simple" life is actually a lot of hard work. But when a hot young Amish guy named Ezra enters the picture, she's ready to get an Amish makeover and even consider making it a permanent change. But does Ezra share her attraction? Will Shannon really make the jump into this new way of life? And will it be for the right reasons?

Teen favorite Melody Carlson brings fans another sweet story of worlds--and families--colliding, exploring themes important to teen girls through an engaging tale.

About The Author

Melody Carlson has written around 200 books for teens, women and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her books range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including the Rita and Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.

My Review:

Shannon McNamara has had to grow up fast. Thank goodness she is able to take over the responsibility of her Mother. Life takes strange twists when someone is ill.
With this story we see God's hand in almost every move. From a caring and loving neighbor, to people that Shannon really doesn't know opening up their homes to her.
How would you like to wake up one morning when your sixteen, all your plans made for the summer, and zap your off to see relatives you have never met. Never having any family other than her Mom, and her late Dad. Wow, what an eye opener, and you can probably guess...her Mom had left the Amish and was shunned.
There are some questionable happenings, and I didn't like how the Amish boyfriend acts, and yet he did seem to have compassion. There are some surprising turn of events, and chuckled how Dawdi kept finding Shannon in not the best circumstances.
Come along and enjoy a very different type of Amish/English story. Enjoy!!

I received this book through Revell Publishing Book Bloggers Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.

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