Published by Entangled Publishing on 18 February 2013
Genres: Adult, Chick-lit
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Laura Hayes is a beautiful Hollywood actress, who has felt a little lost for a while. When she is playing the role of Amish Hannah, she buys a house in the quaint city the film is being shot. She meets Jacob, an Amish carpenter, widower with a young son. Laura starts to feel quite at home, even if not all of the community is very happy to have an outsider living amongst them.
*I received a free ARC of Temptation from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*
Temptation is a beautiful story, about temptation, courage and love. Laura arrives in Pennsylvania to film her next movie, and little does she know how much temptation she will find in Amish country. When she first meets Jacob, she only wants to order a crib for her niece, and she notices how much he is a man – even if he is very different from all the men she has met before.
Jacob’s mother, Rachel, is not impressed by Laura and the rest of the film crew, she feels that they are disturbing the Amish community. She also does not want a beautiful outsider to catch her only son’s eye, especially because she has her eye on a new wife for him already. An Amish woman who knows the faith, and who will be a good mother for Daniel.
As the movie progresses, so does the friendship between Laura and Jacob. They both realize the other is quite different from what they first thought – and they both had misconceptions about how people from different communities than their own would act, feel and think. Jacob is tempted by Laura, and he finds excuses to go to her house, at first it’s to set up her new kitchen cabinets, then to help her with the garden. And Laura takes every chance she has to tempt him – to show him what they could have together – if only he wasn’t Amish. Of course, Jacob has a lot of internal struggles, he has been doubting his faith, especially since the death of his wife. And the community does not always act the way he thinks is right for people who are supposed to believe in God, and put themselves last.
The writing is beautiful, so many things touched my heart, I could feel Jacobs doubts, and I could understand Laura’s insecurities. Temptation is such an apt title, and not only because Jacob was tempted, Laura went through a metamorphoses as well. From letting other people steer her life, she took control herself, and she wanted to grab happiness with both hands. At the same time, she showed respect for Jacob’s faith, and she tried to understand his ways, his thoughts and what he wanted from life.
I think that any person who is religious will deal with doubts at one point in their lives – it is almost impossible to always feel content with what we have, and this was very well portrayed in Temptation. I loved that I never felt preached to, even as the portrayal of the Amish felt quite accurate. Of course, I don’t know if it is accurate, but I believed in what I was reading. I could relate to both Jacob and Laura – even if both their lives are very different from my own.
Apart from the religion and the movie, there was also a mystery – someone was leaving notes on Laura’s door to try to make her leave. And there were small pranks being played on the movie set. Trying to figure out whether a stalker was following Laura from before, or if it was someone from town was difficult – both because the community seemed to be so close-knitted, and because Laura didn’t really think she had any stalkers – even with an ex-husband who called her every now and then to try to get money from her.
If you are looking for quiet and haunting read, you should pick up Temptation! I loved the character development, the way Jacob and Laura were yearning for each other, even with all their differences.
This time, Jacob let the fear grab hold. He prayed, silently, to a God he knew very well would as soon take a child as he had once taken the child’s mother.
But when she looked at the doll, she saw her own face, a blank stretch of muslin. Her own identity swallowed up by role after role, from the time she was an infant.
The women inside greeted her warmly, with the exception of Rachel Hostetler, who looked at her as if she suspected Laura was on the advance team from Gomorra.