A Forbidden Rumspringa by Keira Andrews ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

forbidden rumspringa Title: Forbidden Rumspringa

Author: Keira Andrews

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Dar Albert

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

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.

My View:

Gay Amish Romance. Do you have your head wrapped around that concept? Do you have an idea what to expect from this story? Good. Now throw out everything you are thinking. Forbidden Rumspringa is probably one of the nicest surprises I have read in quite some time. I was honestly not expecting much of anything from this story, but a friend of mine assured me it needed to be on my must read list.

When Isaac, our Hero, jacks himself off in the second chapter against a tree in the woods, I knew we were in for some sexy times from these boys. Realistic? Probably not. Entertaining? For sure. Forbidden Rumspringa is a tale of forbidden love and rebellion, wrapped up in a finding one’s self package. I can’t say that package is neat and tidy because some pretty hard soul searching has to take place for both our main characters. They have to weigh duty and expectations against their hearts, minds, and bodies needs and desires. For someone who has grown up in the conservative world of the Amish, where tradition, family, and beliefs are ingrained in everything about your life, that can’t be easy.

As an English person, as the Amish call us outsiders, I can’t begin to understand just what that fight meant, but Andrews did a fabulous job making me feel every bit of the struggle. Add in that this takes place in a community that practices one of the most restrictive forms of the Amish faith, Isaac and David had some pretty heavy decisions to make. Andrews adeptly presents this all to the reader without dragging us down with doctrine and faith. The focus is kept on the family and community expectations and their effects on the men in love.

David and Isaac have a sweet, fumbling foray into love and lust. They are so good together; you just can’t fathom anything for them but a happily ever after. I am eagerly anticipating book two.

Buy Links


Amazon US
Amazon UK

I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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