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2.22.2014

My Amish Boyfriend ~ Review

My Amish Boyfriend
By Melody Carlson

Shannon McNamara has a plan for her summer and she's determined to get three things accomplished. First off is getting her driver's license, second a job, and third a tattoo.

But as the saying goes the best laid plans of mice and men soon go awry and so do Shannon's. Her mother's illness has become so great that she reveals to Shannon that she has a family in Ohio and they have no choice but to go there for help.

But the existence of family isn't all that Shannon's mother has hidden from her.  Shannon's grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins are all Amish!

Living a whole summer as Amish has an appeal to Shannon, until she starts playing Amish.  The work is hard, but doable.  The clothes are different than what she is use to.  And who heard of pinning your clothes instead of buttoning or zipping them up?

But meeting Ezra Troyer may make it all worthwhile and it could be incentive for becoming Amish. But is love enough reason to become Amish?  Shannon is about to find out!

My Amish Boyfriend is a book that will appeal to teen girls and fans of Melody Carlson.  It takes a look at the difference in true love and a crush.  It also looks at the current romanticism of the Amish  lifestyle and how it is a belief system and not just a set rules.

With her mother shunned can Shannon really embrace a life that would forbid her to have contact with her mother?  And how can her mother receive the proper care that her condition requires if she can't get her to a doctor with all the modern technology?

My Amish Boyfriend looks at the strains a single parent household faces when an unexpected illness reverses the roles that parent and child must play.  In a sense Shannon's Amish fling is an escape, or at least attempt to escape the pressures of dealing with a chronically ill parent.

This is an enjoyable book that will appeal on many levels and I loved Shannon's efforts to learn about her newly discovered family and her attempts to fit in.  I also find her discovers about herself and her identity to be believable.  I wouldn't mind revisiting Shannon McNamara in a future book just to see where she goes.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Revell in exchange for my honest opinion and review.



Shannon's summer just got a whole lot more . . . Amish?

Shannon McNamara has exciting plans for the summer--getting her driver's license, a job, and more--and she can't wait to dive in. But her ill mother has plans of her own: to relocate them both to the heart of Amish country in Ohio where she has relatives who can help her.

Turns out a "simple" life is actually a lot of hard work. But when a hot young Amish guy named Ezra enters the picture, Shannon's ready to get an Amish makeover and even consider making it a permanent change. Will these plans come crashing down around her too? Or can she really make the jump into a whole new way of life?

Teen favorite Melody Carlson brings fans another surprising story of worlds--and families--colliding.