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?
When a community stomps down individuality, what is the effect on its populace? I enjoy M/M Romance and have had my eye on this book for over a year. I finally read it and I’m so glad I did. This book is about two men who live in a society where everything they do is watched. They have to toe the line – whether that is in how wide the brim of their hat is, to when they need to join their church, to what language they can speak in.
It is a little slow. Andrews goes into a lot of nuance of the Amish lifestyle in Isaac and David’s community. She also builds their relationship gradually, which in the end is perfect, but I will admit while reading through it, I got frustrated a few times. However, my frustration went away once I saw the direction the author was going to take it.
There’s friendship, forbidden love and lust, and two men trying to figure out if they can be gay and still live the life they were brought up in and how that will work. Andrews did an exceptional job of not casting the religion as an evil thing, but as a sort of third character for which I felt no animosity, but worry for the people it affected. It was a good tale of the kind of pain that comes out of trying to ‘batten down the hatches’ too much on anyone. If you take away every kind of freedom, just what will come from it? In the end, my heart ached for not just the two main characters, but their families as well.
An exceptional book and I’m so excited to read the next book that I’ve already purchased it. A definite 5 star read.