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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen; Original edition (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373210817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373210817
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #938,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rose is trying to follow the rules of her new Amish home and stay out of trouble so that she can finally be with Noah. However, she learns that being Amish is not as easy as she’d expected, even as the couple’s families try to keep them apart. The sequel to Temptation (2012), this places the reader in an Amish community filled with danger, suspense, romance, and mystery. The writing is addictive and fast-paced, leaving readers breathlessly waiting for more. Grades 9-12. --Bethany Fort

About the Author

A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in Northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons, or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs, and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel. Karen loves to hear from readers. You can find her on the Web at Facebook.com/KarenAnnHopkins.

Customer Reviews

I will definitely be picking up the next book.
Brandi Breathes Books
Now that Rose has transitioned into the Amish way of life, she must prove herself worthy of Noah and his love as well as showing that she belongs among them.
Stephanie Ward
I think the readers of this book will end up questioning that very idea as well.
Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jen--Jenuine Cupcakes on May 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
The Amish Romeo and Juliet saga continues.

What I liked: The cover is what piqued my interest followed closely by the plot, like an Amish Romeo and Juliet. It's well written with a clear distinction between the dialect of the Amish verses the English (anyone who isn't Amish) and of course, there's plenty of romantic tension.

BELONGING provides more of an inside look into the world of the Amish as Rose adjusts to her new life. Everyone expects her to fail and even Noah begins to have his doubts but her willingness to prove herself is admirable. Rose and Noah have their issues but I found them enjoyable and their struggle to balance the Amish old-fashioned ways with their desires was entertaining.

What left me wanting: I wanted to love this, I really did, but the insta-love that happened in Temptation, bordered on obsession and the drama wore on me after a while. I know the Amish have their issues but I was hoping for more HEA and less, "Dateline Special". The ending didn't surprise me at all which was a bit of a letdown.

Final verdict: If you loved Temptation, you 'll no doubt enjoy this sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger on May 18, 2013
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Rating: 2.5/5

I read the first book, Temptation, not too long ago and had some good things to say about it--The scandalous romance and the unique setting of the story made for an entertaining and in some ways educating read. However, for some reason when I read Belonging, I didn't get the same goody-bookworm feeling I had after reading the first novel, and because of that it took me a bit longer than usual to get through it.

Belonging focuses for a large portion of the book on Rose finally getting her chance to be Amish so she can freely be with Noah. As the reader, we get to take this unknown journey with her as Rose is finally faced with the chores, rules and responsibilities that come with being Amish. One thing I've always loved about Rose was how dedicated and determined she is when she wants something. She doesn't let anything stop her and she does everything she can to stand up for what she believes in. That being said I think this was at times a fault of hers as well, which is something I particularly noticed in Belonging. I think there were more than a few times were Rose doubted what she was doing and I sometimes felt like she was almost a little too proud to admit that there is a possible life path for her that doesn't include Noah. It's unfortunate because it seems like Rose finally starts to consider this toward the end of the novel, but then some unexpected news changes things.

One of the biggest differences in my opinion about this series from book one to two is my thoughts on Noah's character. Noah and Rose's relationship in book one was scandalous, passionate and consuming, and in book two, it continued that way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brandi Breathes Books on May 9, 2013
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Belonging picks up the theme of the intense and all encompassing love between Noah and Rose. I loved being in their heads, and how much they care for one another. Besides their dual perspectives, we also get to hear from Sam in this one. I didn't think I would like his point of view as much as the others, but I ended up really appreciating what he had to bring to the story. Even when he did stupid stuff. But seeing him fall for Summer, and the things that he realizes about himself, and how much he grows, the the very adult choice he makes in the end really impressed me.
This is not to say that I didn't have any issues with the books. Noah and Rose both are so mature and immature all at the same time. They make sacrifices for one another and in order to be together, and that proves that their feelings are real, but then the selfish side of each of them rears its head. Especially when there are misunderstandings and things trying to tear them apart. At times, their love seems more like an obsession, but then there are healthy things that seem to negate it. I was just so back and forth, but the one thing that kept drawing me in was their character growth. What they learn about each other, the respect they gain for their elders and others in the community, and how much they start to grow up really impressed me. Besides being caught up in their epic romance and the forbidden love element that I really loved.
I wanted them to be happy, and for them to work out if their love is true and they were making decisions for the right reasons. But when things threaten to tear them apart, and both Noah and Rose are under assumption of things that are not true, they make some really bad choices.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lindy@ A Bookish Escape on May 6, 2013
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Belonging is the exquisite sequel to Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins! Belonging began right were Temptation left off. Rose is dropped off with a kindly elder Amish couple to learn the ins and outs of becoming Amish herself. As soon as she arrives at her foster parents home, she is met with the Bishop, and the ministers of the Amish church. She doesn't exactly get a warm welcome, and the Bishop lays down the strict rules of the Amish society of Meadow View, and lectures Rose that she has to prove herself fit for the Amish culture, and become a part of the church before Noah, and her can begin courting, and belong to one another. Rose is upset to learn that the process of learning before she can become a part of the church can take several months. This means that Noah and Rose must adhere to all of the church's rules, or Rose will be removed from the society, and her and Noah will not be able to be together.

The first half went at a slow pace, and consisted of Rose and Noah's day to day lives, their thoughts of each other, and interactions with one another. The story was still told in alternating view points between Rose, and Noah, but this time we also get Sam's (Rose's eldest brother) perspective here and there. It all tied together seamlessly. In Belonging, we got to know a lot more about the secondary character's that were introduced to us in Temptation. We learn a lot more about Sam and his day to day life. Also, Rose become's closer to Suzanna (an Amish friend she met in Temptation,) and Suzanna introduces her to Miranda (another Amish girl,) and Summer (a girl from the country who has grown up among the Amish.) Rose develops close-knit friendships with these three girls, and they all help, and support one another throughout the story.
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More About the Author

You can visit Karen Ann Hopkins at her website: www.karenannhopkins.com.

Karen Ann Hopkins resides in northern Kentucky with her family on a farm that boasts a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats. Karen's main job is home schooling the kids, but she finds time to give riding lessons, coach a youth equestrian drill team, and of course, write. She was inspired to create her first book, Temptation, by the Amish community she lived in. The experiential knowledge she gained through her interactions with her neighbors drove her to create the story of the star-crossed lovers, Rose and Noah.

Karen grew up about a mile from Lake Ontario in Upstate New York. She was bitten by the horse bug at the age of five, and after diligently taking riding lessons for several years, was rewarded with her first horse at the age of eleven. The feisty horse's name was Lady, a Quarter Horse-Thoroughbred cross, who became Karen's steadfast companion. Through the years, the constant force in her life was horses. Eventually, she found her place as a riding instructor herself. Before accepting her fate in the barnyard, she worked a short stint as a paralegal, traveled abroad, and guided tourists on horseback riding tours in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

Karen is currently working on her Amish mystery series, Serenity's Plain Secrets, along with the YA paranormal/fantasy series, The Wings of War and the continuation of the Temptation series. Karen is also excited to announce the Temptation series has been optioned for TV by Pilgrim Studios.

"I loved joining Rose and Noah during their journey in the Temptation series by Karen Hopkins."-Katie McGarry, acclaimed YA author

Karen's Books:
TEMPTATION,BELONGING, FOREVER: YA Temptation Series, Harlequin Teen
RACHEL'S DECEPTION: YA Temptation Series
Coming June 2015

LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER: Adult mystery/thriller, Serenity's Plain
Secrets Series No. 1, Amazon E-book, paperback

WHISPERS FROM THE DEAD: Adult mystery/thriller, Serenity's Plain
Secrets Series No. 2,Amazon E-book, paperback

SECRETS IN THE GRAVE: Adult mystery/thriller, Serenity's Plain
Secrets Series No. 3, Amazon E-book, paperback
Coming December 2015

EMBERS: YA paranormal/thriller, Wings
of War Series No. 1, Amazon
E-book, paperback

GAIA: YA paranormal/thriller, Wings of War Series No. 2,
Amazon E-book, paperback
Coming November 2015

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