A Forbidden Rumspringa

December 23, 2014

A Forbidden Rumspringa is part 1 in the Gay Amish Romance series by Keira Andrews. Part 2 is to be published in the beginning of 2015, with part 3 to follow later on.

In this book we meet Isaac Byler, an 18 year old boy who lives with his parents and sisters in the small town of Zebulon, an Amish town.

Isaac has always known he is different, but doesn’t know why. At his age he will soon take a wife and start a life of his own, but does he really want that?

In the Amish group he lives in, every rule is very strict. They believe other Amish are to worldly and they are determined to live according to the bible in every way. As such, the practice of Rumspringa is not allowed. Rumspringa refers to the period where Amish children are allowed to go out in to the world and explore. After a while they have to decide if they want to stay in the outside world or want to come back to the church forever.

David Lantz takes on Isaac as an apprentice and starts teaching him everything he knows about carpentry. But pretty soon feelings start to develop between the two boys and things get out of hand. Every chance they get to go out and do all the things their religion forbids, they take it. They fall deeper and deeper in love.

But they both know their friends, family and church will never accept them if they are together. Homosexuality is considered a great sin in the church and the punishment is to be thrown out forever and shunned from your family.

So in the end David and Isaac will have to decide if their love is worth never seeing their loved ones again. Will they be together forever or not?

I absolutely love this book. The main characters are strong and you can feel very much for them. It must be very hard to feel this way in such a closed group. I am really looking forward to part 2 and to learn how David and Isaac fare in life.

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?

Find out more about Keira Andrews and all her books at her own personal website here.

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