I wanted to let you in on what has been going in my life reading-wise in the past two weeks. I read Temptation by Kathryn Barrett, one of Entangled Publishing’s new releases, which is a contemporary romance featuring a modern heroine discovering life and finding love in an Amish setting*. I have to say that prior to this novel my knowledge of the Amish was very limited (my excuse is that living in Europe we don’t hear/learn about them much), I saw For Richer or Poorer with Kirstie Alley and Tim Allen when I was a teen, but that was about it.
So yes, Temptation opened a whole new world to me. (But before I get to that let me tell you what a wonderful, well-written, heart-warming yet sexy story it was, so make sure to pick up a copy!) I became curious and wanted to know more about the Amish, who they were, how they lived, what were their customs. After some *cough* a bit more than that *cough* hours spent on Wikipedia and researching articles online I wanted even more. So I tried to get my hands on a couple more Amish stories, Amish romances to immerse myself in their world and see life through their every days. Those of you who read and love Amish romances don’t need me to explain their appeal, but to those who haven’t tried them yet here is my take. I’m not particularly religious. I believe in God, but don’t attend mass every Sunday. When I heard of Christian romances before I feared they were preachy, boring stories (I know, I know, such prejudice, sorry!). Yes, maybe there are some which are like that, but the ones I’ve come across so far were wonderful.
Why you wonder? Because the characters and settings felt real and not prim or affected. The stories had so much heart, kindness, consideration and love for one another that it warmed my heart, and they radiated such peace. I seriously recommend you go out of your comfort zone and try something very different, who knows maybe you’ll discover a new favourite sub-genre or authors, like I did. (And another surprising and really ironic thing is that I love my romances steamy. I just hate when the author closes the bedroom door or lets the scene fade to black, I want to see and read about the physical aspect of the couple’s love, and yet, in these tame and tender romances I didn’t miss the graphic descriptions of kisses and sex, truth be told, I didn’t even notice much it was missing. Trust me, noone is more surprised by that than me…)
So tell me,
Have you ever wandered out of your reading comfort zone? And how did that turn out?
Have you tried or do you read Christian/Amish romances?
Any favourite authors/novels/series you would recommend to me?
* Just to make it clear and not to mislead anyone: Temptation is a contemporary romance featuring sensual scenes and actual lovemaking, it is not an inspirational or Christian romance itself, but a contemporary romance featuring a modern gadget-using heroine who falls in love with an Amish man, with all the delicious scenes describing their yearning, temptation and falling in love