From the publisher:
In Shelley Shepard Gray’s third book in her Charmed Amish Life series, a respectable young woman finds herself falling for an Amish man from the wrong side of the tracks.
Amelia Kinsinger is the perfect Amish woman—at least according to her neighbors. And while Amelia takes pride in her role as homemaker, she’s also harboring a secret: She’s been in love with bad boy Simon Hochstetler for as long as she can remember. Too bad he’s about as far from “perfect” as an Amish man could get… but that’s exactly why she’s so drawn to him.
Life hasn’t been kind to Simon. He ran away from an abusive home at fifteen and things went downhill from there. Eventually, Simon landed in prison. But the experience changed him. Now back in Charm as a grown man, he’s determined to make a new life for himself and not think too much about his wild past…unless it pertains to Amelia.
He’s loved Amelia for years. To him, she represents everything good and kind in the world. When he realizes that she returns his affections, he starts calling on her in secret, even though her older brother Lukas—who just happens to be Simon’s best friend—has made it perfectly clear that Amelia deserves better. Simon disagrees and believes he’s the only one who can truly make her happy.
But when Amelia gets hurt, it sets off a chain of events that forces them to consider their future together—and face their past mistakes. There’s a chance for love… but only if Simon dares to trust Amelia with the secrets of his past.
If you have not read the other two book in this series, I highly recommend you reading those before reading this book. It will help with all the characters and the situations that are dealt with in the book much easier.
This is a small book, like the other three. Which makes it feel more like a novella than a novel. For that reason there isn't as much plot development or character depth as a longer novel would have. However, for what it is, the book is well done.
Readers will cheer for Amelia and Simon and for the things they have to deal with. Simon's sister Tess is just as much a part of this book as Simon is and it adds to the story by bringing in other view points.
It was hard for me to read about Lukas and Rebecca being so mean, it seemed a bit out of character after reading the other books. Also, Amelia is a lot more likeable in this book than the others, which could be what the author was going for to help you have different ways of looking at each situation.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.