Willow Creek

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Karen Ann Hopkins

Romance, Women’s Fiction

Published October 23, 2020 by Harper Collins, One More Chapter

When Katie Colter’s life was saved during a ferocious storm by Rowan Coblentz, an Amish boy from the neighboring settlement, she repaid his kindness with a kiss.  And in that one moment a forbidden love was ignited.  But when Katie’s father found the young lovers together, he banished Rowan, and Katie never saw him again…

Now, six years later, with her father dead and the family farm in jeopardy, Katie needs Rowan’s help.  But the shy young Amish boy she once knew has grown into a handsome and forceful man. 

The attraction between them is still as strong as ever, but Katie’s life is on her family farm, with the horses she loves, and Rowan’s place is within his sheltered Amish community.   Can their love find a way, or will it remain forbidden, forever?

My Thoughts:

There were things I really liked about this book and things I didn’t.

First off – I was expecting a clean read, typically Amish books are, and this is not one of them. This falls more into the romance genre than Christian genre. I tried to skip over the sex scenes as best as I could, and there were times I missed some important dialogue by doing so.

I liked the premise of his world vs hers and the forbidden love aspect. How many times have we longed for something we couldn’t have? 

At first I was really annoyed by how they treated each other and how they seemed to blow up at each other and overreact and once the author reminded me a couple of times that they were only 22, I dawned on me this was a maturity issue. Once I recognized that, I was able to move on past the annoyance for the most part. 

I didn’t really like Katie much through the first ¾ of the book. It seemed like Rowan was doing all the giving and she was doing all of the taking. There didn’t seem to be much of an acknowledgement that Rowan was contemplating giving up his entire life for her. I liked his chapters the best. 

I wish there had been more dialogue between them, delving deeper into who they are and more into the issues they faced as a couple and less focus on their attraction to each other. 

I’m curious if there will be a sequel to this for Rebecca. I wasn’t sure what to think about her character. I’m not sure how I liked how her mental illness (depression) was portrayed. I’m not sure if she was completely depressed and felt hopeless or if she was just being manipulative and based on what the author wrote, I’m not sure if she knew either.