Your heart misleads you.
That’s what my friends and family say.
But I love Noah.
And he loves me.
We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other’s arms.
It should be
ROSE & NOAH
But it won’t be.
Because he’s Amish.
And I’m not.
I left everything I knew behind.
But it was worth it. He was worth it.
No one thought an ordinary girl like me would last two minutes living with the Amish, not even me. There are a lot more rules and a lot less freedom, and I miss my family and the life I once had. Worst of all, Noah and I aren’t even allowed to see each other. Not until I’ve proven myself.
If I can find a way to make it work, we’ll be NOAH & ROSE
But not everybody believes this is where I belong.
Noah and Rose have joined us on the blog today answering a few questions to support the release of Belonging, the 2nd book in the Temptation Trilogy. We hope you enjoy getting to know them a little better and be sure to enter the giveaway below!
What is your biggest concern about Rose joining your community?
For so long, all I’ve wanted is to be with Rose. I’ll do anything to make it happen. Even walk away from my family and community. And I was close to doing just that, but things worked out differently. Rose is going to become one of us. But doubts are still nagging at me. First off, I’m not sure if she can handle the work load. As an English girl, she doesn’t have many chores or responsibilities and that’ll change when she moves in with the Hershbergers. And then there’s the whole authority issue that puts a knot in my stomach when I think too much about it. Rose isn’t a timid field mouse who’ll automatically do what she’s told. It’s going to be struggle for a long while. But, I think she’s up to the challenge—at least I pray she is.
Would you ever consider leaving your community for Rose?
I was ready to walk away from the community when Rose told me she’d become Amish for us to be together. Yeah, I know, I do feel guilty about and all, but this is the best way for us to start our family. If we’re Amish, we’ll have help from my family and the church. The outside world is difficult and dangerous…and certainly not a place to raise our children.
What are you most excited for Rose to experience as part of your community?
Every autumn when the leaves are changing colors and the air becomes crisp, the community holds an auction day at Marcus Yoder’s farm. There are dozens of wagons filled with all manner of things. Rose will be amazed at the handmade furniture and tools for sale. But what she’ll enjoy most is sitting at one of the many picnic tables with the other girls, eating fried cakes and watching the horses and livestock sell. And, if my plan works out, we’ll be able to sneak away from the crowd into one of the barns where I can steal a kiss. Well, with my Rose, it’s never stealing, but you get the idea.
When you first saw Rose, what drew her to you?
The first time I laid eyes on Rose, she was in her father’s foyer, soaking wet, with her long brown hair tangled around her shoulders. But what really got me was that she was wrestling with her brother like a wildcat. I’d never seen a girl acting that way, and I guess I have to say that it intrigued me. There was a fiery quality to her that I was instantly drawn to…and then I noticed her Robin-egg blue eyes and I was a goner.
What is your favorite part about being Amish?
Farming the land and working with horses is in my blood. I can’t imagine a life without leather reins in my hand and mud on my boots, but even more important to me is my family and the community. My ties are strong here.
What are you most excited to experience while learning the ways of the Amish?
To be honest, I’m a bit freaked out about the whole thing. With the cooking, cleaning and washing, I’ll be totally out of my element. But, I’m looking forward to learning how to harness up a horse to a buggy and taking a drive up the road by myself. Ever since Noah’s accident, I’ve been scared to death to get in a buggy again, and I hate the feeling. I’ll have to get over my fear. I bet when I finally do it, it’ll be really cool.
What concerns do you have about giving up your family to join the Amish community?
I’m not giving up my family to be with the Amish at all. I plan to see Dad and the boys on a regular basis. Unlike Noah, my family won’t shun me for my decisions. They’re not happy about it all, but I know in the end, they’ll support me.
What kind of pressure do you feel to make this work?
If I don’t make it in the Amish community, everything will fall apart between me and Noah. He’d have to give up his entire family to be with me, and even though I know he loves me and might even do it, he’d be miserable in my world. I can’t even imagine him not being Amish. That’s why it’s so important for me to make it work. For me and Noah, I have to.
What’s been the coolest thing you’ve experienced since moving into the Amish community?
I’ve learned how to sew my own dress and make grape jelly.
What’s your favorite things about Noah?
Noah is the most mature guy I’ve ever before. He thinks about the future all the time and is super protective. I guess since Mom died, I need someone to watch over me. I’m amazed that he’s a skilled builder at only eighteen and I love the fact that he’s a horseman. And, it doesn’t hurt that he’s drop-dead gorgeous. Sometimes, when we’re together, I look away and blush. I can hardly believe he’s all mine.
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