Tour Review & Giveaway: Rachel’s Deception by Karen Ann Hopkins

May 22, 2015 blog tour, giveaway, Review 5

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I was absolutely thrilled to find out that the Temptation series would be continuing on. I adored this series when I read it, it’s what made me fall in love with Amish fiction AND led me to discover Karen Ann Hopkin’s (who is now one of my auto-buy authors!) writing. I was excited to dive back into Rose and Noah’s story and to discover more about Rachel.

Tour Review & Giveaway: Rachel’s Deception by Karen Ann HopkinsRachel's Deception by Karen Ann Hopkins
Series: Temptation #4
on May 08th 2015
Pages: 324
Source: Kismet Blog Tours
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Growing up Amish is difficult…but leaving it behind is even harder.

Noah was Amish...Rose wasn't. Being together should have been impossible. But somehow they found a way to make it work. They are finally a family, but their happily-ever-after is still a long off. Will Rose and her friends be able to force real change?

Karen Ann Hopkins returns with a gripping new book in the YA Temptation series. The powerful family saga continues with Rachel's Deception, as events spiral out of control in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview. And Rachel Miller has her own secrets to hide. Noah’s younger sister has been living a double life. That is, until Justin Cameron, Rose's little brother, catches her in the act. Rachel is not the obedient Amish girl that her sister was, and her rebelliousness takes her to a very dangerous world. A world that only her true friends can help her escape from.

As Rachel questions all she has been taught about love, family, and commitment, Rose discovers what it really means to be shunned. And an evil shadow looms on the horizon, threatening not only Rose, but everyone she holds dear.

 My Thoughts & Review
Oh, how I missed Rose and Noah! I thought that I was ok with closing the book (haha, no pun intended) on Rose and Noah’s story but I didn’t realize how much I wanted to know how they were doing until I opened Rachel’s Deception! Not only do we get to see them again, but all of the beloved (and not so loved) characters of the previous books.

I was thrilled to see that even though this book is about Rachel, there is again multiple points of views including Rose and Justin as well. Rachel always seemed a bit surly in the previous books, but I didn’t know too much about her that I could remember, so I was really intrigued to see where her story was going, especially with the recent death of her sister. I don’t entirely know how I feel about her though, she’s a really hard character to get attached to but by the end of the book I was certainly rooting for her well being. Mostly I was just incredibly sad for her because it’s obvious she is in tremendous emotional pain. Justin, I always liked, and we got a much better insight to him in this book. Rose is the same ole lovable character from the previous books as well. Noah surprised me because he seemed to really grow quite a bit since Forever, although we didn’t see a lot of him. Suzanna, Miranda, and Summer, of course, make huge appearances and I adore the three of those girls so much. I loved that Rose still has strong friendships with the Amish girls, despite not being a part of the community any longer.

I couldn’t put this down once I started. There was so much going on with everybody that I refused to stop reading until I had finished! Rachel’s conflicting feelings between Micah and Justin, Rose and the girls opening up the dress shop, the creepy appearance from Levi’s point of view at the start of the book … It was very fast paced, with zero lulls in the story. It’s hard for me to write this review because if you haven’t read it yet, there is a lot going on that I don’t want to spoil but rest assured, there is a lot of plot, character development and growth, and feelings!!

Rachel’s Deception quite honestly broke my heart. I won’t spoil the ending for anyone, but if you have read it (or when you do) you will know exactly what I mean. I was so shocked by the events that unfolded that I actually read backward, thinking that I might have misread something. It was an incredibly sad turn of events. Despite that, I think that this has taken the place of my favorite of the series and I am SO excited to see that the ending seems like there is going to be another book in the series!

If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend it. Karen Ann Hopkins is incredibly knowledgeable with Amish culture and customs and it shows through in her stories. The Temptation series is heartwarming, heartbreaking and has so many twists and unexpected turns and Rachel’s Deception delivered all of that and more!

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The Temptation Series

Temptation  Belonging  forever

Temptation(Book 1) on Goodreads • Amazon • B&N • Indiebound
Belonging (Book 2) on Goodreads • Amazon • B&N • Indiebound
Forever (Book 3) on Goodreads • Amazon • B&N • Indiebound
Rachel’s Deception (Book 4) on Goodreads • Amazon • B&N

As of April 21st, the Temptation is now available on Audible so be sure to check it out if you enjoy audiobooks!

Tour Schedule

Monday, May 18thpageturnersblog – Guest Post
Tuesday, May 19thA Bookish Escape – Review
Wednesday, May 20thBooks and Things – Guest Post
Thursday, May 21stSassy Book Lovers – Review together with Guest Post
Friday, May 22ndLose Time Reading – Review

Monday, May 25thLiterary Meanderings – Author Interview
Tuesday, May 26thReading Lark – Review
Wednesday, May 27thSassy & Dangerous – Interview
Thursday, May 28thActin’ Up with Books – Review
Friday, May 29thHer Book Thoughts – Review together with Guest Post

Monday, June 1stBittersweet Enchantment – Guest Post
Tuesday, June 2nd Supernatural Snark – Interview
Wednesday, June 3rdCurling Up With A Good Book – Interview
Thursday, June 4thManga Maniac Cafe – Guest Post
Friday, June 5thBewitched Bookworms – Guest Post

About Karen Ann Hopkins

Karen Ann Hopkins

Karen Ann Hopkins resides in northern Kentucky with her family on a farm that boasts a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats. Karen's main job is home schooling the kids, but she finds time to give riding lessons, coach a youth equestrian drill team, and of course, write. She was inspired to create her first book, Temptation, by the Amish community she lived in. The experiential knowledge she gained through her interactions with her neighbors drove her to create the story of the star-crossed lovers, Rose and Noah.

Karen grew up about a mile from Lake Ontario in Upstate New York. She was bitten by the horse bug at the age of five, and after diligently taking riding lessons for several years, was rewarded with her first horse when she turned eleven. The feisty horse's name was Lady, a Quarter Horse-Thoroughbred cross, who became Karen's steadfast companion. Through the years, the constant force in her life was horses. Eventually, she found her place as a riding instructor herself. Before accepting her fate in the barnyard, she worked a short stint as a paralegal, traveled abroad, and guided tourists on horseback riding tours in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

Karen is currently working on her Amish mystery series, Serenity's Plain Secrets, along with the YA paranormal/fantasy series, The Wings of War. Karen is also excited to announce the Temptation series has been optioned for TV by Pilgrim Studios and is available on Audible. More books in the Temptation series are in the works.


5 Responses to “Tour Review & Giveaway: Rachel’s Deception by Karen Ann Hopkins”

  1. Victoria Alexander

    Thanks for sharing your review.. I’ve been following the tour and this sounds like an amazing series. I’m looking forward to checking it out 🙂

  2. Bianca

    I hadn’t realized that she released another! I thought it was a trilogy and that Forever was it. I liked the series and although this one sounds just as enticing but am not sure if I’d want to jump back in. I know you mentioned Noah and Rose being present but I am guessing the emphasis is on Rachel? I just worry they already got things worked out am I going to jump in to watch it all fall completely apart and have to wait for them to pick up the pieces once more? Thank a for the review and putting this back on my radar.

    • Karen Ann Hopkins

      Hi, Bianca! Thanks for reading the Temptation series! Rachel’s Deception is the 4th book in the ongoing series about the young people living in the Meadowview Amish community. Rose and Noah’s story continues, but in a more subtle way, letting the reader know how their doing, and letting you see them both mature as lovers and parents. This segment introduces Rachel, Noah’s younger sister. She has a lot going on. Justin, Rose’s little brother, also gets a POV. The next book, Summer’s Song, which will be out May, 2016 will focus on Summer and Sam’s romance. But all the books will keep fans involved with Rose and Noah as well. Hope you’ll check it out!
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