A quick blurb about the book, from the website.
Shannon’s summer just got a whole lot more . . . Amish?
Shannon McNamara has exciting plans for the summer–getting her driver’s license, a job, and more–and she can’t wait to dive in. But her ill mother has plans of her own: to relocate them both to the heart of Amish country in Ohio where she has relatives who can help her.
For the most part, I really enjoyed reading My Amish Boyfriend, by Melody Carlson. It is more geared towards teen girls however, which I knew when I decided to review this book. The main character Shannon had plans for the Summer. She was going to get her driver’s license, a job, and then a tattoo on her vacation. She wanted a butterfly because it signifies rebirth and independence. Shannon is the main caretaker of her mom who has some sort of illness that does not get defined till later in the book. She has a lot on her plate and she wants some independence. She wants freedom. She is 16 after all. Shannon also has not been praying as she knows she needs to be doing, but she is feeling a bit far apart from Him. She comes home from school and finds out she is not getting a job or a tattoo and is instead going to her grandparents. Who happen to be Amish. Shannon is not Amish.
I related to Shannon in this book in a way. I was the primary caretaker of my mom before she passed away of cancer in 2006. I had to do everything for her, even when we decided for her to go into the nursing home. I was still there 8 hours or better a day with her. I was younger, not as young as Shannon, but the feelings of being stuck. I certainly can relate.
The author, Melody Carlson, really engages the reader. The writing is easy to read, it flows from chapter to chapter. Shannon learns some life lessons, falls in love with an Amish boy, and learns to interact with grandparents she did not know she had, let alone know that they were Amish. I love the book. I give this book 5/5 starts!
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than two hundred books, including the Life at Kingston High series, the Dating Games series, Double Take, and A Simple Song. She has received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon. Find out more at www.melodycarlson.com.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review on my blog. All opinions are mine. I did not have to give a positive review. You can read the rest of my disclosure on the tab above.