While traveling through Manhattan on the way back to her Amish community, young Amanda Beiler is struck by a limousine. The limo's passenger, Cuban-born superstar Alejandro Diaz, takes responsibility for her injuries and vows to oversee her recovery. Leaving the fame circuit behind, Alejandro returns Amanda to her family in Lititz, Pennsylvania.
Desperate for a break from the stress of the spotlight, the famous singer offers to stay on the family farm for a week to help - an offer guardedly accepted by the deeply religious kin who surround and protect Amanda. As different as they are, she and Alejandro find that a genuine friendship begins to blossom, along with the realization that it might be something more. But if the paparazzi get wind of the superstar's whereabouts, will they threaten the peace of the faithful community for a sensational story? And in the glare of an unwelcome spotlight, and with the unexpected feelings between them, can this couple build a lasting bridge between their vastly different worlds?
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"This is not a novel; it's a bad rip-off."
This is part of a series, but it's not a series of novels in the sense of an ongoing set of characters involved in a series of stories (like the Virgin River series or the Walt Longmire series or Outlander series.)
This is a series only in the sense of taking a story and breaking it into several parts and selling them separately to see just how gullible you and I can be. This is a novel in no sense of the word at all. This is a rip-off.
This book contains a plot so thin as to be nearly transparent. Cuban hip-hop star "Viper" is riding in a limo that hits an Amish woman crossing a street in Manhattan. Amish woman breaks leg, goes to hospital and gets taken care of by Viper because she has big brown eyes and he feels guilty.
So, of course, he escorts her back to her parents' home in Lancaster Co., PA and - wait for it - decides to stay for a week. Uh huh.
So, this setup took the first third of the book and there was enough soul-searching, internal dialoguing, self-assessing, mind-numbing detail in the subsequent chapters as to induce a coma.
But he eventually gets found by the media and he has to leave the farm and return to LA. But the paparazzi have found Amanda and are camping out on the farm, harassing the locals and making everyone miserable... for a month... while Viper tries to deflect attention by nuzzling the neck of someone named Maria. But the harassment at Amanda's farm increases because... well, she's all Amish and stuff... and eventually Alejandro "Viper" hears about it.
Meanwhile, Amanda is told by the Bishop that she has to leave and if she doesn't, her parents will be "shunned" by the community.
So Alejandro hears about this and goes to the farm to take Amanda away (rescue her.) She gets in the car to go with him.
Yep. You heard right. It just ends.
And the massive amounts of filler and fluff and flutter that are used to puff this "story" into a book-length "novel" are so incredibly boring that I kept thinking, "This just has to start moving soon!" And when it did... it ended.
I despise this kind of ripoff. It's dishonest and annoying. I'm returning it to Audible and I will not read any more of this. It's not a "series." It's the first part of a novel and it's a bait and switch.
The narration, by the way, was amateurish and annoying. Ms. McFadden showed high emotion by shouting and deep emotion by whispering which will challenge your ability to control the volume on your listening device. Her accents are awful and inconsistent.
This is Plain Bad.
You've been warned.
"Very well written"
Listening to it by audio. It kept me on my toes. Now off to part 2👍👍
"Excellent book, excellent narration!!"
I started with the Christmas book first and loved it so much I wanted to listen to the whole series. The performance is one of the best I've ever heard!
"Sweet love story"
Sweet love story without all the raunchy details. Enjoyed the story line and look forward to seeing where part 2 takes us.
"Amish meets "The English""
When Amanda went into the guest house to find her Cuban friend dancing to his ear buds; then the attention he gave to her while her Mam was not home, Amanda worrying that she should get back to the main house before her Mothers return.
Why, that is very difficult as she read each of their parts most excellently.
I loved the part when they kissed in the buggy. Amanda's hair fell loose from her prayer cap and she didn't worry about replacing it.
My mind tends to wander and I lose focus with listening to an audiobook. Some have actually put me to sleep. This one was so very interesting that I lay on the sofa absolutely mesmerized throughout. My attention never left the reading. I can barely wait to listen to book two.
"Not Just Another Amish Story"
Have already recommended this one to many people. It's quite different from the other books I have listened to in this genre. It not only captures the Amish culture but the fast paced life of a Latin superstar.
Alejandro at the farm and gaining acceptance from Elias, Amanda's father.
Really, really great accents. I'm amazed at how well she does with the Cuban accent of Viper and changes to the Amish accent and then nails the snooty voice and accent of some of the people who look down on Amanda.
It made me want more. I was not going to buy the next book because I really do not like romance novels but this one intrigued me and I bought the second book. I just finished it and have bought the 3rd book!
This one is really worth the read. I did't spend a credit because it didn't cost that much so I bought it and the next and the next. I keep thinking that I will get bored with this series but I have to find out what is next so I keep purchasing the next one book.
Cuban superstar runs over Amish girl and falls in love. The premise is almost so bad that it's good. Almost, but not quite. It's just bad.
"Plain Fame is just Plain Boring"
I found this story to be a bit juvenile in the plot line and the writing. The abrupt ending felt like a cheap ploy to force you into buying into the series. I am not going to fall for that one! Lastly you can't tell me that Alejandro wouldn't fire his manager for manipulating him for publicity sake. Not believable!
I think Amy did a fine job with the content she had to work with.
This us a very sweet read. Ended kind of abruptly I think because it is a series so you should expect to continue the series.
I did not make it very far into this book because it is annoyingly juvenile. Perhaps better for pre- teens in its writing style.
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