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A Forbidden Rumspringa

Gay Amish Romance Series, Book 1
Narrated by: John Solo
Series: Gay Amish Romance Series, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
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Summary

When two young Amish men find love, will they risk losing everything?  

In a world where every detail of life - down to the width of a hat brim - is dictated by God and the all-powerful rules of the community, two men dare to imagine a different way. At 18, Isaac Byler knows little outside the strict Amish settlement of Zebulon, Minnesota, where there is no rumspringa for exploration beyond the boundaries of their insular world. Isaac knows he'll have to officially join the church and find a wife before too long, but he yearns for something else - something he can't name.  

Dark tragedy has left carpenter David Lantz alone to support his mother and sisters, and he can't put off joining the church any longer. But when he takes on Isaac as an apprentice, their attraction grows amid the sweat and sawdust. David shares his sinful secrets, and he and Isaac struggle to reconcile their shocking desires with their commitment to faith, family, and community. Now that they've found each other, are they willing to lose it all?   

Contains mature themes.

©2014 Keira Andrews (P)2019 Tantor

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A touching story

A touching story of forbidden love and the stress and heartbreak that comes from someone dictating what one can and can't do.💕

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An outstanding audiobook!

This is such an amazing moving story. My heart went out to both David and Isaac as they fell in love and dealt with their families and Amish community. It's narrated wonderfully by John Solo. He gauges the emotions and passions between the two men perfectly.

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Great audio for one of my favourite ever series...

Wonderful. One of my fave ever series has finally appeared on audio, and was very well narrated by John Solo...although I have to admit I was half expecting him to come out with Patrick's voice from Leta Blake's Wake Up Married Serial, Episodes 1 - 3 and Wake Up Married serial, Episodes 4 - 6: Fight Their Feelings, Meet the Mob, Happy Ending...both of which were brilliant by the way 😁. Can't wait until A Clean Break is released later this month I believe. 5 stars from me.

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  • Aerielle
  • 04-09-19

Heart wrenching!!!

Oh man this audio had me feeling ALL the feels. My heart broke for the pain Isaac and David went through while trying to figure out their forbidden relationship. John Solo did a great job with the narration. I always enjoys audios he’s narrating.

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  • brennanboys3
  • 29-08-19

Beautiful and narration was wonderful

Beautiful... When I first read this book a few years ago I think it was my first Keira Andrews story. I never read anything about the Amish before and I was pretty new to reading m/m. This books solidified Keira Andrews as one of my favorite writers and I’ve never looked back. This story is gentle in a way, it tells the tale of Isaac Byler, an Amish man who has always felt different from other men in his community who are joining church, getting baptized and taking wives. Isaac has always noticed David Lance, another man in the community who is a skilled carpenter and taking care of his mother and sisters after his fathers death a few years prior. When Isaac’s father sets up an apprenticeship for him with David, Isaac is so nervous and he just doesn’t quite understand why he gets that way around David. As they work together the two men grow closer and Isaac learns that his feelings for David are reciprocated. There is a lot of guilt on both sides because of the way they have been raised but what is between them is just too strong to deny. The story is so beautiful and flows so well. There is no rushing into things and the struggles both men face are true to life. Growing up in an Amish community is difficult for some of the youth, especially with all the technology that is around today. The Amish community Isaac belongs to follows the old traditions so they do not even have indoor plumbing or electricity and the head of their community is a hard man. Guilt seems to be used to keep many in line and I know that is how it is for a lot of people who are very religious no matter what type of religion they follow. Isaac would be shunned if his family found out he is gay, that is considered a worse sin then using a telephone or trying alcohol like some of the youth have done. Isaac and David know that the only way to be together is to leave but that isn’t an easy choice, especially for David who doesn’t want to leave his mother and sisters alone. I really enjoyed John Solo’s narration. I am disappointed when one of my favorite books is put on audio and the narrator does it no justice but that was not the case here. I hope the next two books come out in audio soon. The narration with Keira’s stellar writing was a perfect combination.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 07-08-20

amazing

It's review time 🎧 Warning ⚠️ : Amish religion, male to male love. A lot of s** Narrator score🎧 ; I really love Jon solo I think she's work is marvelous and incredible and he managed surprise me in my opinion this was the best series that this narrator performed the characters and feelings... i just dont even. John was absalutly extraordinary. Level of steam🔥: well as they apparently say, the deeper the denial the deeper the desire. It was hot super hot 🔥 those two experimented a lot with their bodies. Level of anxiety and sadness0😱😢: i have to say it wasn't as terrible as I thought it would, I bought this series as soon as it came out on audible, but it took me a long would to listen to it because I wasn't in the mood to cry my soul out, and though I did cry in some parts of this trilogy, It wasn't as terrible as I thought it will be. The book itself📖: wow , this author did an incredible research before she wrote the books, and you can see. Both chapters were beautiful to me, I love them so much. And I will think about those books a lot after today. Look, I admire this author, because homophobia is a subject that should be spoken about yet, unfortunately . But it's more than that, she respected a whole community without being ethnocentric, and it's very important that she gave us the listeners/readers the opportunity to be in a world without judging it as a writer.

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  • TLD
  • 26-09-19

Original,creative,captivating,engrossing

The author explores gay invisibility in a dour world of disapproving Amish. Isaac and his fellow sect members in Minnesota have never seen a mirror "the devil's plaything," which encourages vanity. Nor have they spoken on phones, seen TV, films or read non-scripture books. What if one of them is gay, same as the 4% of people in the Western world? The story explores the characters in this environment, the attempt to establish love despite its danger and the effect of this vacuum life on different men. I loved it & can't wait to listen to the remaining audiobooks in the series.

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  • Katy Beth
  • 27-09-20

Leaving

Wow, there are so many deep feelings. I can't image the pain of feeling like you have no choice and are afraid of your own thought. This story is nail biting waiting for any moment for something to happen. This was dramatic right to the end. I can't wait to read the next book. I listened to the Audible version and the narration was well done.

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  • Tammy Vige
  • 18-08-20

Horrible

I started this book because I love Amish books but couldn’t finish it. Disgusting storyline

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  • kevin
  • 28-07-20

love this book

love love love this book.... you got to read this book its a must read..

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  • Victor C.
  • 17-07-20

Emotional and beautiful!

I enjoyed every bit of this book. It was well paced . Every scenes and dialogues had a purpose. The characters were believable and it was obvious that the author had well researched. Narration was a bit odd but I quickly got used to it and thought the reader did a fantastic job. Overall, I love it.

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  • Lady Di
  • 06-07-20

Needed different narrator

This was a good story. Heart wrenching at times. Really well done sex/romance. Some hot scenes. But the narrator totally ruined the whole story for me. He made Isaac sound like a whiney scared little boy. He wasn’t. He was braver of the two. If your into this forbidden story you may want to check out goodbye paradise by Sarina Bowen. That story was narrated to perfection and very similar storyline. I love Keira Andrews but John Solo blew it as Isaac.

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  • Amy BD
  • 02-04-20

Great book, decent listen

I can't decide if I was more irritated by the simpering vocalization of the females or the fact that the German speaking Amish women all sounded like southern fainters.