Holt Medallion Winner – MAINSTREAM / SINGLE TITLE – Winner
Winner of the Holt Medallion for Best Single Title Contemporary
Winner of the Golden Quill Best First Book
Golden Quill BEST FIRST NOVEL winner
Laura Hayes has been acting since she was an infant, making Hollywood the only home she has ever known. But when she moves to Pennsylvania’s Amish country to film her next movie, she discovers there’s more to life than a pair of Jimmy Choos and a Marie Claire cover.
Intrigued by the Amish simplicity, she’s soon gardening and baking plum pies—and enjoying it. And when her neighbor turns out to be the local heartthrob and a talented furniture maker, she realizes that what’s missing from her life might be the love of a good man—not to mention the perfect heirloom tomato.
Jacob fights the urge to question the teachings of his Amish beliefs — despite his desire to create furniture that is beautiful as well as useful — and struggles with his longing for the sexy stranger who makes him feel truly alive for the first time. As his attraction grows, so do his doubts, until he’s forced to face temptation and decide once and for all what is truly worth the fight.
"Not only is Temptation's story a wonderfully unique concept, but I fell instantly in love with Kathryn Barrett’s writing." ~ Stella Ex Libris
Laura Hayes has been acting since she was a child, guided by her demanding and ambitious mother. Her latest film, an Amish romance, takes place in the tiny village of Serenity Pennsylvania. She decides to buy one of the quaint Amish homes in the community since the movie shoot is a lengthy one.
A forbidden romance between a Hollywood actress and an Amish furniture maker. Where socially liberal meets morally conservative – Alrighty you’ve got my attention!
Temptation by Kathryn Barrett is a strong debut novel, about forbidden love, choices and consequences.
Laura moves to Pennsylvania's A... ...more
A story of forbidden love, self-discovery and following your heart.
I had a good feeling about Temptation from the moment I read the synopsis. I mean, what's better than reading a tale of forbidden love, right? But Temptation is more than a story of two people who should have never crossed paths,... ...more
If you have been reading my blog this year you may have noticed my love of Entangled Publishing books. Their publicists are awesome at selling you on their books. And then after you read a few all I have to do is get an email from a publicist I know is from Entangled, glance through and make sure... ...more
Not only is Temptation's story a wonderfully unique concept, but I fell instantly in love with Kathryn Barrett’s writing. It was captivating and flew smoothly, sucking the reader in, and not letting go until reaching ‘The End’ (I know what I’m talking about, I read it ’till 4am, but it was SO wor... ...more
Originally Posted on What I'm Reading
The past couple of days I have been reading Temptation by Kathryn Barrett. I must that it was awesome. Seriously, an amazing story. When I first started reading Temptation I wasn't sure what to expect.
You first meet Laura Hayes who happens to visit an Amish co... ...more
Laura is a career Hollywood star since infancy and is in Amish Country for her newest role that is being filmed there.
One day, Laura finds herself in the barn of one of local furniture makers to purchase a cradle for her sister. She is find herself attracted to the widow furniture maker, Jacob (... ...more
*I received a free ARC of Temptation from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*
Temptation is a beautiful story, of temptation, and of courage.
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Temptation is a beautiful story, about temptat... ...more
Originally published at Reading Reality
Anything forbidden always seems so terribly tempting.
Laura Hayes is not merely an actress, she's also a celebrity. She enjoys the "work" but not the trappings that go with it. Including the mother who only sees Laura for what she can buy for her, and the ex-... ...more
Laura Hayes is in Pennsylvania where her latest movie, The Temptation of Hannah, is being filmed. She is playing the part of an Amish woman, and where better to be than in the midst of Amish country. The Amish are known for their furniture building and Laura has found out that Jacob Hostetler is... ...more
I received a bound preview copy of this book, I believe via a goodreads.com First Reads drawing, several months ago. And I put off reading it when I discovered it was set in Amish country and the author had mentioned "capital-G" God in the first pages. Nope, not for me, I decided, and set it asid... ...more
TEMPTATION is a fun glimpse into the life of the Amish. Kathryn Barrett makes the story come alive for readers with her distinctive voice. TEMPTATION is full of diverse characters, a rich and imaginative story, and a well thought out plot. This is story telling at its finest!
Laura Hayes has just... ...more
Wow. I wasn't sure Ms. Barrett could pull off a romance between an Amish furniture maker and a Hollywood movie star, yet she did it with (believable) aplomb!
The language flows beautifully, with a comfortable, homey feel that draws you in and keeps you reading. I was particularly impressed with t... ...more
I usually don't read romance novels but for various reasons I decided to read this one. I'm so glad I did. I fell in love with the characters- even the not so lovable ones. They were so real, so believable that I was totally swept up in the story. And the story was wonderful - full of those sweet... ...more
My kind of romance! Great character development, serious issues, and an ending that felt real and still gave me the happily ever after glow. ...more
If I had to sum this book in one word it’d be IMPRESSIVE.
But, since I don’t have to use one word, let me elaborate. Kathryn Barrett is a new to me author and her writing is beyond impressive. Flawless in the way her story flowed together. Wonderful descriptions and such in depth characterization... ...more
Notting Hill meets Witness, but without all the guns and killing and stuff.
Temptation was a delight. This multi-layered romance was well plotted, well written and introduced the unlikeliest of couples: Laura Hayes—from the Hollywood star-machine where ego is all and scrambling to beat the competi... ...more
I honestly couldn't imagine an Amish based romance novel would be any good. But, after seeing so many I decided to give one a try.
I'm glad I picked Temptation. The story is sweet, romantic, mysterious and suspenseful. The characters are well developed, the writing very good.
Enchanting, entrancing, and so well written.
I have to admit, I wasn't sure it would be possible to pull off a romance between an Amish man and an actress. I just couldn't see how you could overcome such obstacles. But Kathryn Barrett does an amazing job of weaving a believable tale, one that dra... ...more
Laura was a tad bit too aggressive with Jacob considering the rest of her personality was not. I guess she had to be or nothing would have happened. This was a great story about fulfilling ourselves while still honoring God. Poor Jacob struggled with his choices and how to live a good life while... ...more
I wasn't sure about this book at first. It's been sitting in my library for awhile. But I'm so glad I finally got around to reading it. It turned out to be a really great read. I would definitely recommend it. ...more
Loved - LOVED - this one. Loved the writing, loved the story, loved the characters. Kathryn Barrett is a new to me author. I believe this is her first published novel. I certainly hope she writes lots more cause I will be reading whatever she writes. Ms. Barrett has a fan in me! ...more