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Peek Inside Temptation

Hollywood is the only home actress Laura Hayes 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. The sexy stranger who just moved in next door makes Jacob feel truly alive for the first time. As he begins to question the teachings of his Amish beliefs, his attraction grows--and so do his doubts. Soon he's forced to face temptation and decide once and for all what is truly worth the fight.


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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

"Temptation by Kathryn Barrett is a strong debut novel, about forbidden love, choices and consequences." --Harlequin Junkie

"Ms. Barrett obviously did her research to produce such a wonderful read. Once I dove right into the story, I found myself not wanting to stop reading. If you get a chance to read Temptation, I would say go for it. If are a fan of forbidden love, this book is right up your alley." --Melody May, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622669615
Release Date: Feb 25, 2013
Page Count: 322
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits, overcoming odds

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By Jeffrey March 05, 2015

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.

Initi ...more

By Sara February 08, 2013

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 Amis ...more

By Crystal February 18, 2013

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 it ...more

By Vanessa February 19, 2013

Review here: ...more

By Stella April 12, 2013

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 worth ...more

By Melody March 03, 2013

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 commu ...more

By Beckey February 26, 2013

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 (and ...more

By Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms September 20, 2013

*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.

This and other reviews can also be found on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews.

Temptation is a beautiful story, about temptation ...more

By Marlene March 31, 2013

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-hus ...more

By Ellen March 27, 2013

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 con ...more

By Cupcakencorset January 13, 2015

I received a bound preview copy of this book, I believe via a 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 aside f ...more

By Chris March 29, 2013

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 mov ...more

By Margaret July 16, 2015

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 the ...more

By Suzanne April 08, 2013

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 te ...more

By Inara April 07, 2013

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

By Barbara June 19, 2018

This is the first book I've read by this author, and I just ordered the others.

Temptation is a well-paced story of two people who fall in love, but for so many reasons should never be together. What will it take for their lives to join? I questioned that throughout the book. How can this possibly en ...more

By Christine October 09, 2015

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 the ...more

By Michael April 01, 2013

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 competitio ...more

By Mary April 19, 2015

Surprisingly good!!

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.
I lov ...more

By Margaret December 30, 2015

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 draws ...more

By Tracy September 24, 2015

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 sti ...more

By Meckesha July 07, 2015

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

By Anne March 13, 2014

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

By Romantic Reads and Such March 03, 2013

Temptation delivers beautifully on issues concerning faith, responsibility, sacrifice and love - see more at http://romanticreadsandsuch.wordpress... ...more

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Kathryn Barrett

About the author

Kathryn Barrett

Kathryn Barrett reluctantly put aside childhood dreams of becoming an author and took a more practical approach, majoring in Business Administration in college. But after marrying an Air Force officer, she realized a career in high finance didn’t suit an itinerant lifestyle. She happily returned to her first love, writing stories that feature larger-than-life characters, family relationships, and of course, a happy ending. Having lived all over the world, Kathryn and her family have recently relocated to northern Virginia. She enjoys long walks with her squirrel-obsessed dog, traveling to tiny European countries, cooking vegan feasts, and, occasionally, she still reads the Financial Times.

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