Hello everyone! Today I will be reviewing one of my very favorite authors Karen Ann Hopkins new adult novel, Lamb to the Slaughter. I've worked with Karen many times before for her YA Amish series, Temptation, Belonging, and Forever. If you haven't read them you need too. There amazing! Karen has asked me to share with my readers some pretty awesome news.
The Temptation series has been optioned for TV!
Here is the official announcement made in Publisher's Marketplace Newsletter today: TV
Karen Ann Hopkins's TEMPTATION series of Young Adult romances, a trilogy about the dramatic and forbidden love between two teens, one who's Amish and one who's not, and the sacrifices they must make in order to be together, to Pilgrim Studios, producing in conjunction with Danielle Von Zerneck, by Christina Hogrebe at Jane Rotrosen Agency.
I am so excited about the possibility of watching this series being played out on TV. SO COOL!
Along with my review (below), Karen being the awesome author she is will be giving away print SIGNED copies of The Temptation series! Yes, all three book. :) One lucky Bittersweet Enchantment reader will win them all. Also the giveaway is open internationally - everyone can enter. Before you enter the giveaway check out my review for Lamb to the Slaughter. Enjoy!
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Published: March 14th 2014
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Source: ebook via author
Genre: Murder Mystery >Thriller
Reading Level: Adult
Lamb to the Slaughter is a story about the intertwining lives of three unlikely people in an Indiana Amish Community and the devastating results when a rebellious teenage girl is found shot to death in a corn field during the harvest.
Serenity Adams is the newly elected young sheriff in the country town of Blood Rock, and besides dealing with the threatening behavior of her predecessor, she now has a dead Amish girl on her plate.
At first glance, the case seems obvious. The poor girl was probably accidently shot during hunting season, but when the elders of the Amish community and even the girl’s parents react with uncaring subdued behavior, Serenity becomes suspicious.
As she delves deeper into the secretive community that she grew up beside, she discovers a gruesome crime from the past that may very well be related to the Amish girl’s shooting.
Serenity enlists the help of the handsome bad-boy building contractor, Daniel Bachman, who left the Amish when he was nineteen, and has his own dark reasons to help the spunky sheriff solve the crime that the family and friends who shunned him are trying desperately to cover up.
Serenity’s persistence leads her to a stunning discovery that not only threatens to destroy her blossoming romance with Daniel, but may even take her life in the end.
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Once again Author Karen Ann Hopkins has written a phenomenal new book that I just couldn't put down. This Amish murder mystery is not only unique but totally thrilling in every sense of the word. Page after page I was always trying guess who the killer was. Most times I was wrong, so much so when I found out who really did it I was totally shocked. Lamb To The Slaughter will having YOU guessing until the very end.
The story is told in multiple POV's, Serenity (the sheriff), Daniel (love interest to Serenity and former Amish), and the victim, Naomi (Amish teen). Naomi's chapters are being told in past tense, which really helps the reader learn about her and her life. While Serenity and Daniel's chapters are set in the present time. Newly appointed sheriff Serenity Adams of Blood Rock, Indiana takes the case of a local Amish girl who was killed in what looks to be hunting accident. Naomi was found dead in a cornfield close to where she lives. After a line of questioning to Naomi's family and the Amish community, Serenity gets the feeling they are hiding something. She decides to enlist a local man named Daniel Bachman for help since he himself used to be Amish and also once lived in the same community. Daniel knows first hand how much the Amish are set in their way and will only open up to their own. After a series of events Serenity and Daniel find themselves getting closer and closer to the truth. Secrets, lies, and deception all thrown into the mix of who REALLY killed poor Naomi and why. They need to find out the truth before they end up dead as well...
As you read Naomi's POV you find out a more in depth look into her life. Naomi meets and falls in love with an Amish boy named Eli which she plans to wed some day soon. Until one day she meets an local English boy named, Will. Right from the start Will was head of heals for Naomi. While Naomi likes Will too she fears having anything to go with him because he is not Amish and would never be accepted. Taking a risk, she decided to secretly date Will on the side and slowly begins to fall in love with him. What Naomi feels for Will is nothing like what she felt for Eli. TRUE LOVE. Trapped and scared, she decided to leave her family and run away with Will where they can be together without living in fear. But Naomi never makes it....
When you find out who really killed Naomi and why, the answer will shock you! I never saw it coming....will you? Lamb To The Slaughter was a excellent read for anyone who loves a good mystery or thriller. It definitely will leave you guessing and maybe even skipping ahead to sneak a peak. ;) There is nothing Author Karen Ann Hopkins could write that I wouldn't love. Her books have not only given me such a better understanding of the Amish but a longing to find more Amish based novel to read.
Lamb To The Slaughter is a stunningly suspenseful read that will have you flipping pages long past your bedtime. You won't want to miss it!
Totally Awesome! I loved it, would read again.
A HUGE thank you to Karen for offering to give away such wonderful prizes.
**There are TWO giveaway forms below**
One is for the GRAND PRIZE giveaway and one is to win ebook copies of Lamb to the Slaughter. YOU MAY ENTER BOTH.
- Both giveaways are OPEN International! Everyone can enter. :)
- Giveaways ends on July 2014.
- There will be 6 winners in total - A Grand Prize winner and 5 runner up winners.
- A set of SIGNED print copies of all three books in Temptation series (includes Temptation, Belonging, Forever)
- 5 FIVE ebook copies of Lamb to the Slaughter
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