Original Sin by Lydia Michaels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars.
Is immortality worth becoming Amish?
It is actually extremely smart when you think about it. I mean the Amish are very overlooked in this country. A hidden sect among the Pennsylvania Dutch that is completely self sustaining and has no need to mix with the outside world would be a terrific place for immortals to hide without fear of discovery or persecution. Would people on the outside really ever notice that they are not getting older?
They grow all their own food, make their own clothes and furniture, have very little need for money or anything from the outside world unless one of them is called to find their mate. Adam Hartzler is called to his mate and he goes on a journey to find her. His animalistic nature takes over during the hunt for her and he is drawn closer by dreams he has had of her. His kind only dreams when they are called to a mate and they share those dreams with their mate.
Adam can smell her honeysuckle smell from the dream in the air and it draws him to her. Her name is Annalise Erin Snow, she works in a bar and is a college student studying to be a nurses assistant. Adam has limited time to find her and complete the bond or eventually the animalistic nature inside will take over his humanity and he will stop at nothing to mate with her, possibly killing anyone and anything in his path to find her.
When Adam does find Annalise he has a huge task ahead of him. He is not the kind of man to just take what he sees as his. He wants Anna to choose to be with him and to open the door to loving him. He knows that if he takes what is not freely given that would start things on a betrayal and she would hate him for it. So he sets out to do whatever he can to prove she can trust him. Though it is impossible to do in the “English” world. Or as we would say, in “America”, since we haven’t thought of ourselves as English in hundreds of years.
But trust doesn’t come easy when Annalise is taken from her home and brought to his. Anna sees how women are treated by the men in their community. They are taught to obey the men in everything and treated like second class citizens. Not to mention the fact that they live in the seventeenth century as far as modern conveniences go. Anna is not used to wearing dresses that cover every inch of her body and bonnets with her hair all pinned up underneath in on hot summer days.
I could certainly handle the living conditions in exchange for immortality and a lifetime free of disease and sickness, but being subjugated like that certainly would not be worth the trade off to me. Anna takes her time deciding what she will do, knowing that refusing is basically a death sentence for Adam. She fights every step of the way and there are forces at work that nobody in the community is aware of. Especially when Annalise has dreams that don’t include Adam, but someone else.
The book is actually pretty fantastic, though it does go back and forth quite a bit on what Anna will decide. But you can really feel for her. She is extremely attracted to Adam. The scenes between them get quite steamy and both Adam and Anna are falling for each other, but the decision is heart wrenching as well. The author handles it all very well and the supporting characters are terrific.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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