Title: A Clean Break
Author: Keira Andrews
Pages/Word Count: 266 Pages
At a Glance: I cannot tell you how hungry I am for the final book. I trust Keira Andrews to take us on another incredible ride.
Blurb: They’ve escaped to the outside world—but can they really be free?
David and Isaac have found happiness in each other’s arms. In faraway San Francisco, Isaac’s brother Aaron helps them explore confusing “English” life and move beyond the looming shadow of their Amish roots. For the first time, David and Isaac can be openly gay, yet they struggle to reconcile their sexuality with their faith. At least they don’t have to hide their relationship, which should make everything easier. Right?
But while Isaac thrives at school and makes new friends, David wrestles to come to terms with the reality of the outside world. Haunted by guilt at leaving his mother and sisters behind in Zebulon, he’s overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the city as he works to get his carpentry business off the ground.
While David and Isaac finally sleep side by side each night, fear and insecurity could drive them miles apart.
This is the second chapter in a trilogy of forbidden Amish love. This book features explicit sex and is not an inspirational/Christian novel.
Review: I have so much love for David and Isaac, you guys. So much. When they left Zebulon at the end of A Forbidden Rumspringa, I was equal parts excited and scared for them. Both feelings are validated in Keira Andrews’ gorgeous sequel, A Clean Break. It’s a big world out there, and our guys find both triumphs and trials as they navigate the complicated waters of their new “English” life in San Francisco.
While the greatest joy for them is the freedom of being together, it’s also very tricky. It’s not easy to leave all of one’s childhood teachings, beliefs, and hang-ups behind, and David and Isaac find themselves constantly confronting their own self-doubt and fear about how being gay fits into their belief system. How can something that feels perfect and natural be wrong? How can it go against God’s will if it was God who made them the way they are?
I love the way the author handles religion – which can be a very touchy subject – in the story. Isaac’s brother Aaron has completely turned away from his faith and says he no longer believes in God, which David and Isaac can’t understand at all. Then there is Aaron’s wife, Jen, who grew up in a conservative Mormon household but has moved away from being a strict observer. She does still believe in God, though, and still goes to church on occasion. I hope that in the final book David, especially, is able to find that middle ground for himself. I can’t imagine him giving up his faith entirely, as it’s such a big part of his ideals and who he is.
Speaking of Aaron…I can’t go any further without talking about how amazing he is. He is everything. Kind. Loving. Patient. Truly the perfect brother. His help and advice are obviously invaluable to his brother and David, but more than that, his understanding of their situation and emotional strength and support are going to be what pulls them through. What he and Jen – who is also unbelievably fantastic – are doing for these guys is incredible.
There are other triumphs, including Isaac enrolling in, and loving, school, and David getting his carpentry business going. But it’s the struggles that make this book such an emotional read at times. The love is so strong and pure between these two, and we are SO invested in them at this point, watching either of them struggle is truly heart-wrenching. And David definitely has an extremely tough time. I absolutely hated to see him in so much turmoil and because he didn’t want to burden anyone, basically going through it alone.
Things are still rocky at the end of the book, and not only is there not really a solid resolution but there is even heavier drama on the horizon. I cannot tell you how hungry I am for the final book. I trust Keira Andrews to take us on another incredible ride and get us right where we need to be. I strongly believe that it’s going to be the best book of the trilogy. Is it spring yet??? I desperately need A Way Home!
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