Get it at Amazonfrom our DIK review: Susan is embarrassed by her mistake and hesitant to get involved with the English movie people. But the money Alan offers her for the part would give her sister Rachel a better chance at success out in the English world. Rachel has left the Amish and has been shunned by her family and community, and Susan worries for her. And if she is being honest, she is intrigued by Alan’s commanding and seductive presence. She is reasonably sure, though, that she can resist the temptation inherent in his offer, do the job, and come out of the experience unscathed. Boy, is she ever wrong in that assumption. Sunshine and Shadow divides fairly neatly into thirds. The first third is the lightest and easiest to read. I whipped through the first hundred pages, entranced by Alan’s attempts to seduce Susan and his own slow seduction by Amish simplicity. He and Susan are real opposites, but they have a chemistry together that is more than just sexual. Their scenes together are by turns funny, sexy, and sweet. The second third was harder to read. Much harder. I took a break for awhile as the suspense built. By this time it was clear that Alan and Susan were seriously playing with fire, and they were going to burn the village down with them, all of it. This might be the only romance I’ve read that I can recall thinking, “Please don't have sex. Just don't do it. It'll never work. Everything will go downhill. Her family will disown her. Don’t do it.” Even though other sins are far more serious in the minds of her Amish community, it’s clear that intimacy between them will bring everything to a very ugly head. And it does. The last third was the emotional roller coaster, with me getting misty practically every other page. Honestly, the conflict here is so intense, so internal, it seems like there can be no solution. Susan is Amish. She cannot separate herself from her faith, her family, her simple lifestyle. Outside of them there is no Susan. But inside of them there can be no Alan. The book’s denouement then is as creative and immensely touching as it is unexpected.
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