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Between Two Worlds (Amish #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  153 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Aiden Cermak and Daniel Schrock are the definition of “worlds apart.” It doesn’t get more different than agnostic and Amish, and no one is more aware of this than Aiden. The young Chicago journalist travels to central Illinois Amish Country to research an article and ends up as a house guest of Daniel and his family after an act of bravery leaves the Schrocks in his debt.

ebook, 240 pages
Published May 2nd 2011 (first published May 1st 2011)
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Chris Jeffreys
Mar 16, 2013 Chris Jeffreys rated it it was amazing
What a romance novel!!! And when I say "romance", I mean it -- it is not a novel that is chock full of sex scenes. In fact, in the entire book, the two lead characters kiss only twice. But, that doesn't change the fact that this is one of the most romantic stories that I have ever read.

Aiden seems to follow supposed boyfriends to different cities throughout the US during his young life. When the story starts, he is just recovering from his most recent break-up. He is a freelance writer, and is
May 06, 2011 Kiki rated it it was ok
2.5 very, very slow ... then such an abrupt ending ... I think I could've believed more in the love story if we saw more of the two as partners. As is was, I'm left feeling very skeptical.
May 05, 2011 Meggie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The is long way love story. The plot captured me from the start and I couldn't put the book away. This story is the first one when I truly got a feeling for Amish people, their lives and how hard it is to be yourself as a Gay person in this community. The story is realistic and really well written. I loved how the the plot developed till the end, there were no loose ends, really nice. The end is TRULY awesome from my romantic point of believe and it gave me hope for true love. I simple loved thi ...more
May 21, 2015 piranha rated it it was ok
this isn't quite as bad as two stars might indicate. i wanted to like it more, and in spots i did, and then it fell off the buggy again.

there are a number of problems here. i could not warm up to aiden because he is a such a milquetoast guy who lets life buffet him around, alternating with making sudden impulse decisions without thinking them through. and he never seems to learn. he also romanticizes amish life, and while this book in general isn't doing too badly portraying it, both the novel a
Elisa Rolle
It’s always too easy to fall in an usual path while trying to deal with a subject that already many other authors used, and sometime abused, but I think Shelter Somerset did an honest job to the Amish community. And I’m using the word honest with all the positive meaning it bears.

First of all, the author didn’t idealize the Amish people, they are not some sort of perfect peace dream but they are not even those evil cartoon characters you read sometime about. They are people with different princi
May 03, 2011 Enny rated it really liked it
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Apr 27, 2011 V rated it it was ok
I really like a story with Passion, love(the kind that makes you tingly all over and go awwww) and sex between the characters, I don't expect porn but at least one night of passion to show their love would do, I'm not asking for much. So sorry, but for me, this book lack of the things that I love in a M/M story.
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3 Stars

Aiden Cermak was driving through the Amish country when he sees an out of control truck driver getting ready to smash into a buggy full of people. Aiden makes a lighting quick decision and swings his car in front of the buggy so the truck hits him instead. From there he gets invited to stay in the home of the Schrock’s for saving them. Aiden tries to decline the invite but Samuel won’t hear of it. He is very grateful for what Aiden has done.

“No greater man of God than he who lays down his
Dec 01, 2012 Octobercountry rated it really liked it
I recently finished reading "Between Two Worlds" by Shelter Somerset (hmmm, cool name---but sounds a bit like a nom de plume!):

There are not huge numbers of Amish in my own immediate neighbourhood (for that, one has to travel to areas a short distance away), but still it’s not uncommon to see horses and buggies on the public road that runs at the end of the lane here. And due to a certain penchant for nostalgia, I’ve always been somewhat drawn to the Amish, or the idea of this sect at least. It
May 12, 2011 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: own, amish
From Dreamspinner Press:
Aiden Cermak and Daniel Schrock are the definition of “worlds apart.” It doesn’t get more different than agnostic and Amish, and no one is more aware of this than Aiden. The young Chicago journalist travels to central Illinois Amish Country to research an article and ends up as a house guest of Daniel and his family after an act of bravery leaves the Schrocks in his debt.

Aiden is drawn to the solemn and mysterious Daniel and decides to hang around Amish Country for a whi
Helen Beattie
Jun 05, 2011 Helen Beattie rated it really liked it
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C.J. Anthony
Jun 28, 2011 C.J. Anthony rated it really liked it
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May 25, 2013 ~RMG rated it liked it
3.5 stars - I enjoyed the writing immensely, and was totally immersed in the book and its characters. I found Aiden and Daniel's love unique and hard earned. The world of the Amish was amazing to behold. I truly felt for Daniel as he fought to stay true to his faith while embracing his love for Aiden, an outsider. Aiden was a wonderful man, one who saved Daniel and his family from tragedy, embraced the plain life of the Amish, and never pushed his love onto Daniel, suffering in silence and willi ...more
Anthony Langford
Mar 26, 2012 Anthony Langford rated it liked it
I enjoyed it and I liked both characters. However, I think much of the 'falling in love' part took place off screen and we didn't get enough scenes of them together and growing closer. We more like heard about them bonding than actually seeing it. I also think it ended rather suddenly given the slow place and I didn't like the 'coincidence' of them showing up in the same place and deciding to spend their lives together. I just didn't buy it. There should have been more time together talking over ...more
Theo Fenraven
Feb 05, 2012 Theo Fenraven rated it liked it
I devoured this last night and this morning, because yes, I have a long-standing Witness kink, but the end was a minor let down. The reason? Well, I kept thinking there would be hot sex and all I got was a hug and a kiss. With spit.

To be fair, it was a wonderful story. The characters were well drawn and I ended up rather loving them both, but after everything they went through...I wanted some hot clinches. That's just me, though. I like things spelled out, especially between the sheets.

If you
Kim Mack
Dec 06, 2012 Kim Mack rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, first-reads, lgbt
Thanks to Goodreads for sending this First Reads book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.

I tried to like this book, but found it somewhat slow. I also noticed a few things about the writing that detracted from the story. There were descriptions in odd places which made it appear the author was trying too hard, including a few discrepancies in the same descriptions a few pages later, flat descriptions of Amish life, etc. Finally, the romance wasn't something I could connect with. It felt almos
May 08, 2011 Debbiedowner rated it really liked it
What a joy to come across a book about my two favorite topics: the Amish and gay male romances. Not only is this one of the best gay male romances I've ever read, but, surprising to me, one of the best Amish fictions I've read. The Amish life was depicted so authentic, I have to assume Shelter Somerset was raised Amish. It immersed me in the Amish world entirely. The slow buildup of the love between the two male protagonists--one Amish the other "English"--was very gratifying. A very well writte ...more
Phillip Deackes
Jun 05, 2016 Phillip Deackes rated it really liked it
After reading Keira Andrews' Amish trilogy I needed more MM stories with an Amish plot. Glad I found this one. The Amish community Aiden meets is not as strict as the one Isaac and David were from in Keira's trilogy making contact with the English a little easier. I enjoyed it, but not as much as Forbidden Rumspringa. That was just so special.
I loved this story! I loved the characters, both the MCs and the supporting characters. I loved the details of Amish life. I loved the writer's style. So why not 5 stars? While I loved both characters, I needed to see more interaction to really feel their connection. (view spoiler)
May 01, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it
I really did enjoy this book, was a lovely story and I did love the characters. I've always been interested in scenarios like this one, they just intrigue. Very believable can believe Daniel's anguish over this situation. Would recommend to people, nice read :)
Gaby Franz
Dec 10, 2013 Gaby Franz rated it really liked it
A book that tells a love that grows slowly, but it becomes very powerful. The end seemed to have their "happily ever after" even arrives. Leaves some questions unresolved but it is the beginning of uan saga, so look forward to reading the other books soon.
Oct 11, 2011 Veenayraja rated it it was amazing
"[His parents] were as malleable as the rubber fittings his father used to fix bathroom sinks in his plumbing business."

That's good, smart writing. A metaphor used to not only describe personality trait, but a person's job and a sense of place--working class America. Loved it!
Katherine Spencer Inskeep
Aug 13, 2014 Katherine Spencer Inskeep rated it liked it
Shelves: dumped
I dumped this book, not because it wasn't interesting, but because it was moving too slowly and I needed something with a quicker pace.
Apr 10, 2015 Terry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I could not put it down. I do not have the words for how much I enjoyed this book. I can't wait to read number 2
Barry G.
Nov 27, 2012 Barry G. rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly well crafted and sweet story. The descriptions of Amish farm life were vivid and realistic. Loved the slow burn romance.
Jan 04, 2012 Betty rated it it was amazing
Admittedly, I was looking for graphic sex but the writing is so polished and professional and the characters so engaging, five stars no prob.
Nov 06, 2012 Chelsey rated it did not like it
This book is a disgrace to the noble tradition of gay Amish fiction. So boring/no boning.
Oct 11, 2011 Sheila rated it it was amazing
Nicely done!
Christy T
Feb 04, 2012 Christy T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shelter Somerset's home base is Chicago, Illinois. He enjoys writing about the lives of people who live off the land, whether they be the Amish, nineteenth-century pioneers, or modern-day idealists seeking to live apart from the crowd. Shelter's fascination with the rustic, aesthetic lifestyle began as a child with family camping trips into the Blue Ridge Mountains. His “brand” is anything from hi ...more
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