Going Over the Rainbow with David and Isaac
by Keira Andrews
In A Clean Break, the sequel to A Forbidden Rumspringa, young Amish men David and Isaac have left their families and entire way of life to be together. After journeying across the country to San Francisco to live with Isaac’s older brother, they are thrust into a new, confusing world.
One morning while I was writing this book, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” came up on my iPod. I hadn’t really been listening to the songs before it, and had been using the music as white noise since I was visiting my parents and needed to block out the distraction of my dad puttering around complaining about the accuracy (or lack thereof) of the forecast. (Fingers crossed I haven’t inherited the gene that causes an obsession with weather in retirement!)
It was Jason Castro’s cover of the Wizard of Oz classic that came on my iPod, and as I listened it struck me that in leaving behind their plain Amish lives—with no technology or luxury—David and Isaac were going on a similar journey to Dorothy. Moving from their rural Minnesota Amish settlement to vibrant and Technicolor San Francisco isn’t easy, and David in particular struggles with the culture shock. They are definitely not in Kansas anymore!
The line from the song that struck me most that morning was “And the dreams that you dare to dream/Really do come true.” To yearn for a different life—and to be different themselves—is quite daring when you grow up in a strict Amish community where obedience is valued above all else. But Isaac and David’s love for each other gives them the strength to break free and create a new life for themselves. It isn’t easy, but one day they’ll wake up where the clouds are far behind them. There’ll just be plenty of angst along the way first!
About A Clean Break
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.
About Keira Andrews
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”
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Don’t forget to check out Morgan’s review of A Clean Break to see what she thought of it!