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Soon-to-be high school junior David Harper hates his familys move to the country. Theres nothing to do, and he misses his friends in the city. But he doesnt have a choice. His mothers job is in Mason County now, so David and his mom are too, and he has to make the best of it.

At first, the only redeeming feature of Davids new home is the swimming hole across the field from his house. Then David meets Benjamin Killinger, and suddenly life stops being so dull.

Benjamin is Amish, and cooling off in the swimming hole is one of the few liberties he and his brothers enjoy. A friendship with an English boy is notbut that doesnt stop him and David from getting to know each other, as long as it's on the neutral ground by the creek. After David risks his life to save Benjamins father, the boys friendship is tolerated, then accepted. But before long, Benjamins feelings for David grow beyond the platonic. Benjamin's family and the rest of the community will never allow a love like that, and a secret this big cant stay secret forever….

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By the Creek
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5 / 5
A truly romantic story
May 2nd, 2013
When love has to bridge worlds separated by different world views, as between the amish and "modern society", it can easily happen, that the author isn't able to pull it off realistically. Thankfully in this book the author tried to paint a realistic picture and delivered a believable plot, one that touches your heart strings. I felt for the characters and was really spellbound. If you can't guess, yet, I really loved this book!
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