Sunday, November 6, 2016

A "Charming" Christmas story -- An Amish Family Christmas

Shelley Shepard Gray takes us back to Charm, Ohio, for one more visit with the Kinsinger family in An Amish Family Christmas.  As always, her story is inviting and enjoyable.

Many of the characters seem like close family friends by the time you get to the fourth Charmed Amish Life book.  Levi is the Kinsinger family member highlighted in this story.  His story reminds readers how important family can be -- especially during times of deep hurt.  Julia and Penny are great additions to the series, so easy to care about and get to know.  Theirs is a beautiful story of a mother wanting to do what she believes is the very best for her child, even at the risk of personal sacrifice.  Fans of great Amish fiction should enjoy this story that emphasizes family, trust and forgiveness.

Thanks to Shelley for providing me a copy of this book.  I was pleased to share my thoughts about the story in this review.

About the Story:

In Shelley Shepard Gray’s fourth book in her Charmed Amish Life series, an unlikely Amish romance reveals that Christmas is a time for family, miracles—and love.

Ever since his father died in a tragic fire, Levi Kinsinger has felt adrift. Newly returned to Charm, Ohio, Levi is trying to fit into his old life, only to discover he seems to have outgrown it.

But when Julia, his young widowed neighbor, asks for his help with a Christmas project, Levi finds a sense of purpose for the first time in months. She and her daughter are new to Charm and could use a friend, a job Levi takes personally. Soon enough, friendship grows into attraction, but Levi can’t help having doubts. There’s something about Julia that doesn’t ring quite true…

Like Levi, Julia Kemp has survived her fair share of hardships—but only by hiding the truth of her past. Being an unmarried mother in an Amish community was unthinkable. Feeling hopeless, Julia did the only thing she could do: she moved to a new town and pretended to be a widow. But meeting Levi, she’s hopeful for the first time. Little by little, she begins to imagine telling him her darkest secret, and eventually…perhaps even sharing her life with him.

Christmas is a time for family, and as the holiday draws closer, Julia and Levi will have to face their pasts together…in order to find the healing, support and love they so desperately desire.

About the Author:

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

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