Wednesday, November 2, 2016

An Amish Family Christmas by Shelley Shepard Gray (Review)

  • Series: Charmed Amish Life (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Inspire (October 18, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062337866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062337863

  • 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 Kemps 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.

    My Review:

    This was a good Amish Christmas romance book. It is book four in the Charmed Amish Life series featuring the Kinsinger family. I recommend reading them in order since the characters are mostly the same and you learn more about them each book. The main focus of this story is Levi Kinsinger and Julia. The plot was different and interesting. Levi is the odd one out in the family now. So he decided to rent a house instead of living with the family. His neighbor is Julia and her young daughter. He is intrigued by her. He likes her daughter too. She is hiding some secrets though. I thought the author did a good job developing the plot and characters. It is a good conclusion to the whole series. Recommended.

    Shelley Shepard Gray lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. A busy wife and mother of two, she spends her days writing and keeping track of her two teenagers. Her two dogs keep her company when she writes in her basement.

    Shelley enjoys writing about the Amish and visits Amish communities in Adams and Holmes counties several times a year. When not spending time with her family or writing, she serves on several committees in her church.

    She also bakes a lot, loves coconut cream pie, and will hardly ever pull weeds, mow the yard, or drive in the snow.

    Shelley also spends a lot of time on line! Please visit her website, to find out her latest news...or become her friend on FaceBook.

    Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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