Naomi's Gift: An Amish Christmas Story  -     By: Amy Clipston
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Naomi's Gift: An Amish Christmas Story

Zondervan / 2011 / Hardcover

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Take a trip to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, where you'll meet the women of the Kauffman Amish Bakery in Lancaster County. As each woman's story unfolds, you will share in her heartaches, trials, joys, dreams . and secrets. You'll discover how the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle can clash with the "English" way of life-and the decisions and consequences that follow. Most importantly, you will be encouraged by the hope and faith of these women, and the importance they place on their families.

Naomi's Gift re-introduces twenty-four-year-old Naomi King, who has been burned twice by love and has all but given up on marriage and children. As Christmas approaches-a time of family, faith, and hope for many others-Naomi is more certain than ever her life will be spent as an old maid, helping with the family's quilting business and taking care of her eight siblings. Then she meets Caleb, a young widower with a 7-year-old daughter, and her world is once again turned upside-down.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 7.13 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0310327350
ISBN-13: 9780310327356
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Take a trip to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, where you'll meet the women of the Kauffman Amish Bakery in Lancaster County. As each woman's story unfolds, you will share in her heartaches, trials, joys, dreams ... and secrets. You'll discover how the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle can clash with the 'English' way of life---and the decisions and consequences that follow. Most importantly, you will be encouraged by the hope and faith of these women, and the importance they place on their families. Naomi's Gift re-introduces twenty-four-year-old Naomi King, who has been burned twice by love and has all but given up on marriage and children. As Christmas approaches---a time of family, faith, and hope for many others---Naomi is more certain than ever her life will be spent as an old maid, helping with the family's quilting business and taking care of her eight siblings. Then she meets Caleb, a young widower with a 7-year-old daughter, and her world is once again turned upside-down. Naomi's story of romantic trial and error and youthful insecurities has universal appeal. Author Amy Clipston artfully paints a panorama of simple lives full of complex relationships, and she carefully explores cultural differences and human similarities, with inspirational results. Naomi's Gift includes all the details of Amish life that Clipston's fans enjoy, while delivering the compelling stories and strong characters that continue to draw legions of new readers.

Author Bio

Amy Clipston holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, and two sons and four spoiled rotten cats.

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Naomi's Gift is a sentimental Amish Christmas story by Amy Clipston. Naomi’s Gift is a side story to Clipston's Amish series, the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, and focuses on two characters, Naomi King and widower Caleb Schmucker. Both are alone in the world and struggle to move on from hurts that have left them emotionally scarred.

Naomi's Gift is an easy book to read, with short chapters, and a good pace that leads the reader from start to finish in two or three hours. There are good descriptions of Amish life, such as church services and quilting, and between these descriptions are characters ranging from the "overly-critical mother" to the "meddlesome older sister." The climax comes during a Christmas party when Naomi misunderstands Caleb’s sentiments toward her and chooses to walk home in the middle of a blizzard.

Naomi King is the eldest of nine children and has had her heart broken twice. Now she rigidly guards her heart, so that she won't be seen as an “easy-woman.” Caleb Schmucker is a widower with an eight-year-old daughter, returning home for the holidays. Their paths cross when Naomi and the daughter, Susan, meet at the farmers' market and form a bond over quilts. Soon neither Caleb nor Naomi can stop thinking about the other. Forces, however, such as Caleb's older sister, their neighbor Irene Wagler, and Naomi’s mother, attempt to keep them apart.

Amy Clipston has written a story that will keep the reader occupied for a holiday evening of relaxing reading. However, for those who enjoy slower, more realistic character development, original plots, and more dramatic endings, this may not be the book to read. This is an excellent holiday book for any fan of romantic fiction. Demelza Ramirez, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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