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An Amish Family Christmas #4, in the Charmed Amish Life series, by Shelley Shepard Gray
Levi Kinsinger returns to his old life in Charm, Ohio after a tragic fire kills his father. He finds he does not fit in. Julia Kemps is his neighbor, who has recently moved to Charm. She has told everyone she is a widow so they will except her, since she is an Amish single mother. Levi finally feels a sense of purpose by helping her with a Christmas Project, but he can tell Julia is hiding something. As she begins to dream of a future with him, she imagines telling him her secret. Will the two be able to face their pasts in order to find healing and move on to a possible future together?
Number of Pages: 288
Dimensions: 8.0 X 5.31 (inches)
Series: Charmed Amish Life
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.
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.
“An engaging, romantic love story...of faith, family and misunderstandings highlights the rich magic of Christmas and why it’s known as the blessed season of love, forgiveness and joy.”
“A story of love and forgiveness, Gray paints a stirring picture of Christmas time and the magic it can have on people.”
“...full of the warmth of the Christmas season, this charming story is a perfect reminder of what the holiday is all about!”
The beloved author of numerous Amish novels offers a sweet Christmas romance that has been written with exquisite skill. Readers of Amy Clipston, Marta Perry, and Beth Wiseman will certainly get caught up in the excitement of this story.
wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Grab a copy, an emotional storyNovember 29, 2016wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5At first when reading this book I was thinking it hit close to home for some women I know and have known, it happens too often in life, Julia was smart enough and strong enough to get herself out of a bad situation sooner than later. Tears did come to my eyes while reading, I won't tell you when or where, you will have to see if you have the same emotions. A very good read for Christmas, for anytime as far as that goes. Grab a copy!
Betty BooperBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An Amish Family ChristmasNovember 27, 2016Betty BooperBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This story had an unexpected twist to it which made it more mysterious. I've not read many of the author's books, but I throughly enjoyed this book.
Valley5 Stars Out Of 5An Amish Family ChristmasNovember 17, 2016ValleyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Any book by Shelley Shepard Gray is a winner . I have all of her books. She is a very good story teller who infuses great messages about the Lord --- but just enough and not too much. Great story for the holidays.
mimiOviedo, FLAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5great title. Appropriate title.November 12, 2016mimiOviedo, FLAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5really a very nice book. i enjoyed it very much.
Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A "Charming" Christmas storyNovember 6, 2016Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Shelley 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.