Friday, October 28, 2016

An Amish Family Christmas by Shelley Shepard Gray

From the publisher:
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.


This is the final book in the Charmed Amish Life series and does a nice job of not only telling Levi and Julia's story but wrapping up the other siblings stories and leaving them all together as they should be.

Julia's story is one that is a little more intense as she has a past she is running from that could harm her but as the readers find Levi there to befriend and help her they will feel relief in their friendship for protection for Julia.

I liked that this story taught a lot about not judging others and instead finding ways to support and accep0 tpeople for who they are and where they are emotionally.  Often we try to hide ourselves in order for others to like us but that shouldn't be the case.  I was glad that Gray brought this out in her novel.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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