This was a sweet story that explored the love of a mother for her child, the importance of family, questions of right and wrong, truthfulness, romantic love, and helping those who are in danger.
It was great to see into Levi’s thoughts and understand his actions that he took in previous books. I also really enjoyed watching him fall for Julia and her daughter. He was definitely a kind and caring man. The issues that he had to face and the decisions he needed to make in this novel really threw him for a loop for awhile. He grew a lot in this story.
Julia and her daughter, Penny, were a welcome addition to this small community. I found myself cheering for them as they began to belong and worrying for them as Julia’s past secrets threatened the life they were making.
The growing romance between Levi and Julia was heartwarming. An Amish Family Christmas was an uplifting tale.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
An Amish Family Christmas (Avon Inspire, October 2016)
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 Todaybestselling 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.