Friday, December 30, 2016

**Review** An Amish Family Christmas by Shelley Shepard Gray

An Amish Family Christmas (The Charmed Amish Life #4)

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.

My thoughts:
This is the 4th book in this series, and oh so good. The author does not disappoint. This was a great wrap up to the series. Although I still need to read the first two...
I loved the sprinkle of suspense dropped throughout this book, definitely a twist I was not expecting. I loved that this book, this series, shows the Amish as humans who struggle just as we all do. I loved the grittiness, the real life struggles, the compassion, the touches of humor, and the characters. They are down to earth, fun, realistic, and full of personality. 
Through this series we have come to really know the characters and their lives. the author did a wonderful job creating these characters and the story line as well as doing a fantastic job of wrapping it all up.
I will miss the characters and the story though...

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