12/23/16

An Amish Family Christmas - Shelly Shepard Gray


5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
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. 
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
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.



MY THOUGHTS -
This was the forth and absolutely the best book in the series! I mean, all the books were fantastic, but this one was my favorite.

I just fell in love with the characters - Levi and Julia (and her daughter). Maybe it was the fact that they were both misfits in their communities. Their problems were real and current.

That is one thing that Shelley is not afraid to do - use controversial and current subjects. She doesn't just use all fluff, real life is not like that. She writes about real stuff - abuse, fear, loneliness, unwed motherhood and drifting away from your family. She writes about these things with such depth and feeling that you really feel like you are living it along with them.

A wonderful and beautiful story. Shelley Shepard Gray is becoming my favorite Amish fiction writer!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving this book from Litfuse book tours. Thank you!
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