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An Amish Family Christmas

An Amish Family Christmas
Shelley Shephard Gray

About the Book:51ebspscll

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.

About the Author:shepard gray shelley ap2

Shelley Shepard Gray lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. A busy wife and mother of two, she spends her days writing and keeping track of her two teenagers. Her two dogs keep her company when she writes in her basement.

Shelley enjoys writing about the Amish and visits Amish communities in Adams and Holmes counties several times a year. When not spending time with her family or writing, she serves on several committees in her church.

She also bakes a lot, loves coconut cream pie, and will hardly ever pull weeds, mow the yard, or drive in the snow.

Shelley also spends a lot of time on line! Please visit her website, http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com to find out her latest news…or become her friend on FaceBook.

My Review:

An Amish Family Christmas: A Charmed Amish Life Christmas is the fourth book in The Charmed Amish Life Series written by Shelley Shepard Gray. This was a great book that I enjoyed. Christmas is a time for love, family, peace and sometimes the occasional miracle. Levi Kinsinger lost his father in a tragic fire and has since been floating adrift in this thing called life, until he moves to Charm, Ohio. Julia Kemps has also survived her share of hardships and moved to Charm to start over. Julia befriends Levi and asks for his help with a Christmas project. Their relationship seems to grow to something more than friendship but will their secrets keep them from love.

An Amish Family Christmas is a must read story of love, miracles, and family. Where two lost souls have to let go of their pasts to move on to their future. Ms. Gray has outdone herself once again!! This book would definitely make a great stocking stuffer for those who love to read.

I received a copy of this book. A Favorable Review was not required. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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A Daughter’s Dream

a daughters dreamA Daughter’s Dream 

Shelley Shepard Gray

 

 

 

 

About the Book:

In Shelley Shepard Gray’s second book in her Charmed Amish Life series, a young teacher and farmer discover they have much in common, especially when it comes to healing old wounds from the past…and finding love in one another.

Rebecca Kinsinger has always dreamed of being a teacher. But when she’s given the opportunity she’s been waiting for at Charm Amish School, she’s dismayed to discover that teaching is hard work—work she’s afraid she’s not very good at.

That is, until Lilly Yoder joins the class. A thirteen-year old who’s just lost her parents, Lilly is in need of someone like Rebecca. For the first time since starting her new job, Rebecca feels a sense of purpose. But when she meets Lilly’s uncle, Jacob, his good looks and sweet, easy-going temperament are hard to ignore. How can she even entertain romantic thoughts of Jacob when his niece is her student?

Suddenly becoming Lily’s sole caregiver, Jacob Yoder never thought he’d be a single parent—or a farmer. Having been living in Florida as a carpenter, Jacob feels more at home wielding a hammer than a backhoe. The only bright spot in his life is Rebecca Kinsinger. As Lily and Rebecca develop a bond, Jacob’s fondness for the pretty teacher grows, too.

But when a fateful accident brings them together, Rebecca and Jacob must choose between duty and desire. Will they follow the path before them? Or set out to find true happiness…and true love?

About the Author:

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a 4webfinalist 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 Review:

A Daughter’s Dream is book two in The Charmed Amish Life series by bestselling author, Shelley Shepard Gray. This book can be read as a stand-alone or after reading book one.

We all long to follow our dreams, sometimes it is easier said then done, sometimes we follow our dreams and everything works out perfectly and other times they don’t go as planned. In A Daughter’s Dream we meet Rebecca Kissinger who has always dreamed of becoming a school teacher and is given the opportunity to teach at Charm Amish School only to find that it really is hard work, work that she is not very good at. Rebecca doesn’t want to give up and finds the inspiration to go on through thirteen-year old Lilly Yoder. Lilly has recently lost both her parents and lives with her uncle Jacob.

Jacob Yoder never thought he would be a single parent much less a farmer after all he has been living in Florida, working as a carpenter and knows he doesn’t belong in a small Amish town. Jacob quickly becomes smitten with the young school teacher and Rebecca notices Jacob’s good looks. Can Rebecca put aside the fact he’s a relative one of her students or will she let love pass her by? Will they let a tragedy separate them or bring them closer together?

I absolutely love Amish fiction and Shelley’s books. When I begin to read, I can’t put the book down until its finished. A Daughter’s Dream is definitely one that you will want to read. The story is truly remarkable, one you will not forget.

Thank you to the Author and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book for my honest review!

 

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A Son’s Vow

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Shelley Shepard Gray

 

About the Book:

 

Shelley Shepard Gray’s first book in her Charmed Amish Life series is set in the quaint Amish village of Charm, Ohio, and tells the stories of the Kinsinger siblings who are each struggling to find both forgiveness and love in the face of tragedy.

Three months ago, everything changed for Darla Kurtz and her family. Darla’s father was responsible for a terrible fire at Charm’s lumber mill which killed five Amish men. And though he, too, lost his life, the town of Charm hasn’t looked at her family the same since. Even Lukas Kinsinger—with whom Darla used to have a close friendship.

Now her brother’s anger at the town is spilling over onto Darla, and she has the bruises to prove it. The accident already cost five lives, but if something doesn’t change soon, Darla fears it will cost her—and her family—even more.

Lukas Kinsinger wants to mourn the loss of his father, but he can hardly find the time to breathe. Suddenly the head of his father’s lumber mill and responsible for taking care of his three siblings, he’s feeling the pressure. He has also never felt more alone—especially with the new tension between he and Darla. But when he learns of her troubles at home, Lukas knows he can’t simply stand by and watch. Someone has to help her before another tragedy occurs.

As Lukas and Darla attempt to repair their families, they discover something deeper than friendship growing between them. But will Lukas and Darla’s love be accepted after so much loss? Or will the pain of the past overcome any chance of future happiness?

About the Author:

Shelley-Shepard-GrayShelley 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 Review:

A Son’s Vow is the first book in Ms. Gray’s new series, The Charmed Amish Life, and takes place in Charm, Ohio. Heartache and tragedy takes place in everyone’s life and how you learn to overcome all comes down to where do you put your hope and trust. When tragedy strikes both the Kurtz family and the Kinsinger family and a friendship ends, what can be done to help both families overcome. Darla Kurtz’s father is responsible for the fire that took the life five men, including himself and Darla is feeling the anger her brother has for the town. Lukas Kinsinger used to be best friends with Darla until his father was one of the Amish men killed in the fire and now he has to run his father’s lumber mill and he is also responsible for his three siblings.

Lukas decides to do what is right and fights for Darla, he knows he has to help her. While he helps her will he be able to put aside everything that has happened or will he walk away from her again?

I loved the story of Lukas and Darla and while I was reading A Son’s Vow I came to realize how heartache and tragedy can cause us to turn away from everything we know that is true. God is here for us and so is others.

I highly recommend A Son’s Vow to all Amish Fiction lovers. This is another great book by Ms. Gray!! You will definitely not want to miss this one..

Thank you to the Author for providing me a copy of this book for my personal and honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.