Thursday, December 1, 2016

An Amish Family Christmas - Shelley Shepard Gray

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.

There are momentary themes of  domestic abuse that could cause potential triggers.
Review contains a minor spoiler.

Julia has been running since her ex tricked her and then abused her.  She is quickly falling in love with her latest landing ground of Charm.  And the handsome Levi across the street who wanders onto them while trying to break into their home due to a key locked in their house.  They are both drawn to each other though Julia has difficulty learning to trust people, especially men.  Levi is determined to show Julia care even though he doesn't know of her past he can tell she has difficulty trusting others.
Julia is wonderful mother her constant worry is providing, loving and protecting her daughter.  The years of mental abuse have done a job on her though she's determined to fight it and I love that about her.  Levi is very handsome and caring.  He's still dealing with his father's death, but the first stirring of caring for anything since the fire that killed his "daed" was caused by Julia and her daughter. I enjoyed watching his heart reopen throughout the story.
I absolutely love this series.  Shelley Shepard Gray pulls off another page flying, heart warming Christian romance I highly recommend.  

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