‘A Sister’s Wish’ & ‘An Amish Family Christmas’ by Shelley Shepard Gray *book reviews & giveaway*

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“A Sister’s Wish: The Charmed Amish Life #3” by Shelley Shepard Gray

MY REVIEW:
I have read books 1 and 2 of this series and have enjoyed all of them and getting to know the Kinsinger family and the town of Charmed. In this book we are introduced to one of the sisters-Amelia. I really liked her personality up until the end when I felt like she was getting too ornery with her family members after her accident. I felt like she could stand up and have an opinion and voice it to her siblings but didn’t need to act like a jerk about it.

Simon was her childhood friend until he left town when she was 9 because of his abusive family. After he comes back years later, they discover they both have feelings towards each other but it may be hard for the town to forget Simon’s shady past and accept Amelia and Simon’s relationship.

Over the course of the book both Amelia and Simon are able to discover and forgive past actions and grow closer to their family members. I have loved reading about this family and their ups and downs. Book 3 continues to mention the characters from books 1 and 2 which I liked for character development.

This is a great series to read and I can’t wait to read book 4 which is a Christmas book!

I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.

About the Book
In Shelley Shepard Gray’s third book in her Charmed Amish Life series, a respectable young woman finds herself falling for an Amish man from the wrong side of the tracks.

Amelia Kinsinger is the perfect Amish woman—at least according to her neighbors. And while Amelia takes pride in her role as homemaker, she’s also harboring a secret: She’s been in love with bad boy Simon Hochstetler for as long as she can remember. Too bad he’s about as far from “perfect” as an Amish man could get . . . but that’s exactly why she’s so drawn to him.

Life hasn’t been kind to Simon. He ran away from an abusive home at fifteen and things went downhill from there. Eventually, Simon landed in prison. But the experience changed him. Now back in Charm as a grown man, he’s determined to make a new life for himself and not think too much about his wild past . . . unless it pertains to Amelia.

He’s loved Amelia for years. To him, she represents everything good and kind in the world. When he realizes that she returns his affections, he starts calling on her in secret, even though her older brother Lukas—who just happens to be Simon’s best friend—has made it perfectly clear that Amelia deserves better. Simon disagrees and believes he’s the only one who can truly make her happy.

But when Amelia gets hurt, it sets off a chain of events that forces them to consider their future together—and face their past mistakes. There’s a chance for love . . . but only if Simon dares to trust Amelia with the secrets of his past.

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“An Amish Family Christmas: A Charmed Amish Life Christmas Novel #4” by Shelley Shepard Gray

MY REVIEW:

This is book 4 of the Charmed Amish Life series. The story mostly follows the Kinsinger son Levi. I really enjoyed this story which introduced a new character, Julia and her daughter. We also get to read more about Simon’s sister who is mentioned in book 3.

I enjoy reading Amish christian fiction books by this author because they aren’t hard to understand even with some of the Amish words and the characters are relatable and interesting.

I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.

About the Book
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.

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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.

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