Saturday, November 5

Naomi's Gift by Amy Clipston

Take a trip to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, where you'll meet the women of the Kauffman Amish Bakery in Lancaster County. As each woman's story unfolds, you will share in her heartaches, trials, joys, dreams ... and secrets. You'll discover how the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle can clash with the "English" way of life-and the decisions and consequences that follow. Most importantly, you will be encouraged by the hope and faith of these women, and the importance they place on their families.

Naomi's Gift re-introduces twenty-four-year-old Naomi King, who has been burned twice by love and has all but given up on marriage and children. As Christmas approaches-a time of family, faith, and hope for many others-Naomi is more certain than ever her life will be spent as an old maid, helping with the family's quilting business and taking care of her eight siblings. Then she meets Caleb, a young widower with a 7-year-old daughter, and her world is once again turned upside-down.

Naomi's story of romantic trial and error and youthful insecurities has universal appeal. Author Amy Clipston artfully paints a panorama of simple lives full of complex relationships, and she carefully explores cultural differences and human similarities, with inspirational results.

Naomi's Gift includes all the details of Amish life that Clipston's fans enjoy, while delivering the compelling stories and strong characters that continue to draw legions of new readers.

Amy Clipston is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery novels. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and currently works for the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. Amy lives with her husband, two sons, and four spoiled-rotten cats. Visit http://www.amyclipston.com

Naomi's Gift is a sweet but predictable story of a traditional Amish community at Christmas time.  Caleb, still trying to deal with his wife's tragic death two years earlier, has come home to see his family for the holidays. He has been trying to raise his daughter Susie on his own, and he believes he will never find true happiness again.

Naomi's story is similar to Caleb's, and she has accepted that God doesn't want her to marry. She fills her days with quilting and taking care of her siblings. Then she meets little Susie at the farmer's market, and it is love at first sight.

Against opposition from family members and interfering neighbours, Susie's determination to get her father and her new friend Naomi together seems next to impossible.  But ... miracles still do happen, especially at Christmas time.

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley, courtesy of the publisher Zondervan, in exchange for my honest review.

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