Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Charmed Amish Life Book 3 & 4 by Shelley Shepard Gray Book Review


A Sister’s Wish: 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.

My Thoughts:

A Sister’s Wish is the second book The Charmed Amish Life series. It can easily be read as a standalone book. I would personally recommend that you read the other books which give you the background information of the characters and the town. It would give you a better appreciation of the plot.

Another amazing book by Shelley Shepard Gray I have enjoyed this series.

This may be my favorite one in the series. I love getting acquainted with the characters from the previous books and getting to know some other characters more.

Simon is a unique character that came from a horrible upbringing in the Amish community. He eventually followed in his siblings footsteps and ran away from home and his abusive father. Simon was alone in the world and made some bad choices that put him in jail.

Simon loved his people and the Amish lifestyle and he came back fully committed. His character had so much depth about him. He had a heart of gold that you just can’t help to cheer on.

Amelia has more  strength than her family could every phantom. They want to shelter her from Simon. Even though they have known Simon since a child and have a lot of respect for him. They just think his past will be too much for their little sister.

I’m not going to give away any spoilers. This was a page turner and another wonderful story.

An Amish Family Christmas: 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.

My Thoughts:

This is the final book in this series. I’m glad to have the conclusion but, sad to see this series comes to an end.

This is about Levi and his return home. He still struggles with his father’s death and can’t deal being in his childhood home. He moves himself in a home that gives him the freedom away from his siblings.

All things happen for a reason and Levi meets a single widowed mother Julia and her sweet daughter Penny. Little does Levi or the community knows that Julia isn’t who she says she is. She has every reason to cautious about her real identity. She’s lonely and tired of the lies her life has been for several year.  

She learns to trust Levi and the community and finds that they are just what she needs to stand strong against her biggest fear.

Julia was a strong character and the author does a good job with the plot and the characters.

I hated to see this series come to an end. Now I wait to see what new series is coming in the future.

I received a free copy of this product from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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