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About the book: 

A Sister's Wish (Avon Inspire, September 2016)

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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I am so glad to be back reading The Charmed Amish Life. I have missed the families and all the wonderful stories that filled me with joy. In this third installment we join Amelia and Simon on their journey to forgiveness and love.

Amelia is a beautiful young woman who has taken over doing all the household chores. She is strong, independent and the youngest of the family. Her siblings treat her like a child and Amelia has just about had enough. Don't you hate being treated like a child when you are a grownup? She also has been in love with Simon since they were young. But alas, her family strongly disapproves of their relationship. Will Amelia stand up to her family and get her happily ever after?

Simon has had a very troubled childhood. He was beaten along with his siblings by his dad. Their suffering was known but I can't understand why no one would step in and rescue them. Can you image the pain, loneliness and despair they felt everyday?  Simon finds himself out in the world when he can't take anymore abuse. He makes some bad choices and finds himself in trouble. When he returns to his community he knows that he must ask forgiveness from the church. I loved how the author took his character and allowed readers to witness his transformation. It's not easy to ask for forgiveness. Will Amelia's family be able to trust Simon? Can they forgive him for his mistakes?

The book is filled with so many emotions that I cried as I read the story.  The author once again has given readers a story with secrets, and raw emotions that make you want to cry or hug the character . There is a lesson on acceptance, judging , trusting and most important of all , true forgiveness.  I found myself cheering on Simon as he tried to show everyone that he had changed. Overcoming abuse is not easy and the author wrote about it with such grace and compassion. Thank you for another powerful story about family and faith. I am looking forward to reading An Amish Family Christmas that is part of this amazing series. Be sure you pick up a copy of the entire series. It will forever change how you look at family and forgiveness.

"But our pasts make up who we are."

I received a copy of this book from the author and LitFuse. The review is my own opinion and I was not compensated for it.

About the book: 

An Amish Family Christmas (Avon Inspire, October 2016)

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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How do you finish a series up that have kept readers enthralled with the characters? The answer is you take an extremely gifted author that draws you into the final story with suspense, a town that makes you feel at home and characters that make you feel like family. The author really shines with this emotional page turner that tucks at your heartstrings.

Levi is the one I have been waiting to really get to know and I loved how his character came full circle. He has come a long way in his walk with forgiveness and coming to terms with tragedy. I found him to be a strong character with a heart of gold. The family is glad to have him back home. Will he be able to find joy being home? The author has done a great job of giving readers a character that is strong yet vulnerable at times. It has been hard fir Levi  to let go of someone he  loved.  Can Levi finally find peace and move forward in his life?

Julia is a young woman who has come to town with her small daughter. What secret is she hiding? As she and Levi become friends, I enjoyed the gradual trust they developed between each other. Julia is guarded at times, but knows she needs to trust someone. I liked how her character was wanting to protect her daughter and shield her from danger. Will Julia's lies cause her and her daughter to face danger?

I really liked this story because it was a deeper more emotional story about a subject that is not easy to read about. The author made the story so realistic and there were times I wanted to tell Julia and her daughter to run. There is a great level of intrigue that will keep you glued to the book. I find that the author always writes with such great passion and raw emotions. This book closes the series in an unforgettable story of family, forgiveness, overcoming loss,  trust and a time to celebrate the holiday season. Be sure you grab a copy of this book. I would recommend you get the entire series and follow the Kinsinger family on their journey .

I received a copy of this book from the author and Litfuse . The review is my own opinion and I was not compensated for it.

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About the author:

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Todaybestselling 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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