I recently read two of Shelley Shepard Gray's Amish fiction novels. I have read several books written by her and I am never disappointed. This particular books follow her series "Charmed Amish Life" about the city of Charm, Ohio. If you have read any of the other books in this series, the characters will be very familiar to you. If you have not read any of the other books, it will not be difficult to figure out who is who and the relations. Gray does a great job of putting in background information while keeping the story fresh.
In "A Sister's Wish", readers follow the same characters from other Charm novels. We are looking at the story of Amelia Kinsinger and Simon Hochstetler in this book. Simon is originally from Charm, but ran away from home to get away from his abusive Amish parents. He ended up surrounded by bad people who introduced him to drugs and alcohol, and he ended up in prison. He has been the subject of many rumors since coming back to Charm and repenting and joining the church. Amelia doesn't really care about his past. His tattoos and prison stories don't startle her or make her feel judgmental. The hardest part is convincing her family that Simon is deserving of her!
In the Amish Family Christmas book, Levi Kinsinger is feeling lost since his father died in a tragic accident. Julia, his widowed neighbor, asks for help with a Christmas project, and he is excited to finally have a purpose. It doesn't take long before he is starting to develop feelings for Julia as well as her sweet daughter. But for some reason he just isn't sure about her past. He is going to have to figure out how to trust her and she is going to have to figure out how to trust him as well. What happens is a great story of two people coming together to lean on one another and find love.
I received these books from Litfuse Publicity.