An Amish Family Christmas (Charmed Amish Life Series #4)

An Amish Family Christmas (Charmed Amish Life Series #4)

by Shelley Shepard Gray

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062743275
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Series: Charmed Amish Life Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 4.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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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An Amish Family Christmas 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn’t want to put the book down. Great story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in 2 days! Great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book
rokinrev More than 1 year ago
"It's been my experience that the past always determines the future." Julia Kemp and Levi Kinsinger live across the street from each other. Julia and her daughter have come to Charm hoping to have a normal life for Penny. Levi, son of the late owner of the local mill who needs to find his peace. What they find is each other, uncovering secrets and past pain. The question is, can they handle it in their own or do they need their family to get through it? Told in good inspirational style, Shelley Shepard Gray proves once again that she can write stories you want to read set in reality that may test our faith. Highly recommended
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Grab a copy, an emotional story At first when reading this book I was thinking it hit close to home for some women I know and have known, it happens too often in life, Julia was smart enough and strong enough to get herself out of a bad situation sooner than later. Tears did come to my eyes while reading, I won't tell you when or where, you will have to see if you have the same emotions. A very good read for Christmas, for anytime as far as that goes. Grab a copy!
SouthernGalLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
Shelley Shepard Gray takes us back to Charm, Ohio, for one more visit with the Kinsinger family in An Amish Family Christmas. As always, her story is inviting and enjoyable. Many of the characters seem like close family friends by the time you get to the fourth Charmed Amish Life book. Levi is the Kinsinger family member highlighted in this story. His story reminds readers how important family can be -- especially during times of deep hurt. Julia and Penny are great additions to the series, so easy to care about and get to know. Theirs is a beautiful story of a mother wanting to do what she believes is the very best for her child, even at the risk of personal sacrifice. Fans of great Amish fiction should enjoy this story that emphasizes family, trust and forgiveness. Thanks to Shelley for providing me a copy of this book. I was pleased to share my thoughts about the story in this review.
Worthy-Book-Journey More than 1 year ago
OK. I know I said the last time that A Sister’s Wish was my favorite book in The Charmed Amish Life series by Shelley Shepard Gray. That was true then but now An Amish Family Christmas has taken its place. This book is full of mystery, running from the past, hard choices and doing the right thing or is it the wrong thing. And it also is about new beginnings, new family and friends, a mother’s love, with a backdrop of a snowy Christmas season. A sweet young widowed woman named Julia Kemp comes to the community with her young daughter to start a new life. It doesn’t take long before she meets the kind Levi Kinsinger when she locks herself out of her home on a cold snowy night. Each page builds a deeper friendship between the two but there is something Julia cannot let Levi or anyone else know about her. Levi is still healing from his parents’ deaths. Will their pasts keep them from ever having a joyful future? Will Julia ever share her secret? There may even just be a precious Christmas miracle taking place. This is a perfect book for this wonderful time of year. You will read it quickly because you will want to find out what happens. That is for sure and for certain. I received a complimentary copy from the author. This is my honest review of the book. It is really good, y’all.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
And what I thought... A lovely story tying up a great ending (sadly) for a great series. I really enjoyed the series. Each book was better and better. The Christmas story brought a real happy ending. This series brings to light the sad situation of emotional and physical abuse. An Amish Family Christmas focuses on a story line of centered around Julia a young woman that was physically abused by her boyfriend. She meets the Kinsinger family when she becomes involved with Levi. Levi had left town earlier in the series after the fire at the lumber mill which took their fathers life. This is great heartwarming story. The series is really good. If you enjoy just good clean reading you won't be disappointed. I received a complimentary copy from LitFuse.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
An Amish Family Christmas is A Charmed Amish Life Christmas novel by Shelley Shepard Gray. Shelley has done it yet again. She has written another wonderful novel that will surly capture your heart. This book us full of love, faith, devotion, heartache. What a most wonderful way to help set you in the Christmas mood than by reading this book An Amish Family Christmas. Be sure to order your copy of the book today. I highly recommend this book. 5 stars! I received a complimentary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion.
Kelly-T More than 1 year ago
An Amish Family Christmas is book four in The Charmed Amish Life series and it was fantastic. I loved how the book incorporated all of the characters from the series that we have come to know and love. In book four, Levi Kinsinger is still deeply grieving the death of his parents. He has moved back to Charm but is living apart from his family so he can continue to come to terms with his feelings. He works at the family Lumber company where he is surrounded by his siblings. Julie is a single mom trying to make ends meet. Their paths cross when she is locked out of her home. From there, their relationship develops into a friendship. Levi bonds with Julie and her daughter, Penny. But Julie is living a made up life. She fled an abusive relationship and has changed her name to protect her and her daughter. All of that changes when she and Levi take Penny to the health center. As Levi and Julie try to work through their own obstacles, their feelings for each other increase. Julie's abusive ex fiance, Luther, is an angry man and has plans to hurt Julie and Penny but he does not know where they are. He comes to Kinsinger Lumber to pick up an order of furniture and sees Julie and his daughter. As he gains information to track Julie and Penny down, he becomes more and more angry with Julie. When he finds her, God intervenes. I loved the book and I loved the characters. It was incredibly well written and really ties up the Charm series. It will hold your attention from page one to the end.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
I keep saying this … but it’s because it’s so true. Shelley Shepard Gray writes with such heart that her characters and their stories become part of you. The Kinsinger family is no exception. I fell in love with them in A Son’s Vow and eagerly reunited with them in A Daughter’s Dream and A Sister’s Wish. Now, saying goodbye to them in An Amish Family Christmas is a bit bittersweet after all. In the best possible way. (Though I do admit that I got a bit sentimentally teary at the last scene.) These characters have become dear friends, and their stories have touched my heart. My favorite parts of An Amish Family Christmas? Spending more time with Simon – he is truly one of my favorite characters in this series. Watching Levi and Julia fall in love. (Levi in love is just plain sweet, which is exactly what Julia and Penny need.) The friendships, the family, and the community. AND the authenticity of the characters and their lives – they are real and flawed and they face painful and ugly situations just like the rest of us. Bottom Line: An Amish Family Christmas may be the last book (wail!) in Shelley Shepard Gray’s The Charmed Amish Life series, but the Kinsinger family and their friends won’t be leaving your heart so quickly. Their faith and love and humor blend beautifully with the realities of life in a broken world. While it can easily be read as a standalone novel, you don’t want to miss out on the other books either. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.)
BBiddy86 More than 1 year ago
In Shelley Shepard Gray's "An Amish Family Christmas" your heart is once again stolen. In this fourth and final installment of The Charmed Amish Life Series you meet Julia Kemp and her daughter Penny who live doors down from Levi Kinsinger. Are Julia and Penny who they really claim to be? Through a chance encounter Levi meets his new neighbors and they are drawn to one another. When Levi finds out Julia hasn't been quite so honest with him, will their friendship survive the test? A fabulous read that wraps up the story of the Kinsinger family and satisfies the heart all in one. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
So I alluded to this in my other review, but thank goodness Lukas and Rebecca redeemed themselves, I was fully prepared to have a very strong dislike for those two. But this isn't their story, it is the story of Levi and Julia. A sweet story, sometimes exasperating, as I often find Amish stories, (I think it is the lack of communication)still over-all a good story. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't a bigger holiday theme since it is titled a Christmas story, but that is ok. The last two books were not my favorite of the series, I enjoyed the first two book more. 4 stars from this reviewer. This book was given to me. I choose to review it and share my honest thoughts about the story. The fact that the book was given to me, does not sway my opinions or review concerning this book.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet story that explored the love of a mother for her child, the importance of family, questions of right and wrong, truthfulness, romantic love, and helping those who are in danger. It was great to see into Levi’s thoughts and understand his actions that he took in previous books. I also really enjoyed watching him fall for Julia and her daughter. He was definitely a kind and caring man. The issues that he had to face and the decisions he needed to make in this novel really threw him for a loop for awhile. He grew a lot in this story. Julia and her daughter, Penny, were a welcome addition to this small community. I found myself cheering for them as they began to belong and worrying for them as Julia’s past secrets threatened the life they were making. The growing romance between Levi and Julia was heartwarming. An Amish Family Christmas was an uplifting tale. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
An Amish Family Christmas : A Charmed Amish Life Christmas Novel By: Shelley Shepard Gray An Amish Family Christmas is the fourth novel in A Charmed Amish Life . Shepard knows how to capture your heart and hold onto it. Once you have read one of her books you will go back for more. she does not disappoint me . This is Julie and Levi’s story. The Kinsinger Lumber Company was left to the Kinsinger siblings after the death of their father, who was killed in the fire at the lumber company . Levi moved to Florida for a while trying to figure where he belong. He is now back in Charm helping his brothers and sisters at the lumber company. Julie is a young widower and has a young daughter ,Penny, who will just melt your heart. Julie and Levi are neighbors and she needs help. They become friends , but Julie is hiding part of her past . What will Levi do if he finds out her past she is hiding? Will he forgive her? This story will have you in tears and Christmas time is near. Can they work out their past and find healing and find love ? I was given a complimentary copy of this book , but was not told I had to give a review.
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
What to do when being with your family reminds you of what you've lost? What if the very thought of being in the same house where your parents are no longer there stirs up the grief that's still stewing inside of you? An Amish Family Christmas explores just that. Levi Kinsinger, the youngest brother of the family still struggles with losing both his parents. Lost and uncertain, he doesn't know how to bring back his old self, until Julia Kemp and her daughter, Penny waltz into his life. And will Julia be able to open up to Levi, her only friend since moving to Charm, OH? I love The Charmed Amish Life series by Shelley Shepard Gray. Each book dealt with what grief can do to a person, as well as their family and their journey to oversome. With An Amish Family Christmas, it is no different. The difference lies in how the author closes this series with the one who's been lost since the the first book. Even though you can read each one of the books as a stand alone, I would recommend reading it as a series to fully grasp the extent of the lost and pain this family and those close to them felt. And the author has done a marvelous job of extracting exactly how differently each individual deals with grief. In the process of that, finding the love that can encompass all, that's just icing on the cake. I love how this series ends with Christmas, a time of God's love for us through the birth of Jesus Christ, a time for families to gather, and a time for love to shine. Levi's story of loss and doubt when it comes to family is the perfect one for a Christmas story. For Julia, it is a time to understand forgiveness that was so freely given to us by our God. Though it's sad to see this series come to an end, it's also a pleasure to have read every one of them in sequence, and journey with each character in their development. Well done, indeed. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
thall5 More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful way to end this series! In the fourth and final book of The Charmed Amish Life series by Shelley Shepard Gray, we get to revisit the Kinsinger family as well as get to learn more about Levi, who up until this point has been away from his family trying to deal with his own issues of grief and loss of his father. He has realized he can't run from his feelings and grief, but still doesn't yet know how to live in the same house he grew up in without his parents. Just too many memories! He has resumed his work at the family mill, which was a huge step for him, but finds himself unable to move on with his life as his siblings have all done. Julia Kemp, an new Amish comer to the Charm community, brings her own set of baggage and secrets to Charm as she and her daughter Penny try to begin their life in their first REAL home. Julia has been alone for so long and is reluctant to trust others, especially men, that when she meets Levi and they begin to become more than friends, she doesn't know how to allow someone who could really care for her and Penny in her life. As both Levi and Julia try to sort through feelings and their own personal hurts, they come to realize that they could be each other's help to move forward in life. This realization, however; comes just as Julia and Penny are put in a dangerous situation as someone from their past resurfaces. For the Kinsinger's, this has been a tough year, but they have made it through and are reminded that Christmas is about Jesus, love and family! I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. This is my honest review, which I was not required to provide.
Nicole-H More than 1 year ago
An Amish Family Christmas is the final book in the Charmed Amish Life series by Shelley Shepard Gray. Levi Kinsinger has come back home to his siblings in Charm, even though he still hasn’t come to terms with his father’s death. He finds it hard to stay in the house with the memories of his parents. With two of his siblings now married and the third engaged, he also wonders if he will find someone to share his life or if he will continue to be alone. Julia Kemp is hiding secrets from everyone, including her five year old daughter Penny. She and Levi meet after she finds herself locked out of her house and Levi sees her on his way home. While she is attracted to him, she finds it difficult to open her heart and hangs on to her secrets. Secrets have a way of coming to light, often in ways that are very inconvenient. This is true for Julia, and she fears that they have shattered the relationship that she was building with Levi. Levi then has to decide if he will forgive Julia for not trusting him with her past. Tess Hochstetler is reestablishing relationships with her brothers and trying to start The Refuge, a place of hope for battered women and children. She is uniquely qualified for the job, due to her past experience with abuse and her Amish upbringing. Officer Ken Perry is in a position to help her professionally; is it possible that he is interested in her personally as well? Like the other books in the series, the Amish people are portrayed as real people with problems and struggles like all of us face. Despite living a separate lifestyle, they are not immune to some of the darker things in life. There is hope too, and we are not left with despair after reading this story. None of us have to be bound by our pasts, and it is possible to experience joy after sorrow. I love Christmas stories, and the series ends on Christmas Day, but I will not give out any spoilers. I have thoroughly enjoyed the Charmed Amish Life series, and I feel like the Kinsinger family has become friends of mine. If you enjoy Amish fiction, be sure to read this series by Shelley Shepard Gray. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
A wonderful and finale to the Charmed Amish Life series! I loved seeing Levi work his way back into the community and his family, even though he doesn't quite feel like he fits in while he's struggling with his intense grief over his parents. He's so different from the accusatory hothead that abandoned his family in the first book. His compassion for Julia and her daughter is endearing and brings a special light into their lives. We see a few scenes from the point of view of Tess, Simon's sister, and her work establishing a community resource center for abused women and children. My favorite part of the book actually was her fumbling beginnings of a relationship with a local cop who finds her irresistible. The nervous tension from them both created a sweet anticipation of good things to come. Just loved it! This book was a bit different from the others in that there is a villain worked into the plot that creates some suspense as he gets closer to destroying the life Julia has built in Charm. The siblings from the previous books and their spouses play a significant role in helping Levi and Julia feel at home in their community. Highly recommend to fans of Amish fiction and those who enjoy following family members in a series. (Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book; this is my honest review)
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, I'm not even really sure what to say about this one. Levi is about the sweetest male character, and Lukas and Rebecca where much nicer in this book. There are also other characters from the previous book (Tess and the police officer, among others) who make appearances. Julia was an abused girlfriend, I'm tempted to write wife, because she lied about being a widow in the book, so that is cemented in my mind. She had a child out of wedlock and in an effort to protect her child, she ran. Understandable. She was hesitant to trust anybody, also understandable, and as a result, kept me distant as a reader. Also as a result, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I have the others in this series. There really wasn't much in it Christmassy either, that was kind of tossed in there as an after thought. Not Ms. Gray's best book, but not bad either. This was the 4th book in The Charmed Amish Life series, but it does stand alone. The other books are: A Son's Vow, A Daughter's Dream, A Daughter's Wish, and this one AN AMISH FAMILY CHRISTMAS.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
An Amish Family Christmas is a wonderful culmination of a wonderful series! I have loved visiting the special community of Charm, Ohio and eagerly anticipated Levi Kinsinger’s story. When Levi returns to Charm, he meets a young woman, Julia, who needs his help. But with secrets to keep, will Julia let herself trust her neighbor and the help he offers? I really enjoyed Levi and Julia’s dramatic story and their coming to terms with the pain and hardships of their pasts. I also delighted in revisiting the other members of the Kinsinger family as they gathered together in love and support of each other. An Amish Family Christmas is the fourth and final book in The Charmed Amish Life series. If you enjoy Amish fiction and have not read this series, I encourage you to do so from beginning to end! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
We are back in Charm, Ohio and Levi Kinginger is back and again working in the family lumber business, he just got back from Florida, trying to get back to his life and dealing with the death of his father in the fire. Julia Kemp and her five year old daughter Penny are new in town and attempting to acclimate themselves into the Amish community. Julia works at the local fabric store, and Penny attends the local Amish school. Julia is still coming to terms with her past, and how to best move on with their lives. Of course our two main characters are bound to meet, but sparks soon seem to fly between them, and how will Julia be able to deal with this new person in her life? She is trying to put the past away, but Penny is a constant reminder, and the love of her life. Will Julia be able to trust another man, how about Penny she doesn’t have a father, will Levi be able to fill this void? This is a fast pace story that begins on December 3rd and ends on Christmas Day December 25th, and once you start you will be quickly turning the pages to get to the answers. I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
I loved this story, partly because there are some twists that I don’t normally find in Amish stories. However, they reveal that Amish are as human as anyone else and are not immune to the same sins that affect the rest of the world. I won’t ruin it by telling too much but it is well worth reading. In the Charmed Amish Life Series, four of the key characters have been the Kinsinger siblings, two brothers and two sisters, whose parents have died and left the Kinsinger Lumber Company to them. Each story features a specific sibling. This story features Levi, the youngest brother, who has struggled greatly with the loss of their parents to the point that he moved to Florida for a period of time to try to sort things out. He does not want to admit to anyone, especially his siblings, that he can hardly bear to be in the family home since their parents are gone. The other leading character is Julia Kemp who is living a lie to protect her daughter and herself from the father of her daughter. I enjoyed catching up with the other Kinsinger siblings but Levi’s story grips the heart. He is a man of strong convictions and real backbone but he misses his parents so much that he seems to hide who he truly is. Julia and her daughter live across the street from the house he is renting. They are needy and he has the means to help. But how do you help someone who tries to push you away? Can someone in Julia’s shoes risk letting another person get too close? What if he finds out who she really is? Does she dare share her secrets with him? Is it time for her to run again? I recommend you read the book to see how this all plays out. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She was on the couch smiling. She had burned all of his new football and baseball cards