What I’m Reading: Naomi’s Gift An Amish Christmas Story by Amy Clipston

This is the first of Amy Clipston’s books I have read, and I chose it because, after having read Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult and then having watched the film adaptation of the book, I started to become interested in Amish culture, and am interested too because my cousin (who is not Amish) lives in Pennsylvania, and I wanted to know more about the state, although i realise the Amish are concentrated around Lancaster County.
Since my interest in the Amish people and culture began, I have watched a few more Amish-themed films. I was thinking about buying this ebook last year, but back then it was much more expensive than it is now.
Just a few days ago, I was browsing Amazon.co. uk for Christmas novels and saw Naomi’s Gift An Amish Christmas Story for just £1.99. This is really a novella (short novel).

When I buy ebooks I typically try and get them as cheaply as possible, unless there’s a book by an author I feel I can justify spending full price for .
Here’s the synopsis of the book. I have read 13% of the ebook already since yesterday, and so far the story has a great pace and is easy and relaxing to read.

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.



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