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Naomi's Gift: An Amish Christmas Story (Kauffman Amish Bakery -- Christmas Stories #2)

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Part of a family-oriented Amish community, twenty-four-year-old Naomi King has given up her dreams of finding true love. But when a young widower stirs surprising feelings in her, Naomi cautiously opens her heart to him and receives an unexpected response that once again turns her world upside-down.
ebook, 144 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Zondervan (first published August 16th 2011)
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Naomi
Mar 13, 2016 Naomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So my fiancé and I are driving to Va after visiting my father in Philly. We stop at one of the rest stops - Delaware house? Chesapeake house? Maryland house? - one of those big ones. I'm in line for the register buying snacks and I see a book on the book spin-rack called "Naomi's Gift". My name is Naomi so I pick it up to see what my gift is. The blurb on the back is all "Naomi blah blah blah, and then she meets Caleb, blah blah blah." My fiancé (now husband) is named Caleb, so this is funny to ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
{Merry CHRISTmas everyone! Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday in honor of our Savior’s birth there’ll be a new Christmas book review! With a couple giveaways sprinkled in, it’s going to be so much fun! Let’s start!}

About this book:

“Sometimes the most unanticipated gifts are the most precious of all.
In the Amish community of Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania, twenty-four-year-old Naomi King has had her heart broken twice, and she has all but given up on marriage and family.
The she meets Caleb, a wi
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Brenda
Oct 12, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caleb Schmucker, a widower of two years and his eight year old daughter Susie are taking a trip from Ohio back to Caleb's hometown of Bird In Hand,Pa. to spend the holidays with his family. When Susie insists on stopping at a local farmers market to purchase a pie to take to her auntie Sadie's house she is drawn to Naomi King because of the quilts she is selling, and when Sadie reveals that her mother is dead, Naomi can't quit thinking about the little girl and her father. As Sadie and Naomi's f ...more
Kara
Nov 19, 2011 Kara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Naomi’s Gift by Amy Clipston
Short Review by Kara Grant

I was pleasantly surprised by this wonderful story; I only wished it had lasted longer than 178 pages. This book is a Christmas story that accurately illustrates miracles and romance. Naomi has been through two relationships that broke her heart and has resigned herself to not getting married. She focuses her attention on seeking God, helping her parents with her eight siblings, and working as a quilt maker. Caleb is a widower with a young da
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PopcornReads
In my search to provide a wide range of holiday stories, I was drawn to Naomi’s Gift: An Amish Christmas Story by Amy Clipston. All of us get nostalgic this time of year and I hoped a story set in the Amish community would provide us with an old fashioned Christmas. Naomi’s Gift is a novella that did not disappoint.

Although it’s part of a series, Naomi’s Gift works well as a stand-alone novel. It contains a glossary of Amish words and the families involved in the story are delineated in a geneo
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J.C. Morrows
I can’t help feeling a bit of a kinship with Naomi – unlucky in love… picking the wrong guy… twice… feeling like all hope is lost…

Granted, I’m not 24 anymore and I have two children of my own already, but there are so many little things about Naomi and her lot in life that remind me of myself.

I think a lot of readers will find the same true of themselves. We all have to deal with disappointments and disaster where love is concerned.
Rachel Brand
Book Review: Naomi’s Gift by Amy Clipston
By Rachel Ropper

GENRE: AMISH ROMANCE
PUBLISHER: ZONDERVAN
PUBLICATION DATE: OCTOBER 1, 2011
RATING: 8 OUT OF 10

After having her heart broken more than once, Naomi King has given up on love and resigned herself to remaining at home and helping her mother care for her siblings. It isn’t until widower Caleb Schmucker returns from Ohio for the holidays, along with his eight year old daughter, Susie, that she begins to wonder whether God will grant her another se
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Louise
Story Description:

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
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Camille
Naomi's Gift by Amy Clipston


I listened to this sweet novella while driving from Arizona to California for winter break.

Short, sweet and spirited, I couldn't help but love this book!

Naomi's Gift is the story of Naomi (go figure) who has been burned badly by love. She had her heart broken when her fiancé broke up with her for another woman, and then again when she chased after another man, almost shamefully so.

Naomi has given up on love. She believes that perhaps God means for her to live her life
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Patty Hearts Dave
Caleb Schmucker and his daughter, Susie, are spending Christmas with his sister, Sadie Kauffman, and her family in Ohio. Before they arrive at Sadie's house they stop at a farmer's market to buy a pie for her. Susie gets separated from Caleb. He finds her at a stand where Amish women are selling quilts. He is taken back by one of woman at the stand. When they arrive at Sadie's, Caleb tells her about finding Susie at the stand. To his surprise, he learns that the woman lives in his sister's distr ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith

As fall is beginning to peak around the corner, some of the best books are just beginning to hit the bookshelves in time to get us in the Christmas spirit, and one of the best I've read belongs to Amy Clipston, who wrote, Naomi's Gift, An Amish Christmas Story. I've yet to read an Amish book, I didn't like and this one was such a true pleasure to read.

I could imagine life at Bird-In-Hand Pennsylvania, the crisp cold chill of snow in the air, settling under thick, gray clouds. Just in time to mak
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Julie Witt
Oct 13, 2011 Julie Witt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

First off, I have to say that I love Amish stories so I went into this expecting to love it, even though I have not read any of Amy Clipston's books before. I wasn't disappointed! I really, really loved it! I am definitely going to be getting my hands on more of Amy's work!

From Goodreads: "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 m
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Kristin
Apr 28, 2016 Kristin rated it it was amazing
Naomi's Gift_GuidelinesThis is a fantastic novella, I actually own it as a standalone as well as in the Kauffman Amish Bakery Christmas Collection.     When I was gifted the collection for Christmas I thought it was the perfect time to read A Plain and Simple Christmas (which I had never read) and Naomi's Gift (One that I had read but couldn't remember as it had been a long while) and review them individually.

 

Before I get to the review, I do want to go back to the fact that you can get these books as standalone novel
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Mary  O'Brien
This journey begins with Caleb and his daughter Susie taking a trip home for Christmas. You see, Caleb lost his wife and unborn child in a freak accident 2 years prior. Caleb blames himself for the death of his wife. He feels as that he will not have another chance at love. That is until, his daughter runs into a woman at a flea market. Susie immediately takes to this woman. Caleb’s sister however, has other plans for his brother. She tells Caleb to stay away from a woman named Naomi King explai ...more
Alysia
I won this book from a book blogger hop about 2 years ago from a Wordpress Blogger. I have no idea who the blogger was or the name of the blog. (If you are reading this, book blogger who gave this to me along with another two Christmas book, hit me up) Honestly, I don't think I have ever read a Christmas book since Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" in junior high school. And I am not sure I even read that one or just saw the movie.
The first thing that comes to mind about this book is...What a
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Abbie
4.5 Stars


Naomi is done with trying to find love. After having her heart broken not once but twice she is resigned to helping her mom and dad raise her younger siblings. One day at the quilt stand where she works she meets a little girl and her father. Even though they only met for a minute she felt a connection. She soon sees them again and finds out they are related to the Kauffman’s who she feels uncomfortable around due to a past relationship. Could the 3rd time be the charm when it comes to
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D.J.
Jul 18, 2014 D.J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Naomi…

This special novella focuses on Naomi King.

I didn’t really notice her much until she began talking to Luke, bringing him lunch and… if she weren’t Amish, I’d say… she was flirting with disaster – ha!

But she couldn’t see that everyone thought she was behaving badly – making a spectacle of herself by flirting with Luke in front of the whole church district”

No one can say she didn’t try her best to convince Luke to court her… even when Luke tried to tell her she was wasting her time, she refu
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Laura
Dec 11, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: NAOMI’S GIFT
Author: Amy Clipston
Publisher: Zondervan
September 2011
ISBN: 978-0-310-32735-8
Genre: Inspirational/Amish/Christmas

Naomi King has had her heart broken twice and she is the laughing stock of her Amish community the way she has chased men. Now she is ashamed and wants to change her ways, determined she’ll stay single rather than make a fool out of herself over a man again. She is working at her family’s quilt booth, selling quilts and is trying to find her way, despite being asham
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Gail Hollingsworth
One of my favorite genres to read is Amish and a Christmas Amish story is icing on the cake. Naomi King is approaching age 24, almost considered an old maid by Amish standards. She has tried two times to find her life mate only to have her heart broken both times. She has decided that God intends for her to stay single and help her Mamm take care of her seven brothers and sisters.
Caleb has a seven year old daughter, Susie, and lost his wife, Barbara two years ago in an accident. He has lived in
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Jodie
How do you sum up a short and sweet Christmas miracle story? Let me try, Caleb has been a widower for two years. His sweet little ball of energy, his daughter Susie, is immediately in love with the town where Caleb grew up. Susie enjoys playing with all of her cousins and she really wants to learn how to bake and quilt. When she meets Naomi at the farmer's market, she is taken in by Naomi's sweet personality and easy to talk to spirit. The two of them have many things in common. Once Caleb final ...more
Christy Lockstein
Naomi's Gift by Amy Clipston is a Christmas novella in the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Naomi King has faced two recent heartbreaks that have left her wondering if marriage is God's will for her and a reputation for chasing men with some of the men in her community. Caleb Schmucker is still mourning the loss of his pregnant wife Barbara in a tragic buggy accident two years ago while trying to raise his daughter Susie. Caleb and Susie return to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania where he grew up to spen ...more
Cindy
Aug 03, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Naomi King finds herself really interested in the little girl who shows up in her mom's quilting booth at the flea market. This little girl seems drawn to the quilts and shares with Naomi that her mother was supposed to teach her how to quilt, but she had died. Naomi can see the young girl is grieving and missing her mother, and the little girl's father also has eyes that mirror that same hurt. However Naomi is treading carefully, after seemingly throwing herself at two young eligible bachelors ...more
Trish
Sep 15, 2011 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars/FICTION; Christmas

Caleb Schmucker and his young daughter, Susie, travel to Pennsylvania to celebrate Christmas with his Amish family and church district. Widowed for two years, Caleb realizes that he misses the community he grew up in and how the relationships there play a positive role in he and Susie's path to the future.

Naomi King feels undeserving of anyone's love or attention after two failed relationships. She takes pride in her work as a quilter and helping to care for her young
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Carly
Sep 18, 2011 Carly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At last, I got to read an Amy Clipston novel! I’ve heard such great things about Amy’s books and I was delighted to have a chance to review Naomi’s Gift. Since I don’t automatically love all Amish books, I approached Naomi’s Gift with cautious optimism. One thing I don’t like about Amish fiction is when authors use Pennsylvania Dutch and the reader has to stop reading and look up what a word means. This book had that, but I enjoyed the story so much it actually did not impact my enjoyment of the ...more
Kali
Dec 16, 2016 Kali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook! Such a sweet love story. It made my heart and soul sigh. This story has somehow magnified that love I feel for my own husband. It was like experiencing falling in love all over again! I just want to melt into his strong warm embrace. It was a perfect story for this Christmas season. I wish there was more, definitely didn't want it to be over. It's been a stressful week, and listening to this book honestly kept helping me feel more at peace. It just h ...more
M.C.
Feb 22, 2012 M.C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not the best time for reading a christmas novella, I know, but I just finished this one.
And I have to say, I was enchanted.

The writting is really good, as I expected, since I liked this author's work in a ya novel I read previously, entitled 'Roadside Assistance'. But on top of that, the story although brief, was very well thought-out, with diverse and very realistic characters.
The romance was sweet but deep, both the hero and heroine having to overcome struggles before they could be tog
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April
Nov 18, 2011 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
NAOMI'S GIFT by Amy Clipston is an another interesting inspirational Amish Christmas novella set in Bird-in-Hand,Pennsylvania. It is book #4 in the "Kauffman Amish Bakery Series",but can be read as a stand alone. See "A Gift of Grace",A Promise of Hope","A Place of Peace". "Naomi's Gift" is the story of Naomi King,unlucky in love,longing for children and marriage,but burned twice by believing in love. And Caleb Schmucker,a young widower,visiting his family with his own longings,guilt,and uncerta ...more
Melanie
Nov 08, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas, amish
Naomi had all but given up on finding her true love after being left broken hearted. At age 24 she figured she would just help her mother care for her siblings and be content in how God had directed her life. When Caleb comes to town to visit PA from his district in OH for the holiday season, Naomi feels a connection to Caleb and his daughter Susie. Naomi tries to avoid him as her mother advises her not to chase after a widower.
Caleb’s 8 year old daughter sees a friend in Naomi and seeks her ou
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Diane U
Nov 18, 2011 Diane U rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Naomi King has been heartbroken twice and has been labeled as an "eager" woman. Caleb comes into town for the Christmas holiday to spend time with his family in Lancaster County. He is a widower with a seven year old daughter, Susie. Susie meets Naomi at the famer's market while she is working at the quilt stand for her family's store. Susie is instantly connected to Naomi and their friendship blossoms the more time they spend together. Caleb wants to meet Naomi but his nosy sister Sadie has som ...more
Tillie
A fantastic novella containing the characters from the Kauffman Amish Bakery series by Amy Clipston. In this book it focuses on Naomi, one of the minor characters who in the other books tried to court some of the Kauffman boys.

It was lovely to see a story based around Naomi. In this one you go to know her as a person, not some love-sick girl. Her journey to becoming a woman was amazing.

I loved the widowed character and his adorable daughter. The characters had me hoping for them to get everythin
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Hi, I’m Amy Clipston. I am an author of Amish and Christian fiction with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Most of my books focus on the Amish community, faith, and love. I also write romance novels and young adult inspirational stories.

My books include:

Kauffman Amish Bakery Series
• A Gift of Grace (3/2009)
• A Promise of Hope (3/2010)
• A Place of Peace (2/2011)
• A Life of Joy (1/2012)
• A Season
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