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An Amish Family Christmas

(The Charmed Amish Life #4)

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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, h
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Published October 18th 2016 by Avon Inspire
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"Avonna
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
AN AMISH FAMILY CHRISTMAS (The Charmed Amish Life #4) by Shelley Shepard Gray is the last book in The Charmed Amish series, but it can be read as a standalone. When you get to the last chapter wrap-up though, you are going to want to go back and read them all. Ms. Gray’s writing about an Amish family is entertaining and heartwarming, but she also portrays her characters with all the good and bad characteristics of all humans.

Levi Kinsinger has returned to Charm still trying to deal with the deat
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
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.) Thes
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ASC Book Reviews
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
GREAT wrap up!!! Shelley really knows how to wrap up a series! :) These were some of my all time favorite characters from her! This is a FABULOUS CHRISTmas read and if you've followed the series it CAN NOT be missed!!!!!!! Focusing more on sweet kids instead of the animals this time, I truly enjoyed all of these characters! There's a touch of suspense in the mix with this one and a touch of gritty reality that has been flowing through this whole series! This story is about change, hope, family, ...more
Mayda
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novel completes the saga of the Kinsinger family. It focuses in Levi and his struggle to return to his family and the family business. He still needs to adjust to life without his parents and their counsel. He becomes drawn to a widow and her child, but she has a secret that, if exposed, could endanger her and her daughter. Trust and acceptance are themes in this well written and enlightening tale as Levi and his extended family come together for a satisfying conclusion to this series.
Deana Dick
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 w
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Edward Arrington
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Wendy
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BACK OF THE BOOK BLURB
Ever since his father died in a tragic fire, Levi Kinsinger has felt adrift. Having just returned to Charm, Ohio, Levi tries to fit into his old life only to discover he seems to have outgrown it.

When Julia, Levi's young widowed neighbor, asks for his help with a Christmas project, he 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 task Levi takes seriously. Soon enough, his friendship with Julia grows i
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
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,
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Carole Jarvis
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
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An Amish Family Christmas is a perfect series conclusion and a wonderful Christmas read. It’s about transformation and loving relationships anchored in faith. After the way Levi had reacted to his father’s death in an earlier book, it was great to see his return to the family. But sometimes coming back isn’t easy, as many readers have undoubtedly experienced, and Levi’s struggles to fit in ring true. He just blossoms as the relationship with J
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Maureen Timerman
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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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 wi
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Laura
Oct 22, 2016 rated it liked it
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
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Brittany
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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Sydney
As always, Shelley Shepard Gray’s books speak from the heart. This story is filled with themes of family, miracles, and of course romance. Gray brings her characters to life and causes readers to fall in love with them and the story as she pulls them in. This story is about Julia Kemp and her neighbor Levi Kinsinger. They both have things that happened to them in the past that they are avoiding, but need to come to grips with so they can move on and find the love they both desire. Deep friendshi ...more
Crystal Scott
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An Amish Family Christmas: A Charmed Amish Life Christmas is the fourth book in The Charmed Amish Life Series written by Shelley Shepard Gray. This was a great book that I enjoyed. Christmas is a time for love, family, peace and sometimes the occasional miracle. Levi Kinsinger lost his father in a tragic fire and has since been floating adrift in this thing called life, until he moves to Charm, Ohio. Julia Kemps has also survived her share of hardships and moved to Charm to start over. Julia bef ...more
Susan Heim
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"An Amish Family Christmas" breaks open the perception that all Amish have perfectly godly lives. It shows that they are ordinary people who are just as capable of making mistakes as the rest of society. And Julia made a huge one at young age, which cost her the future she'd always envisioned. But I loved Julia's determination to create a new reality. She took responsibility for her actions and moved forward. Although she made further mistakes along the way, she came to realize that she couldn't ...more
Karen
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
What an exciting ending to this series. We finally get Levi's story, and it is full of surprises and suspense. As he gets to know Julia, he learns that she is hiding some pretty big stuff from him. As the truth unfolds, so does Levi's true feelings for Julia. We get to see this family come together once again, and such a sweet ending for this book and for this series. *I received a complimentary copy of this book.* ...more
Kayla
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn’t realize this book was the forth in a series when I started it, but it didn’t matter. I had no problem connecting with the characters and appreciated a little recall to some of their previous experiences, likely in the earlier books. It was everything I want in an Amish book, wholesome characters, great lessons and lots of community.
Lisa Petro
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the entire series as each member of the Kinsinger family fell in love. Interesting that some were with newcomers. This one ended in Christmas. It was a series that I am not sure one thinks of when thinking of Amish communities with real world issues and hurt and how they handle them. As in all Amish books, God is the answer without it being overdone with a religious overtone.
Kay
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Didn't know what to expect because I started with this book because it was Christmas theme. Got home and found out it is part of a series. I enjoyed it very much and think you can read this as a stand alone. ...more
Susan
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have loved this series and each one just gets better. This is the fourth and final one and I will miss the characters. A definite re-read for me.
Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
Levi Kinsinger has had the hardest time of all the Kinsinger's coming to terms with his father's death at the family lumber mill. He has just recently returned from Florida after working construction down there for a short time. He has moved from the family home to Jupiter Street to have some quiet and space from his family.

Julia Kemps lives with her young daughter across the street from Levi but has kept to herself for various reasons. Levi needs someone to help clean his house before his fami
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Melody Kitchens
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rosemarie
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this final book of the series, the story follows Levi Kinsinger, Lukas' younger brother. After leaving Charm shortly after his father's tragic death at the lumber mill, Levi worked in construction in Pinecraft for 6 months as he tried to deal with his grief. Recently returned, Levi realizes he's still mourning and can't be in the family home. So, he rents a small house near the lumber mill, despite his siblings' upset over it. When he meets his neighbor Julia Kemp and her five-year-old daught ...more
Jean
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don’t read many Amish romances because they are usually more romance than substance. But I was hard up for something to download from the library that had a Christmas theme. I almost quit listening during the first couple chapters because I wasn’t seeing much happening, but finally a story with a little deeper plot began to emerge. It turned out to be a good story.
T. Rosado
4-4.5 Stars

This books ends The Charmed Amish Life series and pairs off the final Kissinger sibling, Levi. As with the previous book, Gray doesn't shy away from bleak situations such as physical and emotional abuse. That scenario gave this book some added suspense. As with most of Shelley's books, she weaves smaller or continuing story-lines with the main story. This helps wrap up a sweet series of books and characters by giving a future glimpse of some of our previous favorites within the series
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C Janet
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish-fiction
A nice Christmas story

Julie and her daughter Penny moved to Charm, Ohio.
Penny thinks her father is dead. Truth is Julie was an unmarried madel who ran away from Penny’s real dad because he was abusive and struck her before she told him about Penny. Julie moved to a new city to keep her and Penny safe. One cold night Julie locks herself and Penny out of her house. She meets Levi Kinsinger. Will Julie continue her lie or will she finally be able to open up to Levi. Good book, great character devel
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Peggy Zeigler
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't relize this was part of a series. Now i will need to find the first 3 books. I enjoyed this book. the author did make the charecters real, nothing is cut and dried. Not everyone is going to do everything right. People do keep secrets because they are ashamed, embarassed, scared. Many reasons. but it all works out in the end. ...more
Amy
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Missed the typical Amish charm and simplicity

While this book does address relevant issues, I didn't expect to have this Christmas book focus on a single mother and having to worry throughout this book when the controlling, abusive, narcissistic father of her child would catch up to her and her daughter and make her life a living nightmare.
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Tressa (Wishful Endings)
I was interested in Levi's story after reading the third book in this series. This was definitely a little more of a tough read with the heroine's background, but still sweet. Review posting 10/24. ...more
Beckiezra
Fluffy romance, easy read, a nice slice of December life in an Amish population different than the ones I'm only vaguely familiar with in Pennsylvania. The characters were likable, though I may have felt differently if I wasn't starting with the 4th and final(?) book of the series. I'm almost tempted to check out the earlier books, but I think I could only make my way through this because I was looking for some light Christmas reading. I'll probably read synopses at least, but it's pretty clear ...more
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Librarian Note: AKA Shelley Gray (Western Romance).

Shelley Shepard Gray has published over seventy novels. She currently writes Amish romances for Harper Collins, Kensington, and Simon & Schuster and contemporary women’s fiction for Blackstone Publishing.

Her novels have been Holt Medallion winners and Inspirational Readers Choice and Carol finalists. Shelley’s novels have appeared on both the New
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The Charmed Amish Life (4 books)
  • A Son's Vow (The Charmed Amish Life #1)
  • A Daughter's Dream (The Charmed Amish Life #2)
  • A Sister's Wish (The Charmed Amish Life, #3)

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