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The Gift of Hope

(Unexpected Gifts #1)

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A cheerful giver is twice blessed in this first novel in an Amish series by Kristen McKanagh.

Hope Beiler needs Aaron Kanagy's help. She is determined to give her sister a beautiful new bed frame as a wedding present, and Aaron is the best carpenter in Charity Creek. Unfortunately, she can't move past something he said last year... and there's unexplained animosity between
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 27th 2021 by Berkley Books
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Kristina
The Gift of Hope by Kristen McKanagh is cute Amish novel. I enjoyed this first book in the Unexpected Gifts series. I thought it was well-written with steady pacing and developed characters. I liked the characters in this story that included Hope Beiler and Aaron Kanagy. I especially loved Hope’s grandmother, Mammi. She was a delight. Another fun character is Aaron’s mother, Ruth. I enjoyed the setting of Charity Creek. It sounds like a charming town. The romance between Aaron and Hope was sweet ...more
Tammy Moldovan
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Unexpected Gifts series. It’s a sweet Amish romance. Despite the sweetness of this tale, real relatable issues are addressed and resolved. The emotions and challenges the characters face are universal and could easily be experienced anywhere. I was drawn into the emotions of the story which allowed me to be a part of the characters’ lives rather than a simple observer. This is always the hallmark of a good book for me. Expect to feel all the feels when you read this ...more
Kelly-Jo Sweeney
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that Amish romances aren't the first thing that I reach for. Actually, to be completely honest, I've never read one before. But, when one of my favourite authors wrote one, I had to check it out. The Gift of Hope tells Aaron and Hope's story. Their families have been at odds for years, although neither of them knows why. Hope needs Aaron's help to make her sister a gift for her coming wedding, in return, she agrees to take his place in the family shop. The only problem is that he ...more
JoAnne
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Pamela Pavkov
Jul 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Gift of Hope is a fantastic story written by Kristen McKanagh. This is my first story by this author and I was not disappointed. I loved her characters and the storyline. I was intrigued throughout the entire story wanting to know why the two families were estranged from one another. I enjoyed getting to know Hope Beiler and also enjoyed her energy for life no matter what was thrown at her. Aaron Kanagy had just the right personality to qualify him as a knight in shining armor. This story is fil ...more
Sherry Menager
May 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome read

A wonderful story about two young people who are drawn together despite an old family fude. I found the characters authentic and the plot well developed.I couldn’t put this book down.time was well spent reading this story.
melissa
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story, this author a new one to me. I loved the character's in it. I am so glad there is going to be a 2nd book will hear more about the character's. I'm happy how that story turned out. I don't remember how I came acrossed this author, sure glad I did. ...more
Quinn Fforde
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this sweet story. Hope and Aaron are compelling characters, and I cared about how they would overcome their obstacles. I enjoyed reading about their family members and community, too. This is a good book to read when you want to read about close families and neighbors and love.
Kristen McKanagh
Sep 17, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
A cheerful giver is twice blessed.

Unfortunately for the Kanagy men, not one of them wants to take over the family-run gift shop. But, even when the way is unclear, unexpected gifts can come from following a dream with hope, joy, and faith.

The first of my sweet contemporary Amish romance series published by Berkley Romance is coming May 2021. I can't wait to share this with y'all!

NOW AVAILABLE - paperback, ebook, & audiobook
Amazon: http://mybook.to/giftofhope
B&N: http://bit.ly/hope-bn
Apple: https
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Romance author Kristen McKanagh writes sweet contemporary romance & Amish romance. She loves plots that warm the soul, feisty heroines with sass, heroes with heart, a dash of snark, and oodles of HEAs! Other titles include wife, mother, Star Wars geek, ex-competitive skydiver, spreadsheet lover, eMBA, organizational guru, Texan, Aggie, and chocoholic.

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