Today I am reviewing Naomi’s Gift, the second Christmas novella in the Kauffman Amish Bakery series by Amy Clipston.
This is what GoodReads has to say about Naomi’s Gift:
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.
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”
Even when Luke tried to tell her she was wasting her time, she refused to listen – even to him!
Well, no one can say she didn’t try her best to convince Luke to court her…
Then at the end, after Luke has finally convinced Naomi that her feelings will never be returned and he has feelings for Sarah, Timothy notices her… and begins thinking she might just suit him after all.
Next, she gets involved with Timothy… I think Naomi has grown up a bit and she really gets hurt by Timothy, who still loves Miriam, but thinks it’s hopeless and that he should marry Naomi.
Talk about a mess!
To be fair, Timothy often feels that he’s being unkind to not share his feelings with Naomi, but every time he tries to, something stops him. Naomi finally realizes how he feels.
So now she’s stopped trying altogether!
I like Naomi so much more in Naomi’s Gift… and when Caleb and Susie begin to care for her, I cheered!
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And she was convinced if she stayed in Lancaster County that she’d be an old maid, never marrying and having a family of her own.
If you’re like me, you expect this story to have a happy ending – after all, it’s about Christmas!
I won’t spoil it for you, but there are a few twists and turns!
Amy does a great job showing how am Amish wife might help a friend who has left the faith, even though it means going against her husband’s wishes.
This heart-warming novella shows the faith of one and the forgiveness and acceptance she earnestly desires. If you haven’t read it, don’t wait another year until Christmas – read it anytime!
Amy Clipston has a talent for knowing what her readers want… if you don’t have them, be sure this series is on your Christmas list!
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God bless you!