Naomi’s Gift: an Amish Christmas Story by Amy Clipston
Series: None but deals with characters from the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series.
Goodreads Summery: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.
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 love for Naomi?
Caleb lost his wife two years ago. He is heading to Bird-in-Hand to spend Christmas with his sister Sadie and her family. After meeting Naomi he finds himself coming alive again, but his sister had other ideas for a possible wife for Caleb. His sweet daughter Susie just loves Naomi and helps to draw these two together. Will there be true love on Christmas Day?
I tend to hold my breath when it comes to novella’s. A lot of times they leave you wishing for more. This book did a good job of not doing that. I really liked Naomi, Caleb and little Susie. I felt bad for Naomi because she has not had a lot of luck when it comes to men and so when she starts having feelings for Caleb she second guesses herself.
Caleb is still grieving his late wife but is starting to think more about his future. I admit I felt he went from not being ready to find someone to ready really fast. I like how the characters spent time together and actually got to know each other. Some novella’s tend to do the whole love at first sight and leaves me going wait what? How did they fall in love they don’t even know each other.. Not this book. Even though the story line was a little shorter there was still a good plot and character development.
The only point I felt like I would have liked a little more was the ending. I finished it going that’s it? I would have liked a little more meat in the ending but the author had to wrap it up and over all did a great job. I now want to go back and read the series Kauffman Amish Bakery after getting peak into this fun family.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.