Naomi’s Gift

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Title: Naomi’s Gift: An Amish Christmas Story

Author: Amy Clipston

Publisher: Zondervan

Copyright: September 20, 2011

ISBN: 978-0310327356


Format: E-Book, 192 Pages

Genres: Religious Fiction, Christian Fiction, Amish Fiction


Naomi has begun to believe that she isn’t meant to find love, but she might receive more than she has ever hoped for this Christmas.

Twenty-four-year-old Naomi King has all but given up on marriage and children. As Christmas approaches, Naomi is certain that 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.


Amy Clipston’s Naomi’s Gift is the story of a spirited young Naomi King, an Amish woman who has been jilted in love a few times. Having had a few bachelors, neighbors begin to whisper that she is shameless. Everything changes when she meets widower Caleb Schmucker who lost his wife two years prior and lives with his endearing daughter Susie. Susie immediately takes a liking to Naomi and, in time, Caleb does as well.

At first it was a little on the slow side but the more Naomi and Caleb would run into each other, it was obvious that the chemistry was palpable. Ms. Clipston does a phenomenal job in fleshing out her characters and truly brings Naomi and her Amish world to life. While I wouldn’t say there are twists and turns in this book, it went along at a good pace. This work of fiction has a nice plot and there were times where I felt that Naomi resembled a Cinderella-esque figure. All the while I felt compelled to root for her despite the obstacles that she had faced. Through it all, however, Naomi relied on God and demonstrated her great faith. This was a fantastic and fun book to check out in time for Christmas.

If you are a fan of Beverly Lewis or Wanda Brunsetter, you will love this charming Christmastime romance.


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