In Shelley Shepard Gray's third book in her Charmed Amish Life series, a respectable young woman finds herself falling for an Amish man from the wrong side of the tracks.
Amelia Kinsinger is the perfect Amish woman---at least according to her neighbors. And while Amelia takes pride in her role as homemaker, she's also harboring a secret: She's been in love with bad boy Simon Hochstetler for as long as she can remember. Too bad he's about as far from "perfect" as an Amish man could get . . . but that's exactly why she's so drawn to him.
Life hasn't been kind to Simon. He ran away from an abusive home at fifteen and things went downhill from there. Eventually, Simon landed in prison. But the experience changed him. Now back in Charm as a grown man, he's determined to make a new life for himself and not think too much about his wild past . . . unless it pertains to Amelia.
He's loved Amelia for years. To him, she represents everything good and kind in the world. When he realizes that she returns his affections, he starts calling on her in secret, even though her older brother Lukas---who just happens to be Simon's best friend---has made it perfectly clear that Amelia deserves better. Simon disagrees and believes he's the only one who can truly make her happy.
But when Amelia gets hurt, it sets off a chain of events that forces them to consider their future together---and face their past mistakes. There's a chance for love . . . but only if Simon dares to trust Amelia with the secrets of his past.
Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.
Although this is the third book in the Charmed Amish life, you will never be lost. Each book stands on it's own, however, you will definitely want to read the first two books. They were excellent!
This book focuses on Amelia, a devout Amish woman, and the man she has loved for as long as she can remember, Simon. Unfortunately, Simon is as far from perfect as a man can get, or so the community where they live believes.
Amelia and Simon have grown up as different as two people can. Amelia comes from a loving family and Simon from an abusive household. He left them when he was fifteen and, unfortunately, he gets into trouble and goes to prison. This has a profound affect on him, though, and when he returns to Charm, he is a different man. Unfortunately, not everyone is willing to see this.
Amelia is the fixer in her family. The one who does most everyone thing for the family and never complains. They aren't always aware of all she does as they take it for granted. She has been the one who kind of fades into the background but when her relationship with Simon begins, she is suddenly in the spotlight.
I absolutely love this book! I love the faith that is so much a part of their lives. I also love how we see what happens to a life when it's given over to God and there is redemption. Simon is such a great example of this.
You'll love this book as much as I do, I'm sure. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group
Blessings - Julie