Thursday, December 15, 2011
Amy Clipson's Naomi's Gift ~ Reviewed
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (September 12, 2011)
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.
Naomi’s Gift takes place in an Amish community. It revolves around Naomi King, a young Amish woman who believes she is destined to spend her life single and helping her mother take care of her siblings. But when widowed Caleb Schmucker and his daughter, Susie, come to visit family things are about to change. Susie and Naomi meet by “chance” and are immediately drawn to each other. When Naomi and Caleb meet, there is an immediate attraction, though neither one are willing to admit it at first.
I loved this book. I was able to relate to Naomi’s character on some level, in regards to wondering if she would ever meet that one perfect guy for her. It was so much fun to watch her character open up to the possibility of love. And Caleb’s character, was fun, too. This is such a wonderful little love story and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves to read stories about the Amish.
Reviewed by: Sarah Porter