Naomi’s Gift is a sentimental Amish Christmas story by Amy Clipston. Naomi’s Gift is a side story to Clipston’s Amish series, the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, and focuses on two characters, Naomi King and widower Caleb Schmucker. Both are alone in the world and struggle to move on from hurts that have left them emotionally scarred.
Naomi’s Gift is an easy book to read, with short chapters, and a good pace that leads the reader from start to finish in two or three hours. There are good descriptions of Amish life, such as church services and quilting, and between these descriptions are characters ranging from the “overly-critical mother” to the “meddlesome older sister.” The climax comes during a Christmas party when Naomi misunderstands Caleb’s sentiments toward her and chooses to walk home in the middle of a blizzard.
Naomi King is the eldest of nine children and has had her heart broken twice. Now she rigidly guards her heart, so that she won’t be seen as an “easy-woman.” Caleb Schmucker is a widower with an eight-year-old daughter, returning home for the holidays. Their paths cross when Naomi and the daughter, Susan, meet at the farmers’ market and form a bond over quilts. Soon neither Caleb nor Naomi can stop thinking about the other. Forces, however, such as Caleb’s older sister, their neighbor Irene Wagler, and Naomi’s mother, attempt to keep them apart.
Amy Clipston has written a story that will keep the reader occupied for a holiday evening of relaxing reading. However, for those who enjoy slower, more realistic character development, original plots, and more dramatic endings, this may not be the book to read. This is an excellent holiday book for any fan of romantic fiction. – Demelza Ramirez, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Part of a family-oriented Amish community, twenty-four-year-old Naomi King has given up her dreams of finding true love. But when a young widower stirs surprising feelings in her, Naomi cautiously opens her heart to him and receives an unexpected response that once again turns her world upside-down.