This is the third book in the awesome Charm series. Once again, the Kinsinger family and the family factory are pivotal in the story. However, this time, things from the past are affecting the future and the present. Things no one in the Amish community wants to even thinks about, much less acknowledge, play a huge role and shows in some ways the Amish aren’t that much different than the English. Even more important are the messages of forgiveness and allowing God to lead the way. I absolutely loved Amelia and Simon. Both are strong characters that are extremely well developed. While I wasn’t happy about broken families, I was thrilled to see Simon and his siblings reaching out to each other. I’d love to see how that plays out in the long run as I don’t see either of his siblings returning to the Amish faith. I could be wrong though. I loved seeing how other characters grew and developed. It truly has you wondering if you really know yourself. This is an easily read story that I quickly read. I was shocked it was over so soon. It’s not that it’s short but rather that I was so involved I didn’t realize how fast time passed. As usual for Ms. Shepherd Gray’s books there are questions for groups (or individuals) to thinks about and discuss, a recipe and a glimpse at the next book in this series. All are a great addition to this wonderful book. If you like Amish romance, this is a book you should definitely pick up. You won’t put it down until you are done.
Theirs should have been a straight forward courtship. He is her oldest brother’s best friend. She’s had a crush on him since childhood. They are in love. But, a wild rumspringa, tattoos and time spent in jail may cause pain that no one expected. Can Amelia’s family come to understand that the past is in the past?
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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.