Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Naomi's Gift Book Review

SUMMARY:  If she reopens her heart, will she reopen her wounds?
     Naomi King has been unlucky in love.  Longing for marriage and children, she pursued love full tilt, disregarding traditional courtship.  Now, at the ripe old age of twenty-four, Naomi has been burned twice, certain she'll spend her life helping with her mother's quilt business and caring for her eight siblings.
     As Christmas approaches - a time of family, faith, and hope for many others - Naomi is resigned to what she believes is God's will for her, and she throws herself into tending the quilt booth at the farmer's market.  Even so, she longs for love.
     Enter Caleb Schmucker, a young widower with an eight-year-old daughter.  Visiting family for the holidays, Caleb is dealing with his own guilt, uncertainties, and longing.  As he and Naomi find themselves together at social gatherings and holiday events, both treasure their budding relationships.
     Caleb finds the friendship awakening feelings he's suppressed since his wife's death.  Naomi begins to experience emotions deeper than any she's ever felt.  Slowly, cautiously, Naomi finds the courage to open her heart to this thoughtful, faith-filled man.
    With her belief in love already shaken, Naomi must once again reconsider her hopes and dreams and reexamine her faith.

REVIEW:  Naomi and Caleb both struggle with family members who think they know what is best for them, whether or not they are right.  Naomi's mom thinks that Naomi tries too hard and chases men instead of letting them pursue her after making a few mistakes.  Caleb's sister is determined he meet and develop a relationship with Irene, instead of Naomi, because she believes the rumors about Naomi are true.  As they see each other again and again at social gatherings, Caleb and Naomi enjoy each other's company and realize they are developing feelings.  Encouraging them the whole time are his daughter Susie and Naomi's friend Lilly.
     This is a good story.  I like how the characters work through thinking they will never love again to caring deeply for someone despite what others close to them are saying.  It is a short novel but it is packed full of unexpected gifts:  physcial, emotional, and relational.  Check it out!

This book was provided by Zondervan Publishers for review without compensation.

Amy Clipston is the author of the bestselling Kaufmann Bakery novels.  She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and currently works for the city of Charolette, North Carolina.  Amy lives with her husband, two sons, and four spoiled-rotten cats.  Visit her on the web at

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