Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A Daughter's Dream by Shelley Sheppard Gray (Review)

  • Series: Charmed Amish Life
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Inspire (May 24, 2016)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062337818

  • In Shelley Shepard Gray’s second book in her Charmed Amish Life series, a young teacher and farmer discover they have much in common, especially when it comes to healing old wounds from the past…and finding love in one another.

    Rebecca Kinsinger has always dreamed of being a teacher. But when she’s given the opportunity she’s been waiting for at Charm Amish School, she’s dismayed to discover that teaching is hard work—work she’s afraid she’s not very good at.

    That is, until Lilly Yoder joins the class. A thirteen-year old who’s just lost her parents, Lilly is in need of someone like Rebecca. For the first time since starting her new job, Rebecca feels a sense of purpose. But when she meets Lilly’s uncle, Jacob, his good looks and sweet, easy-going temperament are hard to ignore. How can she even entertain romantic thoughts of Jacob when his niece is her student?

    Suddenly becoming Lily’s sole caregiver, Jacob Yoder never thought he’d be a single parent—or a farmer. Having been living in Florida as a carpenter, Jacob feels more at home wielding a hammer than a backhoe. The only bright spot in his life is Rebecca Kinsinger. As Lily and Rebecca develop a bond, Jacob’s fondness for the pretty teacher grows, too.

    But when a fateful accident brings them together, Rebecca and Jacob must choose between duty and desire. Will they follow the path before them? Or set out to find true happiness…and true love?

    My Review:

    I enjoyed reading this second book in the Charmed Amish Life series. I actually like it better than the first because the subject matter was so intense in the first. The first book is a Son's Vow. In this book the main focus is on Rebecca Kinsinger. The Kinsinger family owns and operates the lumber mill in town. She is the secretary but dreams of being a teacher. So she volunteers in the local Amish school. She meets Jacob Yoder when a new student moves to the area. They hit it off immediately. Rebecca is cautious because he is a student's father. They both know something about dreams. Jacob was a carpenter and had to quit to farm. Neither plan works out the way they thought it would. This was a sweet romance story with well developed characters and plot. The ending was good and I look forward to reading Rebecca's sister, Amelia's story. Recommended.

    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.

    Review copy provided by Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.

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