A DAUGHTER'S DREAM
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?
I give this novel a ten turtle salute -- you'll have to read the story to understand, just trust me when I say it's a good thing. Very good.
I love the way Gray creates community in the pages of her books. I slip inside and easily become a part of the story. It's a comforting feeling -- like coming home -- and I settle back, ready to be entertained. This is the second book in The Charmed Amish Life series and carries on with the Kinsinger family. You don't need to read the first book to enjoy this one, but you'll get more of a feel for the community and the family history if you have.
A sweet and gentle romance creeps up on Rebecca and Jacob, taking them by surprise. Both are struggling to find their way amidst family pressures. Jacob has set aside the vocation he loves in order to raise his brother's daughter. Rebecca is breaking away from the family business by volunteering at the school. Both must find a balance between duty, desire and God's will for their lives.
A story filled with the love, laughter and struggles that comes from being in relationship.
Book Nerd Alert: Ever since I read the Chronicles of Narnia when I was a kid, I have a certain weakness for fictional maps and -- woooohoooo -- A Daughter's Dream has a map of Charm, Ohio. I love the details, the sketches, the nod to Oscar the bulldog puppy.
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