Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Rebecca's Bouquet

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BAKER, LISA JONES
REBECCA'S BOUQUET

Three young Amish women, gifted with hand-carved hope chests to hold their treasures and their dreams for the future, find the inspiration they need to help them reconcile love and faith in the most unexpected ways.

The last thing Rebecca Sommer dreamed her plan to wed would bring is a heart-wrenching choice. She thought she and her betrothed, William, would spend the rest of their lives in Illinois' heartland, raising a family in their close-knit Amish hometown. But when he must travel far out of state to save his ailing father's business, Rebecca braves her relatives' disapproval -- and her own fears -- to go to work by his side. And though she finds herself ever more in love with the dedicated, resourceful man he proves to be, William's growing interest in English ways may be the one challenge even her steadfast faith can't meet...

William knows he couldn't ask for a more loyal wife-to-be. And the bravery that helps Rebecca tackle every obstacle makes her even more admirable. He simply won't ask her to sacrifice her deepest beliefs, no matter how right they are for each other. But the patience and care that crafted Rebecca's hope chest is somehow showing them there's more than one way prayers can be answered -- and hearts brought together forever...

My Review:

Thanks to my library, I discovered this wonderful debut novel -- and a new-to-me inspirational imprint -- Zebra Inspirational Romance -- from Kensington Books. Double win heading for a triple because the next book in the series comes out in the spring. And I love the premise of this series -- the handcrafted hope chests that will hold special treasures unique to each heroine.

Rebecca is anchored in her faith as an Amish woman which gives her wisdom beyond her years. If I had to describe Rebecca in one word it would be 'steadfast'. She's immovable in her faith and in her love for William...but can she have both? That's what this story explores as Rebecca is thrust out of her comfort zone, far from home in an English world.

Love the continuous faith threads woven throughout this novel. So many gems to cherish. Like this one that comes from Old Sam: "Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps if you're not willing to move your feet." (p 12)

Sweet, tender and rife with strife -- a great blend for an Amish romance.

Giveaway Opportunity:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Rebecca's Bouquetplease leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoread AT yahoo DOT ca. If you post a comment and add your email address please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March 26 2017.  Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

31 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this cover. I adore flowers and this would be such a pretty book to read out by mine...if this weather would make up its mind. My daisies popped up early thinking it was spring and then the morning freezes burned them. Wahhh... Thank you for the lovely review and a chance to win an equally lovely book!

    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hope your daisies come back. I think they should...just might be later than they normally would have bloomed. Good luck, Diana.

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    2. Since they bloom continuously from spring til the 1st frost in the fall, hopefully they'll make a comeback, Kav. Unless they're now terrified to pop their little heads up above the ground. haha

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  2. Cool cover and new author for me thanks. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I believe this is her debut novel. Good luck, Kim.

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  3. Love that gem you shared. Thank you.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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  4. I love Amish fiction and this series reminds me of the hope chest my fiance surprised me with the Christmas before we were married. It's been with us through 38 years of marriage and has been a symbol of our commitment to each other. I would love to read this book. Thank you, Kav!

    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. Oh, that's beautiful, Diane!!!! Sniffle. You're living in your own romance novel. Good luck.

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  5. Sounds like a lovely story. The hand carved chests sound so interesting. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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  6. Sounds like a good one! Thank you, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  7. Oh my, this sounds like a wonderful story, one I don't want to miss out on. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Wendy. Good luck.

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  8. I love it when there are debut authors in Amish fiction! Beautiful cover too!
    pbclark(at)netis(dot)net

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    1. Me too. so exciting. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  9. 😍 Very pretty cover and a new to me author whose book sounds great. Thank you for the chance to win. iamabho (@) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Isn't lovely and spring???? I wish it was the same outside! Good luck, Linda.

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    2. Right LOL 🌷🌸🌹🌺🌻🌼🌞

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  10. You chose a great author to read, Kav. She was a new to me author before I read her book Annie's Recipe (Hope Chest of Dreams #2)in January. I loved the book and look forward to reading more by her. Thank you for the giveaway chance. Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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    1. Oh, wow, I didn't know the second book was out already. Thanks for the tip. I'm excited about this author. Good luck, Deanne.

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  11. I know, it's a lot to keep up with. Number 2 released February 28 and number 3 releases April 25. She is a fun author to read.

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    1. wow -- I like that she releases them so close together though. Thanks for the info.

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    2. It makes it easier to remember the stories this way. Nothing worse than having to wait like a year between books in a series. Well maybe not having chocolate while you're reading could be worse :)

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  12. I love this cover! I'm looking forward to checking out a new author. It sounds like I will need to add her books to my tbr stack. Thanks for the review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. You're welcome, Donna. good luck.

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  13. I love that quote! Amish fiction is one of my favorite genres to read. Would love to win this book.

    duhpaynes(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I adore Amish books too. Good luck, Anne.

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  14. This is definitely my type of read! Thanks for your review and the giveaway opportunity.

    melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

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    1. You're welcome, Melody. Good luck.

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