About the Book:
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?
About the Author:
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.
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What I Thought:
Shelley Shepard Gray is one of my favorite Amish fiction authors. I have read most, if not all, of her books, and have never been disappointed. A Daughter's Dream is the second book in her series The Charmed Amish Life. The first book, A Son's Vow, was a wonderful story, and A Daughter's Dream is as well! Sometimes, the subsequent books in a series can be not quite as good as the first book, but that is not the case here.
Both the Kinsinger and Yoder families are still grieving the loss of their family members. Jacob is new to Charm, and he and Rebecca felt an instant attraction when they met. As they each try to figure out God's plan for their lives, they become closer. They learn that what they thought was best for their futures is not necessarily God's path for them.
A Daughter's Dream was quick to draw me in. Shelley Shepard Gray has a way with characters that makes me feel like I know them personally. The story moved along at the perfect pace, so that I never wanted to put my book down! I look forward to the next book in the series!
At the back of the book are some bonuses:
*Meet Shelley Shepard Gray
*Letter from the author
*Questions for Discussion
*Granola Bar Recipe
* A Few Charming facts from Shelley Shepard Gray
*A Sneak Peek from the next book in the series, A Sister's Wish
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*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.