Wednesday, June 1, 2016
A Daughter's Dream by Shelley Shepard Gray
From the publisher:
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?
This is the second book in The Charmed Amish Life series. You don't need to read the first one to understand or enjoy this one as it focuses on different characters. However, there are a few references that are more easily understood if you have read the previous book.
I resonated with both Rebecca and Jacob struggling to find where they belonged and to use the talents and gifts they have. I know many people find themselves in a job where they don't feel their gifts and talents are or in a situation where they thought they always wanted to be but then realize that it really isn't what they wanted. I think many will relate to the struggles of these characters.
There is a sweet story with two secondary characters that I will be interested in learning more about. I wish that a character from the first book had come back in this story because I feel her story wasn't finished yet, so I will be interested to see what happens in the rest of the series.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Posted by Beth-Anne