5/27/2016

A Charmed Life? Book Review



About the Book:


A Daughter's Dream (Avon Inspire, May 2016)

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?

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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.


What are other reviewers saying? 

My Thoughts:
Anyone who knows me, knows I look for the irony in things. It is just how I am made, so I find it really ironic, that this series is called The Charmed Amish Life. This is a great story, because it does tend to take out the "fable" that the Amish have perfect lives. They are human, just like the rest of us, and their lives have flaws too. I love that Shelley gives us a realistic look at Rebecca's life. Rebecca is chasing her dream to be a teacher while her brother is  wrapped up in running the family business. Lukas was so involved with his own agenda, he never realized that his sister had a dream. This is life people. We all do that, get wrapped up in what is going on with us, and forget there are others with dreams and expectations too. I really did enjoy how this story brought that to light. Shelley's books are always entertaining and fun to read and this was no exception. Charm, Ohio is a sweet little town with a lot of fun people that we met in the first book of this series, and new ones are introduced to us too. Jacob and Lilly added to the town, just goes to show us how a few people can change us for the better. Don't miss book two of this series, it will stand alone, but it is more fun to read the whole series. (There I gave you a reason to buy another book :-)) 4 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was provided for this review. Be sure to click on the graphic at the top of the post for information about the giveaway. 


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