Litfuse Blog Tour: A Daughter's Dream by Shelley Shepard Gray
|A Daughter's Dream|
by Shelley Shepard Gray
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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Continuing with characters we first met in A Son's Vow, A Daughter's Dream once again brings together the families of Charm, Ohio. This time we're following Rebecca on her quest to find her purpose in life. What she thinks is her calling and dream, turns out to be a stepping stone to the realization that she's where she was meant to be all along.
Rebecca's story isn't very fast paced nor is it full of twists and turns. Rather A Daughter's Dream is what I would label as a sweet, everyday romance. Even though she's Amish, we readers can relate to her -- struggles at work, feeling a little unfulfilled, hoping to catch the attention of that special someone someday. To put it plainly ( no pun intended), she could be any of us, she's just wearing a bonnet. That said, I was kind of expecting a little more in the way of drama, more of a sort of "Come to Jesus" moment for her to liven the story up a bit, but it just doesn't happen.
Gray's books still are some of the best Amish stories I've read and I'll forever be a fan. Her stories were some of the first I read waaaay back when before I started this blog. For me to stick with an author for so long, you know they have to be pretty fabulous. My taste in books changes like the wind these days! Give her books a go if you are looking for an escape from the daily grind and a taste of the simple life.
~ My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ~