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?
Review: A Daughter’s Dream by Shelley Shepard Gray is an inspirational Christian novel. Here, I was able to meet one young woman whose dream was always to be a teacher. Yet, when helping out in a classroom, she felt defeated. Each passing day she felt like she couldn’t wait for the school day to end and when she’d get back to her family’s business again. While volunteering at the school, this young woman, Rebecca, has meet two new people. Jacob Yoder and his niece Lily. Lily is going through a rough patch…having just lost her parents, moving to a new school, and then…finding out that she’s super smart. Jacob, her uncle, has moved from Florida to take care of his niece as though she were his own daughter. However, he’s battling how to handle a teenage girl, farming with his father, and his own loss of his brother and Lily’s mom. Rebecca has also lost both her parents and one of her brothers left the family nest. Her other brother is taking over the lumber yard and they both are struggling with their loss. But A Daughter’s Dream isn’t just about struggling with loss and following one’s dreams, but also about finding the courage and love, to move forward in life.
Shelley Shepard Gray is indeed a talented writer. Her characters are easy to relate to when dealing with loss of a loved one and how hard it is to find what one is meant to do in life. Family and work are storng themes inside this beautifully well-written story. Family are there no matter what…like Rebecca’s bruder Lukas. He makes her laugh and smile and to know that everything will be okay. Then there’s the work at the family lumber yard that helps Rebecca, and her bruder, Lukas feel like they still are connected with their parents. The new blossoming love happening between Rebecca and the newly hired carpenter, Jacob Yoder had me on the edge of my seat waiting to see where the sparks would take them in their lives. In the background there’s the teenage love that brings back memories and had my heart melting. Lily and Peter are becoming fast good friends. Peter has helped Lily feel okay with her being so smart and liking school in a way that her other peers don’t. That and Peter really likes Lily. Where these new friendships and love take these believable characters is something that I loved reading about and highly recommend to others, to read. There is also trouble brewing on as well. Rebecca’s friend, Rachel, is pregnant and the school teacher. However, her husband wants her to stop teaching but she wants to continue teaching her students but then her and her husband are not really talking…this brilliant novel, also gave me an inside glimpse of marriage life and how lack of communication can affect the ones we love most.
Overall, A Daughter’s Dream intrigued and hooked me in from the beginning to end. I can’t wait to read more by Shelley Shepard Gray in the future. Her words are inspiring, sweet, and enchanting.