Rachel is the youngest child of a close Amish family. She dreams of someday having a large family of her own. Jarred was separated from his family at a young age and is now a veterinarian who feels more comfortable with animals than he does people. When her horse becomes ill, he tries to save the animal. Rachel realizes he is a caring man and the start of a relationship begins for the two of them. Will her dreams become a reality?
Review: Rachel’s Dream is the third book in Lisa Jones Baker’s Hope Chest of Dreams series. This is the first of her three books published that I have read. I feel this is a stand alone novel. I haven’t read the first two books of the series and had no trouble understanding who everyone was and what was going on.
In the story, I appreciated that the characters entrusted the health of Rachel’s horse, Cinnamon, to God. It is great to have a dream like Rachel’s, everyone has a dream or two they hope comes true. Jarred was gentle towards everyone he encountered, even his patients. But I still had trouble getting into this story fully for several reasons. Rachel seemed too young for Jarred to be interested in her romantically. Many words and phrases were repeated throughout the entire book. The physical actions of the characters were detailed (like how they threw their arms in the air) but the storyline lacked details to make aspects of it believable. The writing style, especially of Rachel’s point of view, would be better geared towards a teen audience.