Friday, June 3, 2016

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A Daughter’s Dream by Shelley Shepard Gray
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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?

As we grow up we all have a dream of being something. It may be a dream to be a nurse, firefighter, doctor or even an author. For Rebecca her dream was to be a teacher. She wanted to teach children and watch their smiles as they learned their lessons each day. But alas, it was only a dream since she worked at the family's mill . She was a hard worker and was a very kind hearted person. She always tended to others needs and put her own aside. Her one bright spot in her day was the opportunity to volunteer at Charms Amish school house. What joy it brought her to be able to help at the school house.

Jacob has returned to Charm Ohio so he can be the guardian for his niece Lily. He also has come back to help his dad on the farm.  As he begins to work long hours on the farm and observes  how well he rebuilt a stall , his dad suggests he get a job working at the mill. I wonder who he will see there everyday at the mill?

I absolutely loved the story and felt surrounded by the characters as they came to life with the soft gracefulness of the authors writing. The story just flows so easily and really keeps your attention. Will Rebecca's dream ever come true? Will Jacob get up the courage to pursue Rebecca when he realizes his attraction to her? Sometimes we look for love everywhere, when it was right in front of us all along.

This is a  wonderful story that reminds us that sometimes our dreams aren't always what God has planned for us. The main characters will deal with conflict, decisions and find out that their talents are valuable and can be used in places they never considered before. Thank you for another exceptional story that I will remember for a long time.

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

Enter to win a copy of A Daughter’s Dream—five winners will be chosen! The winners will be announced June 8 on Shelley’s blog!

Shelley Gray
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.

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