Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Book Review: "A Daughter's Dream," by Shelley Shepard Gray ~ Plus a Giveaway!

About the book:
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, she finds his good looks and easygoing temperament hard to ignore. How can she even entertain romantic thoughts of Jacob when his niece is her student?

Now Lilly's sole guardian, Jacob Yoder never thought he'd be a single parent. Knowing his niece needs as much support as she can get, Jacob is pleased when Rebecca reaches out to her. And as Lilly develops a bond with her, Jacob's fondness for the pretty teacher grows, too.

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?

My thoughts:
This is a sweet romance between two people who have a lot in common. Both are grieving for family members who died recently, and both are struggling to find the type of work they were meant to do. Even though they both wonder if this is the best time to pursue a relationship, they can't help seeking out each other's company and confiding their troubles to each other. They also share the goal of helping Jacob's niece fit in at her new school and recover from the death of her parents. I really enjoyed watching their relationship unfold, as well as getting to know the other people in their close Amish community. Shelley Shepard Gray has written another winner!

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 Loveland, Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail. Visit her at, or on Facebook or Twitter.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my review but all opinions are 100% my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

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