Monday, June 6, 2016

A Daughter’s Dream by Shelley Shepard Gray Book Review

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?


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.
Find out more about Shelley at

My Thoughts:

A Daughter’s Dream” is the second book The Charmed Amish Life series. It can easily be read as a standalone book. I would personally recommend that you read the first book of the series “A Son’s Vow” which gives you the background information of the characters and the town. It would give you a better appreciation of the plot.

I was excited to read the second book in this series and to get reacquainted with the Kinsinger family and the town of Charm. Shelley Shepard Gray is an amazing writer who knows how to make the characters in her story tug at your heart. It was a page turner and I could hardly put it down.

We all have those childhood dreams but, sometimes they are just that-dreams. I know a person who is trying to peruse a childhood dream. This book made this story much more real. It’s hard when you seeing an impending disaster coming. Sometimes we are consumed beyond reasoning and it makes me sad that it is affecting the whole family. It makes me cringe because; sometimes it’s not what God wants us to do. The heart of the matter is how do we come to peace and accept that it’s just a dream and you’re not a failure if you don’t fulfill that dream.

In the story both Rebecca Kinsinger and Jacob Yoder come to accept that it not who God made them to be. They gracefully realize that and through it they find out what their real purpose is. They become fast friends due to the circumstances and find one another. 

I love all the characters other than the main characters like Lily, Peter, and Rachel. I always love it when a story takes you back to the former main characters so you can get a glimpse of them and what is going on with them.
I can’t wait to find out who the next book in the series will be about. I would highly recommend this series and any of the books by Shelley Shepard Gray. 

 Litfuse Publicity Group has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. In no way was I asked to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own

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