EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Review: Rachel's Dream by Lisa Jones Baker
Hope Chest of Dreams #3
Lisa Jones Baker
Patience, faith--and the hopes and dreams within their hand-carved hope chests--help to bring three young Amish women, one by one, the blessed futures their hearts desire...Rachel Kauffman and Jarred Zimmerman seem to have nothing in common. She's the outgoing youngest of a large, close-knit Amish clan, and longs to raise a brood of her own near those she loves. Estranged from his family by tragedy, Jarred is a young veterinarian who trusts the animals he heals far more than he trusts people. However, when Rachel's beloved horse falls ill, Jarred's struggles to save him show Rachel he's a man who cares deeply. And the respect he feels for her gentle warmhearted ways soon becomes an irresistible bond...
When Rachel tries to help Jarred reunite with his parents, it is an unexpected blessing--with one complication. If he takes this chance to put his past to rest, it could separate him and Rachel for good. Now, with prayer, love--and her hope chest's small miracles--Jarred and Rachel must find the courage to reconcile their wishes into a joyous life together.
-Written with tenderness and simplicity.- --New York Times bestselling author Joan Wester Anderson, on Rebecca's Bouquet
Review: 4 stars
Let me start by saying I started with the last book in the series and will be reading this series backwards. I am so glad this series is a stand alone book series. Even though I know a little bit about the next book I have up to read Annie’s Recipe I am still eager to read it.
Rachel Kauffman is the youngest of a close-knit amish clan and the glass half full attitude thanks to an elderly man she is close to Old Sam. When her beloved horse Cinnamon falls ill, young vet Jarred Zimmerman struggles to save him. Jarred is struggling with his own demons, estranged from his family since the age of four when tragedy hits. He trusts the animals he heals far more than he trusts people. But with Rachel’s help will he begin to trust people once again or will the tragedy from his past not allow him.
Rachel’s Dream was a sweet tender romance, it was such a respite from some of the steamy romance books I have read. Once in awhile I love to pick up a nice sex-free romance it is so refreshing, that is what you get with Rachel’s Dream. Watching Rachel and Jarred’s relationship blossom from friendship to love without the hot steamy sex scenes was a delight. Rachel and Jarred each had their struggles with the direction their relationship was going but also they had their faith in God and let him guide their way. Once in awhile you just need to pick up a good inspirational book to rebuild your faith, and Lisa Jones Baker is now one of my go to authors when I did that.
I received a free copy from the author for my honest review!
Review by Mel