Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Rebecca's Bouquet (Hope Chest of Dreams #1) by Lisa Jones Baker

Rebecca's Bouquet (Hope Chest of Dreams #1)

First in a new series
Three young Amish women, gifted with hand-carved hope chests to hold their treasures and their dreams for the future, find the inspiration they need to help them reconcile love and faith in the most unexpected ways…

The last thing Rebecca Sommer dreamed her plan to wed would bring is a heart-wrenching choice. She thought she and her betrothed, William, would spend the rest of their lives in Illinois’ heartland, raising a family in their close-knit Amish hometown. But when he must travel far out of state to save his ailing father's business, Rebecca braves her relatives' disapproval—and her own fears—to go work by his side. And though she finds herself ever more in love with the dedicated, resourceful man he proves to be, William’s growing interest in English ways may be the one challenge even her steadfast faith can't meet…

William knows he couldn't ask for a more loyal wife-to-be. And the bravery that helps Rebecca tackle every obstacle makes her even more admirable. He simply won't ask her to sacrifice her deepest beliefs, no matter how right they are for each other. But the patience and care that crafted Rebecca's hope chest is somehow showing them there's more than one way prayers can be answered—and hearts brought together forever...

“The prayers and faith are respectfully illustrated, and Baker emphasizes the conviction required to hold to Amish traditions while surrounded by 21st century conveniences, providing an unusual and welcome level of insight into the characters’ inner lives.” –Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

My Thoughts:
This book was so intriguing. From the very beginning I was hooked between Rebecca and William. I wondered if their time with Williams family would bring them closer together or further apart? Rebecca's Bouquet also made me very concerned when Rebecca received the death threats and I was shocked when the conflict was resolved. I fell in love with the story line between Rebecca and William. Their traditions of being Amish stood the test of time, despite being away from their loved ones back at home. I loved that Rebecca did not stray from her personal values, while William explored his opportunities. This book was a great balance between romance, mystery, suspense, faith and all of the culture values I love about the Amish community. If you love Amish books that are ground in faith, that will have you hooked and the pages turning, grab "Rebecca's Bouquet" which is the first book in the Hope Chest of Dreams by Lisa Baker. This was my first read by Ms. Baker and I enjoyed it. I cannot wait to read the second book. I give this book 5/5 stars. Thank you to author for providing me a complimentary copy for review. A favorable review was not required. 

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About the Author:
Lisa Jones Baker grew up near a small Amish town in Illinois that she frequented with her family on weekends. She's also a dog lover and a fan of Scottsdale, Arizona, where she spent nearly two decades. Lisa graduated from Illinois State University with a French major, has been on 5 out of 7 continents, and considers her parents the best in the world. Raised in a Christian home, Lisa has always been blessed with love and support.

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