Annie's Recipe (Hope Chest of Dreams #2)
by Lisa Jones Baker
Three young Amish women, each gifted with a hand-carved hope chest, find that one by one, with patience and faith, their most blessed dreams for the future can come true...
Annie Mast and Levi Miller were best friends until his father was shunned by the church. Now, ten years later, Levi has returned to Arthur, Illinois, for a brief visit, and he and Annie discover their bond is as strong as ever. Spending as much time together as possible, Annie finds herself dreaming of a future with Levi. And Levi is soon dreaming of building a home on a beautiful local hillside--to live in with Annie. Yet their longings are unlikely to become reality...
Levi is part of the English world, and while Annie cannot see herself there, she knows she must reveal her heart's truth to him. And Levi, strongly reminded of his Amish roots, knows he must heal the bitterness of the past. And together, with love on their side, they just may find their way to an answered prayer.
I have been anxiously waiting to sit down and write this review. Annie's Recipe is the second book I have read by Lisa Jones Baker and I know it won't be my last. First, I love the character depth that the reader gets to view as they get front row seats to Annie and Levi. While they were the best of childhood friends and then something happens, which I won't ruin, the reader is invited on a journey. One of the unique aspects of this book, is how strong willed and how much faith Annie has despite circumstances. I love that about her. I also am super fond of Sam and the gift that God has given him to create. The pages were fast for me on this one and I couldn't put it down once I had it in my hands. This book reads as a stand alone, but I loved hearing about Rebecca from the first book in the Hope Chest of Dreams. If you love a great Amish book that is faith based and a great read, pick up book by Ms. Baker, you'll love her books!
I was given a complimentary copy of this book of this book, but a favorable review was not required. I give this book 5/5 stars.
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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.