Rachel's Dream

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Rachel's Dream

Hope Chest of Dreams, #3

“Rachel’s Dream” is the third book in the Hope Chest of Dreams series by Lisa Jones Baker. It is an Amish tale about a young woman who has dreams of her own. She is usually involved in some sort of mishap and makes her parents crazy with her devotion to animals. The Amish consider animals just to be a help to the home and farm, not to be loved and cherished as Rachel does.

Rachel’s horse Cinnamon is ill with a serious virus and she is scared that her father wants to put the horse down since she is no longer of any use. Rachel enlists the help of a young veterinarian who trained with someone from their area. Dr. Jarred Zimmerman had one step in the English world and one step in the Amish world. He cared deeply for animals and eventually wanted to set up a foster stable for horses and other animals. He does everything he can think of to help Rachel’s horse, even going so far as to offering to take the horse if Rachel’s father decides to put her down.

This is a very nice Amish romance. While there are conditions to consider, such as, an Amish girl cannot marry outside the religion, and other setbacks, Rachel and Jarred work together to pull her horse through and not to go against her father’s wishes. I thought that Ms. Baker wrote a very sweet novel…one that you can cuddle up with.

Book Blurb for Rachel's Dream

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.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2017 3.50