This story is so much more than just an Amish romance, though it is that also. Rebecca and Jacob are still struggling to figure out their lives; what they want to do and what they should do. This is a struggle that many people have to make. Should you follow a dream or not and what happens if the dream isn’t what you think it is. This struggle comes across beautifully. And, life in Charm comes alive with all the characters and all the interactions. There is so much going on that soon it feels as if you are part of the town. Better still, it’s so much fun reading about a budding romance while juggling family responsibilities. I really enjoyed this story and loved that while this story stands alone it also shares what is going on with all the great characters you met in the first book. I think everyone will be able to connect with the problems and the characters and be able to reflect on their decisions within their own lives. Now, to wait for the next book in this series and to see what is going to happen next in Charm!
Rebecca has always dreamed of being a teacher instead of working in her family mill. She volunteers as often as she can there but she doesn’t always do as well as she thought she would. Jacob has moved to his parent’s farm to help raise his 13 year old niece. He has no experience in farming or children but he wants to do right by his niece. Lily has lost her parents and isn’t sure where her life is going. Rebecca feels the need to help Lily but Lily isn’t won over easily. Jacob is drawn to Rebecca but he’s in no position to be courting. Dreams and life will change everyone but can these three come up with a solution that will work for all of them?
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?