My only complaint about A Daughter's Dream is that it wasn't longer! I picked up this book to take with me when I knew I would have to wait at an appointment. I ended up reading during nap time and at bedtime in order to finish it in a single day.
A Daughter's Dream is the second book in The Charmed Amish Life series. I reviewed A Son's Vow a few months ago, and it was nice to see many of the same characters, as well as meet some new ones. I was surprised that this book did not follow the couple that I assumed would be the next book at the end of A Son's Vow. Instead, we meet Jacob, who is not only new to Charm, but new to parenting, as well, as he's just taken on his 13 year old niece after the death of her parents. Jacob meets Rebecca, who is one of two younger sisters of Lucas, who we got to know in A Son's Vow.
Author Shelley Shepard Gray made me chuckle in some parts, like when the schoolteacher tells Jacob that his niece is gifted and he replies, "I've always thought being smart was a gut thing." Clearly, he expected the teacher to tell him Lilly was in some sort of trouble when she asked to meet with him. She also threw out a zinger that made me really think in another part: It was so easy to think that each day was going to be like the one before and the next one, too. Before you knew it, another week had passed, then a month. And if you weren't careful, you would have nothing to show for it. Ouch.
Lilly settles into her new life with relative ease, and makes friends (both male and female) at school, and even with her tutor from the (non-Amish) high school.
I enjoyed Rebecca and Jacob getting to know each other in this book, and the teaser for the next book, A Sister's Wish, makes me anxious to read that one, too, when it comes out in September.
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