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Rebecca's Bouquet #1, Hope Chest of Dreams series, by Lisa Jones Baker
Rebecca Somers thought she would spend the rest of her life in the heartland of Illinois raising a family in a close Amish community with William. She reluctantly goes with him and works by his side when he must travel out of state to save his ailing father's business. William respects her for making this sacrifice with her deepest beliefs and feels no matter how right they are for each, he does not want ask her to be his wife and not fulfil her dreams of having a family in an Amish community?
Publication Date: 2016
Series: Hope Chest of Dreams
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' disapprovaland her own fearsto go work by his side. And though she finds herself ever more in love with the dedicated, resourceful man he proves to be, Williams 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 answeredand 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
LizD1ALGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Rebecca's BouquetJune 6, 2017LizD1ALGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Rebeccas Bouquet (Hope Chest Dreams -Book 1 )
By: Lisa Jones Baker
Rebeccas Bouquet is book one in Hope Chest Dreams series by Lisa jones Baker. This was my first to read of Ms Baker, and hopefully it will not be my last. I Plan on reading the others in this series. I really did enjoy Rebeccas Bouquet. The author captured me right at the start and I was hooked. This was one of those page turners and I could not read fast enough to see what was going to happen next, I did not want to put it down. The story and the characters both were well written and well developed. I loved Rebecca and though that she was very wise for her years. Rebecca knows that she and Williams are meant to be together. Their faith is truly tested in this story. Williams father had a heart attack and he wants to go and help him and his wife out. Rebecca goes with him. They leave their Amish homes to go into the English home. William loved the fancy car and TV. There is some other mystery in this story that will keep you guessing . Ms Baker weaves a story filled with hurt, love, forgiveness, and second chances. I love that Rebeccas faith was strong . Sometimes what we want is not what God has planned for us. I love the spiritual threads that are throughout the story.
I was given a complimentary copy off this book , but was not told that I had to give a positive review.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Sweet, tender and rife with strifeMarch 22, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Thanks to my library, I discovered this wonderful debut novel -- and a new-to-me inspirational imprint -- Zebra Inspirational Romance -- from Kensington Books. Double win heading for a triple because the next book in the series comes out in the spring. And I love the premise of this series -- the handcrafted hope chests that will hold special treasures unique to each heroine.
Rebecca is anchored in her faith as an Amish woman which gives her wisdom beyond her years. If I had to describe Rebecca in one word it would be 'steadfast'. She's immovable in her faith and in her love for William...but can she have both? That's what this story explores as Rebecca is thrust out of her comfort zone, far from home in an English world.
Love the continuous faith threads woven throughout this novel. So many gems to cherish. Like this one that comes from Old Sam: "Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps if you're not willing to move your feet." (p 12)
Sweet, tender and rife with strife -- a great blend for an Amish romance.
The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5First book in Hope Chest of Dreams series!October 10, 2016The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Rebeccas Bouquet by Lisa Jones Baker is the first book in Hope Chest of Dreams. Rebecca Sommer is eighteen years old and engaged. Her fianc, William Conrad needs to leave town. His father has suffered a heart attack and needs William to run the cabinet business while he is out. Rebecca does not wish to be away from her fianc for several months and decides to go with him (despite objections). Rebeccas family object because Williams fathers, Daniel is Englisch. Daniel left the faith when he married his second wife, Beth. Rebecca understands their concerns, but she refuses to leave her fianc for that length of time. The Bishop gives Rebecca an assignment to complete while she is away (three tasks). William and Rebecca are in for some new experiences. Daniel has a modern household. They have contemporary appliances, air conditioning, a car, and, of course, a television. William takes to these modern inventions quickly (especially likes ESPN). Their short visit gets extended when Daniel has a setback. Then Rebeccas starts receiving threatening notes. Someone is not happy that Rebecca is visiting and wants her to leave. But Rebecca refuses to be frightened away. She is determined to help Daniel and Beth (Williams stepmother). Then Daniel offers William a partnership in the cabinet business. William is tempted by this better way of life, but Rebecca would never give up her Old Order Amish roots. Will William and Rebecca return to their community or will they be lured away by the Englisch lifestyle?
Rebeccas Bouquet was lacking. Rebecca came across as a goody two shoes! She was too perfect and, after a while, really got on my nerves. The same issues are rehashed over and over throughout the book. It made the story tiring and boring. It is basically about the choice that William and Rebecca have to make (well, really just Williams because Rebecca will not change). There was too much of Rebecca and William thinking, contemplating, and deciding instead of the story moving forward (having some substance). The ending is abrupt and predictable. I was very disappointed. The book needed more substance to bring it alive. I give Rebeccas Bouquet 3 out of 5 stars. This will not stop me from trying a Lisa Jones Baker book in the future. This was just a first book. I am hoping there will be significant improvement in the next book in Hope Chest of Dreams series.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Remaining AmishSeptember 28, 2016MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This is the first book in a new series about a carved hope chest given by Sam, an Amish wood carver with a lot of wisdom, and the first box goes to Rebecca as she begins her journey.
Rebecca is sure of one thing and that is that William Conrad are meant for each other, so when a call comes for William that his father has had a heart attack and needs him to come to Indiana, she know she must go with him.
Leaving their Amish community and support and heading into the English world has to be a very big shock and eye opener for them. Turn on a TV and sit back in air conditioning, and William seems to be accepting of these great comforts, while Rebecca loves the modern laundry room, and adores the kitchen with all its conveniences and gadgets.
Then a number of threats against Rebeccas life are received, and she is going back home, will William stay and embrace the English comfortable life, or will he go back to Arthur Illinois and his Community.
The answers are here, and you are going to be page turning to get to all the answers. There are two more books to come and Im looking forward to reading each of them.
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Kensington, and was not required to give a positive review.
Lorraine AAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Rebecca's BouquetSeptember 27, 2016Lorraine AAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Rebecca Sommer and William Conrad had grown up together in Arthur, Illinois and were planning to marry.
Daniel Conrad, Williams father, married outside the faith and left the community but, because his deceased wife wanted their son to remain Amish, he left William to be raised by an Aunt and Uncle. Many years later when a heart attack kept Daniel from finishing his orders at his cabinet shop, he needed Williams help.
Rebecca decided her place was working in the cabinet shop alongside William so she made the trip to Indiana with him. It was temporary right? Just until Daniel got on his feet? Theyd go, get the orders finished, Daniel would be back to work, and they would go home.right?
Read about the obstacles that fell in their path. Daniel and his wife Beth were English. William liked the air conditioning, television and other things in the house and Beths BMW. One of Daniels best customers was English. He had a daughter that seemed to like William, Rebecca feared. Daniel wanted William to become his business partner. Rebecca became friends with an Amish girl that delivered eggs to the house. Katie seemed a good friend at first.
Do William and Rebecca go home to Arthur or does he talk her into living English and remaining in Indiana?
Rebeccas Bouquet is the first book Ive read by Lisa Jones Baker. I enjoyed this story and plan to read more of this authors books.
I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.