Monday, February 27, 2017

Annie's Recipe (Book two in The Hope Chest of Dreams Series) by Lisa Jones Baker

I love it when I get to discover new writers and I love getting to share them with you!  With spring happening in February in Virginia and temperatures in the 70s I'm back in my favorite reading spot, the front porch swing with my glass of sweet tea enjoying some good books.

From the back:  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…

"She wanted to spend her life with one man.  And that very individual was the one person off-limits to her." 

Lisa Jones Baker writes a sweet and gentle novel about star crossed lovers Annie and Levi.  Levi's father was shunned and Levi feels bitter and betrayed.  Annie questions the church's practice of shunning throughout the story and tries to come to grips with her growing attraction to Levi and what to do about it.  

Annie confides in her diary and Sam, an elderly Amish gentlemen who carves special hope chests. Will Annie find a recipe for love or heartache?  Will Levi let go of past hurts and come to embrace a simpler lifestyle?  Will they trust in the creator's will for their ultimate good? 

If you are looking for a sweet and gentle read this is your book.  I truly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Lisa Jones Baker's books.  So pick up your copy of Annie's Recipe today and enjoy a great book.  Happy Reading!  

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