Monday, February 27, 2017

Annie's Recipe (Hope Chest of Dreams #2) by Lisa Jones Baker

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.

About The Author

Lisa Jones Baker grew up near a small Amish town in Illinois that she frequented with her family on weekends. She's also a dog lover and a fan of Scottsdale, Arizona, where she spent nearly two decades. Lisa graduated from Illinois State University with a French major, has been on 5 out of 7 continents, and considers her parents the best in the world. Raised in a Christian home, Lisa has always been blessed with love and support.  

My Review
Annie has a dilemma that only she and maybe her soul mate and long lost friend Levi Miller can solve, and that is to leave her faith and marry Levi or loose him. You have to hope for the best for these two, and how to make a life changing decision, when Levi cannot think of returning to the Amish, especially after the shunning of his father.
What would I do or you? If we had to make a choice, and there is a lot more to the story than these two seem to think. Annie seems to have her family pulling her one way and Levi to his credit seems to give her time to think about her decision. He is also having a hard time with wanting Annie and what she would have to do to become his wife.
I loved that Rebecca came back into the story and tells what happened to her, we are then reminded of the first book in this series and what transpired there, and it does having a bit of baring on this story. You are in for a treat and more, especially when the recipe for the sponge cake appears at the end. Enjoy!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Kensington, and was not required to give a positive review.

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