Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A DAUGHTER'S DREAM by Shelley Shepard Gray Interview, Giveaway & Review

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The Charmed Amish Life #2
Shelley Shepard Gray
Releasing May 24th, 2016
Avon Inspire

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?

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Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Hold Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.


Where are you from? I’m originally from Houston, Texas, but I’ve lived in Southern Ohio for seventeen years.
Tell us your latest news? My latest news is that I have a new book out! It’s called A Daughter’s Dream, and it’s the second book in my Charmed Amish Life Series.

When and why did you begin writing? I began writing in 1999. I was a sixth grade teacher and started writing a book during one of my lunch hours. I started writing because I’ve always loved to read. I never planned on getting published. I made up stories for fun.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? Oh! Great question! After we moved to Ohio, my husband convinced me to go to my first romance writers meeting. At the end of the meeting, Lori Foster was signing. She look up at me and asked what I wrote, even though I’d only finished one really bad manuscript. She made me realize that I needed to take my writing dream seriously. From then on, I called myself a writer, even though I didn’t sell a book for years after that.

What inspired you to write your first book? I always loved Harlequin romances. I wanted to be a published author like those authors. When I started writing inspirational romances, I wanted to share my faith in a non-preachy way. That was when my career took off.

Do you have a specific writing style? I write inspirational romances. I would have to say that my books lean towards being entertaining and fast-paced. I don’t add a lot of descriptions or long narrative sections.

How did you come up with the title? My editor and I came up with the four titles of The Charmed Amish Life together. I wanted the novels to center on four siblings who were trying to come to terms with a tragedy in their life. I love the title A Daughter’s Dream.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? As one might imagine, the theme of dreams and goals plays a significant role in the novel. One thing that I thought was important was that many characters’ dreams don’t come true. That happens to all of us at one time or another, I think.

How much of the book is realistic? I think all of the book is realistic. I did a lot of research on the lumber mill, Amish schools, and the Amish culture. And, of course, the faith element is something many inspirational romance fans will be able to relate to.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Though I’m not Amish, I have definitely had dreams and goals that didn’t happen…for good reasons. I realized that God had a different plan for me. So in that way, yes what happens in the book also happened to me.

What books have most influenced your life most? I could never name just one book. I love to read and usually read two to three books a week. I guess I would have to say that my love for libraries and bookstores influenced me the most. I loved having a place where I could pick up a book and soon be transported to another time and place.

What would you like my readers to know? That I’d love for them to give this series a try, even if they never thought they’d read an Amish romance. I’m really proud of these books. Oh! Readers can also find me on Facebook or visit my website, which is

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My Review:

A daughter's s dream by  Shelley Shapard Gray is about Rebecca Kingsingetr who has always wanted to be a teacher but when she starts to teach she has a lot of  problems. Then a farmer who has been taking care of his niece after her parents die enrolls his charge in school. Lily has just has her parents die and she really needs guidance. Jacob is her uncle and Rebecca starts to like him .Then Jacob starts to like her. Will they get together? Will Lily be upset or happy? I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for a review and these are my opinions. 

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