Rebecca's Bouquet

Rebecca's Bouquet

by Lisa Jones Baker

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“Written with tenderness and simplicity.” —Joan Wester Anderson, New York Times bestselling author

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' disapproval—and her own fears—to go work by his side. And though she finds herself ever more in love with the dedicated, resourceful man he proves to be, William’s 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 answered—and 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420141580
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Series: Hope Chest of Dreams Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 459,260
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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. She enjoys hearing from readers via email at

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Rebecca's Bouquet 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
Insomnia? or is it just that this book was so good, so compelling and interesting that I simply HAD to stay awake and keep reading to the very last word? I love finding a book that is draws me in so quickly that I want to read it so badly. Like Rebecca, I remember being 18 and so in love that I simply couldn't imagine the thought of being away from the man that I loved and planned to marry. It just feels heartbreaking and unbearable. Loyalty to the father William feels deserted him over 10 years ago leads him to move to Indiana to help his father after he becomes ill and can't operate the cabinet shop he owns and runs. Rebecca decides that she must go with William and help his father and stepmother as well. This loyalty and their subsequent move will threaten the life they have planned in their Illinois' Amish community. Readers will be anxious to read to discover what happens with William and Rebecca. There will be surprises for readers along the way, for sure and certain. I am rating this book 5 ***** stars. I highly recommend it to readers. This book would be appropriate for teenagers as well as adults. There is no sexual content in this romance. I received an ebook of this selection from netgalley and Zebra Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to post a positive review.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
First book in the Hope Chest of Dreams series, Author Lisa Jones Baker does a great job of showing that adults can stay true to their beliefs, even when helping people who believe differently than they do. We see the human side of William and Rebecca as they struggle with decisions that will affect the rest of their lives. A clean romance with a bit of a mystery thrown into the story, the outcome was not at all what I expected. You’ll keep turning the pages to find out who done it! I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Rebecca’s Bouquet (Hope Chest Dreams -Book 1 ) By: Lisa Jones Baker Rebecca’s 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 Rebecca’s 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. William’s 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 Rebecca’s 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.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Rebecca’s Bouquet by Lisa Jones Baker is the first book in Hope Chest of Dreams. Rebecca Sommer is eighteen years old and engaged. Her fiancé, 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 fiancé for several months and decides to go with him (despite objections). Rebecca’s family object because Williams father’s, Daniel is Englisch. Daniel left the faith when he married his second wife, Beth. Rebecca understands their concerns, but she refuses to leave her fiancé 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 Rebecca’s 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 (William’s 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? Rebecca’s 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 William’s 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 Rebecca’s 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.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This 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 Rebecca’s 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 I’m 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.
faithsnana More than 1 year ago
Rebecca Sommer and William Conrad had grown up together in Arthur, Illinois and were planning to marry. Daniel Conrad, William’s 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 William’s 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? They’d 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 Beth’s BMW. One of Daniel’s 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? Rebecca’s Bouquet is the first book I’ve read by Lisa Jones Baker. I enjoyed this story and plan to read more of this author’s books. I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good read. Did not won't to put it down