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Friday, June 19, 2009

Teacher’s Plans by JoAnn Carter

Teacher’s Plans by JoAnn Carter
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Genre: Inspirational/Contemporary
Length: Full (208 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Orange Blossom

When Amanda Manning, an exhausted, short-handed special education teacher, is given an assistant, things don't turn out as she planned. Her new assistant is anything but what Amanda expected—most strikingly, a male.

Tracy Atkins secured a job as a teacher's assistant, but will he be able to secure the hand of the woman he is falling in love with? Especially when she finds out about the secret he is hiding?

Come join their adventure as both Amanda and Tracy learn that God's plans are far better than their own. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Sweet and endearing, Teacher’s Plans, is a book worth reading.

Amanda is a hardworking special ed. teacher who isn't sure she can go another year. It wears on her so. Enter the new teaching assistant Tracy whom Amanda had assumed was a woman. Boy is she surprised when she comes face to face with this fascinating man. It doesn't take long for Tracy to fall for the sweet school teacher with a heart for God but also her small charges. Though Amanda feels the building attraction between them she knows dating a co-worker could be detrimental in the work place especially when she is the superior.

Tracy really is a mystery to the readers as well as Amanda. I mean, what is his story? What was this company he was working for previously? And why does this grown man wish to work as a teaching assistant? It can't pay hardly anything. But Tracy holds a secret. And this secret may tear him and Amanda apart just as they were finally gaining some ground together.

The author depicts the life of a school teacher quite realistically. From personal experience, I know that it is a tireless and often thankless job. Amanda is just very sweet and dedicated. Is it any wonder Tracy falls for her?

The romance is slow in going as the book progresses through each month of the year. It was interesting to see how this teacher goes through a school year in teaching, but I wish the plot had been a bit more active in catapulting the romance along.

Teacher’s Plans was a terrific little story. The secondaries like Amanda’s friend Carolyn really added to the overall effect. All these characters seemed very real—like ones you might meet in your daily life. The book will leave you will a warm feeling inside. I’m glad I read it and I hope you will too.