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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Review - Teacher's Plans by JoAnn Carter
Title: Teacher's Plans
Author: JoAnn Carter
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
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Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewed by: Mickey
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)
Teacher’s Plans is a charming story, a truly griping one that holds your attention with characters that inspire trust and cause the reader to feel empathy for them. While Tracy is eminently likable, we feel his conflict over hiding his identity from Amanda and their struggles to overcome the feelings of betrayal when all is revealed. I liked the author’s extensive use of Bible verse throughout the book; she manages to quote them in appropriate places to illustrate her point rather than as just a means of simply inserting scripture into the book randomly. This technique makes Teacher’s Plans truly inspirational, rather than merely G-rated romance fiction.
There are any numbers of secondary characters scattered throughout this book that could also be suitable candidates for their own stories, including some who help to add a little humor to the story. The grade school students also become an additional character with their own personality, separate from the individuals in the class itself. The story takes place over the school year, so we are able to actually see the growth of each character during that time period, both mental and spiritual, and to see how each person wrestles with their conscience and moral development. It is wonderful when you can read a book and find enjoyment in it and uncover life lessons as well. Teacher’s Plans is that book, one that can entertain and guide at the same time, certainly the best of both worlds.