Saturday, January 25, 2014

A Home for Lydia

Author: Vannetta Chapman
Publisher: Harvest House
February 2013
ISBN: 978-0736946148
Genre: Amisih

A Home for Lydia, the second book in a new romantic series from popular author Vannetta Chapman, centers again on the Plain community of Pebble Creek and the kind, caring people there. As they face challenges to their community from the English world, they come together to reach out to their non-Amish neighbors while still preserving their cherished Plain ways.

Aaron Troyer simply wants to farm like his father and grandfather before him. But instead he finds himself overseeing the family's small group of guest cabins nestled along the banks of Pebble Creek. That also means he must work with the cabins' housekeeper, Lydia Fisher.

Lydia is the most outspoken Amish woman Aaron has ever met, and she has strong opinions about how the guest cabins are to be run. She also desperately needs this job. Though sparks fly between boss and employee at first, when the cabins are robbed, nothing is more important to Aaron than making sure Lydia is safe.

Together they work to make the vacation property profitable, but can they find out the identity of the culprit before more damage is done? And is Lydia's dream of a home of her own more than just a wish and a prayer?

A HOME FOR LYDIA is the second book in Ms. Chapman’s Pebble Creek series. Readers will want to read A Promise for Miriam first as Miriam and her husband (and daughters) are prominent point of view characters in A HOME FOR LYDIA.

Aaron Troyer is angry to be the one to have to come to Wisconsin to make sure his uncle’s property is fixed up and sold or managed. He wishes someone else would’ve been chosen, especially when he arrives to meet hot tempered Lydia and the run-down cabins. The scenery is beautiful, but does nothing to ease Aaron’s unhappiness or Lydia’s temper. When the two meet, sparks fly, and they have to learn to work together and to get along as Lydia is the house-keeper there and Aaron, her boss.

The book is very well-written. I could feel Aaron’s discontent from the very first pages. I felt for him having to be somewhere and do things he’d rather not. I liked him, and hoped he’d find some contentment in his current situation. Lydia took a bit more exposure to like, as she had a bad attitude and temper to match it and didn’t seem to care. It was great to catch up with Gabe and Miriam from the first book A Promise for Miriam again. I’m looking forward to reading A Wedding for Julia. If you  like Amish fiction then be sure to pick up A HOME FORY LYDIA. An excerpt from A Wedding for Julia is included at the end of the book. 352 pages. $13.99. 4 stars. 

1 comment:

Vannetta Chapman said...

Thank you for the kind review, Laura. I'm glad you enjoyed Lydia's story. All the books in this series are on sale for less than the cover price … and there are 2 free novellas to go with it as well (ebook form only).