A Home for Lydia – Vannetta Chapman


About this book

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?

My Review

This was a surprisingly enjoyable read for me. I don’t consider myself a “fan” of Amish fiction, so I was surprised when I received this book. However, I tried to read it with an open mind and found I it was worthwhile. Here’s why?

The characters were strong and interesting. Lydia was a hard working and faithful to provide for her family. The spoke her mind and backed up her words with actions. Aaron was cranky early on because he didn’t want to be Wisconsin helping family he didn’t know when his fields needed to be planted. Over the course of the story it was a joy to watch him change. My favorite character was Gabe Miller, although not a primary character in this story his quick wit and humor added a great deal to the story.

The story itself was good. I think the thing I liked the most about the story is the reminder that sometimes God puts in situations and places that are outside our comfort zone. He does it for a reason bigger than ourselves.

This is a book two in a series. I didn’t read book one but I didn’t feel lost with book two. There are references to things that happened to Gabe’s daughter from the first book that made me wonder, but didn’t impact this story.

DisclaimerI did receive this book from the publisher, but was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.


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Vital Stats
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publish Date: February 1, 2013
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0736946144
ISBN-13: 978-0736946148
Author’s Website: http://vannettachapman.com/

The Give Away

I have a copy of this book that I will give away on April 30 to one randomly drawn name. So leave a comment and thanks for stopping by!

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16 thoughts on “A Home for Lydia – Vannetta Chapman”

  1. You have done a very good review explaining why the characters are people a person would like to get to know. Thank you! That was a review of a review, LOL!

    Thanks for entering me in the contest.

    Blessings, Janice jsmithg(at)hotmail(dot)com

  2. I haven’t read Amish fiction either. I wasn’t sure I would get into it even though I love historical fiction. I’ve wanted to try one but haven’t gotten one to try yet. This one sounds good though. It sounds like it has a good story line beside just being about Amish people so it sounds interesting.

  3. I love reading Amish fiction and I have read some of Vannetta’s books. I really enjoy reading her books. Would love to win a copy of A Home for Lydia. Thank you for the chance.
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

  4. This was a very good review. I am glad you liked it. Vannetta is a great person and author. I got to meet her in person. I want very much to win this book. I have the first part of the story and now need this one to continue the story. Thanks for this chance to win it. God bless.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  5. Thank you for the review of Vannetta’s book. I haven’t read any of her books, yet, but this one sounds interesting. I would love to win it. If I do, I think I’d like to get the first book and read it first. Thanks!

  6. We have Vannetta’s books in the church library. I would love to win this book to add to our collection.
    Thanks!

Welcome! I appreciate your thoughts!