Friday, February 8, 2013

Review ~ A Home for Lydia by Vannetta Chapman

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Read an Excerpt here.

My Review

The last place Aaron Troyer wants to be is in Wisconsin, taking care of some cabins that were owned by his deceased uncle. He's a farmer after all, and wants to be farming with his dad in Indiana. When he arrives at the cabins, he finds them in disrepair and can't believe that his uncle would have let them end up in such a state. With his attitude being sour, will he even want to make a go of them for his widowed aunt, who is depending on them for income?

Lydia Fisher is the housekeeper and lone employee at the cabins and has been doing the best she could since Aaron's uncle died but obviously she needs some help. Guests don't stay after being at the cabins the first night and she isn't skilled enough to make some of the needed repairs. Along comes Aaron, with his surly attitude, and Lydia thinks he will close the cabins. She desperately needs this job as she helps support her parents since her dad became ill. How will she get along with Aaron and convince him to keep the cabins?

I loved this story! Aaron and Lydia are wonderful. They have such personality that they seem to jump right off the page. I could feel their aggravations, their struggles, their longings and their faith. Truly this community has a love for each other that is God sent. They are an encouraging representation of all that people should be toward one another. Kind, gentle, loving, forgiving, peaceful. Oh, they're not perfect. They have disagreements and misunderstandings, but the way they solve their problems is to be admired. Community and family are everything to them and they will do whatever it takes to help one another achieve their goals.

We are privileged to meet up again with beloved folks we've met in the past, see what's happening in their lives, and even get a glimpse of some possible future romances. I have to say the scene after church where Gabe and David are talking privately with Aaron and giving him some “girl” advice was great. It was so humorous and at the same time showed a deep respect between the men.

I realize this is a fictional story but surely it is based on some known reality that the author has about the Amish. At least I hope so! I want to know that there are people in this world who are like this, who are raised with these intrinsic values toward hearth and home. I highly recommend this book to Amish Fiction lovers.

I received a copy from Harvest House for review purposes only. I was not required to write a positive review, just my opinion of the book.

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About the Author

Vannetta Chapman

Vannetta Chapman has published more than 100 articles in Christian family magazines. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Vannetta is a multi-award-winning member of Romance Writers of America. She was a teacher for 15 years and currently resides in the Texas Hill country. Her first two inspirational novels—A Simple Amish Christmas and Falling to Pieces—were Christian Book Distributors bestsellers.

Have you read any of Vannetta’s books? If so, which one is your favorite?


  1. So glad you are writing reviews again!!!This is an author that I have never read.

  2. I haven't read any of her books -- but they look and sound like I would enjoy them. Thanks for the review Anne. :)

  3. I'll send my daughter to your reviews...she loves reading this type of book.

  4. It's always a pleasure to read Vannetta's books. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. God bless y'all!

  5. You are so good to find the great christian that about you! DID I tell you I am reading, The Measure of Katie Calloway? I am thoroughly enjoying it!

    1. I haven' read that one but I think I might need to check it out. You're not the first person to tell me it's a good one :)

  6. Hello Anne~ Thanks for your visit to my blog. I have not read any books by Ms. Chapman. Nice review- I like that you included a bit about the author! Happy Valentine's Day~

    1. I'm always interested in the authors of the books I read. Thanks for coming by today. I hope you have a great week!

  7. Oh, I see lots of new readers here! Thank you all for stopping by, and ANNE thank you for the review!

    1. You're welcome! I didn't realize so many hadn't read your books ;) Hopefully, that will be remedied soon. I actually signed up for the FIRST tour but went ahead and posted the review early. That way, you get two spotlights!

      Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to come by and leaving a comment.
      Have a great week!
      ~ Anne


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