Monday, January 19, 2015

#REVIEW: "A Home for Lydia, The Pebble Creek Amish #2" by Vannetta Chapman

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 Take:
This is one of my favorite Vanetta Chapman novels to date! It was very enjoyable! I have to admit I noticed on Goodreads I read this book and finished it on February 26th, 2013, and I forgot to write this review! That was a serious oversight! I'll admit, though, liking this book as much as I did, it was kind of nice writing the review and visiting Pebble Creek, Wisconsin, again! There is a point to my telling you this, too, and this shows you how much this novel stood out with me so much so that now, almost 2 years later, I can still remember every detail in this book and write this review!
So this book picks up where Book One ends, “A Promise for Miriam: The Pebble Creek Amish Book One”. You do not need to read these in order to enjoy these books, it’s just a little neat to have some of the other characters from the previous books make reappearances as with any series of books, but really this book can be read as a standalone all on it's own. 
Aaron has now come back here to Wisconsin after he learns his Uncle has passed away left him these cabins to run. This is not something he loves to do as farming is his first love, but he can’t farm right now as he must get these cabins ready to rent out to the English who like to vacation the 'simple way'. What he was not planning on was Lydia still working at the cabins. He feels she didn’t she got much work done, so at first Aaron was kind of rude to Lydia. He really undermined her ability to work, which really bothered Lydia, too. Lydia was lucky in that she got to work with one other character I just loved, and that was nine year old Grace, daughter of Miriam and Gabe's. She worked closely with Lydia, and Lydia did as much as she could for her, too. Later, after Aaron started working on the cabins in disrepair and getting them ready for the English, too, it was then he realized maybe he was a little harsh on Lydia as he learned there was a LOT of work to do with those cabins. Lydia really did enjoy cleaning, decorating, and getting the cabins ready a lot more than she ever would have thought she would have liked, and she really stood up for herself against Aaron, too! I really liked how everyone worked together to make it happen to be the success they all wanted for the cabins. This did end up bringing Lydia and Aaron closer together at the same time, too. All of a sudden a lot of ruckus happens and some things and some of their money is stolen. Now they have to figure out who did it because Lydia does not want it to happen again. (Leave it to this author to throw in a little mystery here in her stories!) Lydia steps in here and does a great job of trying to figure out just who and how they did it. In the meantime, you’ll have to pick this one up to read to find out if anything further happens between Lydia and Aaron! I received this book for FREE from the publisher, Harvest House Publisher through NetGalley in exchange to read and write a review about it. It is NOT required for this review to be either positive or negative, but of my own honest opinion. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to read this book nor to write this review, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255,
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