"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?" -Goodreads
It had been quite awhile since I read the first book in this series. I will have to go back and see some of the back story of Lydia again, but it wasn't really needed to pick up this second book in the series.
Lydia is a very strong character. She puts out a stubborn aura about her, making it very hard to befriend her. She has struggled since her Father's illness has left him unable to provide financially for the family, the burden resting on Lydia's shoulders. Her new role has forced her to grow up, and provide for her younger siblings, rather than seek out a husband and role in her own family. I think the harshness of her reality bogs her down and steals some of the joy that God wants her to have. She doesn't think she will ever be able to leave her family, and that she is depended on so heavily that she will be a spinster. When she meets Aaron, she is afraid she will lose her job because the state of the cabins. She is unable to care for them with as much as they need, Aarons' uncle having 'let them go' beyond her ability for repair. Aaron's situation causes him to be a bit grouchy as well, not wanting to be there, but rather be farming. Vannetta takes two characters, hardened a bit by life's curve balls, put them together and have them work through a difficult situation. The results could go either way. Fortunately for this story we see the characters grow and change in God, and become more the person he has designed them to be! Love how God makes a way, when there seems to be no way!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. You can visit Vannetta Chapman online at http://vannettachapman.com/