A Home for Lydia (Pebble Creek Amish Series #2)

A Home for Lydia (Pebble Creek Amish Series #2)

by Vannetta Chapman


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ISBN-13: 9780736946148
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2013
Series: Pebble Creek Amish Series , #2
Pages: 335
Sales rank: 422,936
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her novel Falling to Pieces was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist. A Promise for Miriam earned a spot on the June 2012 Christian Retailing Top Ten Fiction list. Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full time. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband. For more information, visit her at www.VannettaChapman.com

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A Home for Lydia 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
DJMynatt More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy plot twists and turns, you’ll love A Home for Lydia! Vannetta writes such interesting stories, I get lost in them… and usually stay up way past my bedtime, because they’re so hard to put down! My daughter wasn’t surprised in the least when she found me reading in bed, and this morning noticed that I left the book lying on the table when I left for work. As I was going out the door, she remarked, “you stayed up late and finished it, didn’t you?” Of course I did; especially this story! I love reading Vannetta’s mysteries, but this one caught me by surprise more than once! I’d love to say more, but I refuse to reveal any of the juicy details in my review. But when you find a story so entertaining, so engrossing… well, you know what I mean; you lose yourself in it and don’t come up for air until you’re done! There’s so much I’d love to mention that it’s difficult to review the story without revealing too much; let me assure you, this book is remarkable and you won’t want to put it down until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
I was glad this story included a hefty dose of the Miller family - Gabe, Miriam, Grace and baby Rachel are so easy to love - because I felt uncomfortable with the immaturity I saw in the main characters, Aaron and Lydia. Both are wrapped up in themselves, and resentful of anyone who gets in their way. Aaron doesn't want to be in Pebble Creek (where he is helping a recently widowed aunt), and Lydia sees his arrival as interfering with her job and her emotions. They seem to spend much of their time arguing - and yet, it is obvious they will fall for each other. Slowly their relationship builds, through the challenge of doing mundane chores and facing danger together.. As in each of Chapman's books, these young people begin to examine themselves honestly and come to appreciate the life God has given them. In turn, I began to appreciate them more as individuals, too - and I look forward to seeing more of them in the next book in this delightful series.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Pebble Creek Amish Series. Aaron Troyer wants to be a farmer. He has planned to be a farmer his whole life. When his dream seems to be within reach, he must journey to a distant community and help his newly widowed aunt with the management of some Plain Cabins. Lydia Fisher cleans and helps manage the cabins. She desperately needs this job to help support her family. Lydia and Aaron are both headstrong and find themselves at odds right from the beginning. This book is really good. I enjoy the way the attraction builds between the two characters. There is also some mystery and a touch of danger thrown in! Can Lydia and Aaron really end up together? Or will Aaron’s desire to return to his home and farming spell an end to any possible relationship. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, A Wedding for Julia.
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
I love reading Vannetta's books. And this one didn't disappoint, nor did I expect it to. This books begins with Aaron Troyer going to Wisconsin to take care of some cabins that are in disrepair after the death of his uncle. He comes to fix them up, make sure that the property is in good order before he returns home to Indiana. After all, he's a farmer and he doesn't really care for this type of work. He comes only to find things are worse than he had expected after flooding Pebble Creek causes a lot of problems on the property. He definitely sees that his work is cut out for him for a while. The only employee is Lydia, who is worried about the cabins because this is her family's only source of income. She is worried with no visitor's there will be no job for her. With a sick father and other family members to care about she feels the pressure of heavy responsibilities falling to her. She and Aaron don't really see eye to eye on some of Aaron's plans to improve the cabins. But she does her best as an employee. Just when things are going well with the cabins, serious problems occur causing both concern and financial losses. The community rallies around them in support, as is Amish custom, but still problems continue. All the while Lydia misses the home she once had that is no longer theirs due to her father's bad health. The tiny home they live in is very small but home, none-the-less. The community they live in is supportive and loving and the characters from other books in the series maintain strong parts in the lives of Lydia's family as well as Aaron. I enjoyed reading about Lydia's mother saying that friendship was about more than supporting each other on Sundays. It was about carrying each other's burdens all week long. It was about praying for one another and working beside one another. Good motherly advice for all of us. This book is filled with a little romance, a little suspense and mystery. Vannetta has such a wonderful way of reminding us how much we all need one another, to be friends with, to love, to cherish. And how important our family as well as our community is to each of us. You will love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GmawFL More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. It was a great Read. Vannetta Chapman is a skillful writer.
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craftie10 More than 1 year ago
A Home for Lydia - I had a very hard time putting this book down to do other things that needed to be done!!  Vannetta Chapman makes  you feel part of the story.  I wanted to help Lydia at times!  This book I had won in one of Vannetta's contest so I had to go out and buy the first one in the series - A Promise for Miriam - which I loved  reading.  I was so glad that this book continued with the lives of Miriam and Gabe.        i can't wait until her third book in this series comes out in July. If you like reading about the Amish, these books you'll love!!! Vannetta - keep them coming!!                                                                                        
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
I like Amish romances. They're sweet, but real. Vannetta Chapman has penned another excellent novel set in Amish country. A Home for Lydia, her second book in The Pebble Creek Amish Series, is easily read as a stand-alone. I find that Ms. Chapman allowed her characters to be real. While sweet and godly, they also have problems with temper and selfishness, as all humans do at times. I like real characters and will gladly read about their issues rather than about people who are perfect, with whom I cannot relate.  If you enjoy Amish romance, you will open A Home for Lydia and forget there's a world outside Pebble Creek. ***I received this book from the author/publisher for purposes of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
Amish1949 More than 1 year ago
I just loved reading this book by Vannetta Chapman! It is a beautiful story of true friendship among the characters, and taking care of each other among all the Amish friends and family. It's great how Vannetta can make the characters seem so real, she describes feelings, thoughts, and behavior of the characters so uniquely, that you get to know them so well. My favorite character was Grace, the nine year old,she has been through a lot for young child,having lost her mom at a very young age, yet, it is amazing what an insight about life she already has. I give this book 5 stars, and I highly recommend you to read it! Thank you, Vannetta Chapman for a wonderful book!(less)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vannetta Chapman has done it again.She has wrote another great book.You will fall in love with the characters of the Pebble Creek series.I loved the first book in the series,and she continued to keep me interested and looking forward to more in a A Home for Lydia.If you like Amish book,you will love Vannetta Chapman's books.She keeps you captivated and always looking forward to the next book.You just don't want the book to end,even though you want to find out how it all turns out.I am looking forward to the next one.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Another enjoyable story from one of the top Amish Fiction authors. One of the nicest things about this book was getting to check in with characters from A Promise For Miriam and getting to see how they are doing. Miriam and Gabe are now married and are building a family. Esther (formerly worked with Miriam at the Plain school) is also married and has a little one. Miriam's parents are still dispensing wisdom and dote on their granddaughter-by-marriage, Gracie. I won't spoil any surprises but the Kings and Yoder family have more happiness and heartache ahead in this story. I have to admit that, at first, I didn't particularly like Aaron (the hero). He came across as an immature brat, but.... That didn't last, through the book he grows and matures under the responsibility of the cabins and with the help/advice of Gabe and Miriam's brother, David. Hard work and good friends help Aaron grow up in a most satisfying way. Lydia reminded me much of myself, she doesn't like change, still lives at home in order to help her family, has a bit of a temper, tries to be responsible and gets impatient with those who aren't. She too, grows through the story and broadens her outlook. By the end of the book I was wishing that Lydia could be a friend. This book is slightly darker than it's predecessor but it has to be with the touch of mystery. Who is breaking into houses/businesses to steal, and why? Is it the new neighbors next to the Plain Cabins, could it be Amish kids, or could it be their own family and friends? You are just going to have to read A Home For Lydia to find out! A Home For Lydia, Amish romance with a touch of mystery and danger!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When a family member dies a nephew comes to town to take care of things at the rental cabins his uncle owned and managed. When he arrives he is overwhelmed with the amount of work that is needed to turn things around. Will this Amish community pull together to help a family who has lost a loved one or will the rundown cabins need to be sold in order for this family to survive? Not many authors are able to capture a reader with a story that grabs your attention from the beginning or describe the characters to the point you feel you know them personally. Vannetta is one of those amazing authors who do both extremely well. If you like Amish fiction, you will love this book.
homeschoolmom24 More than 1 year ago
About the 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? About the Author: 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. My Review: Vannetta Chapman does a really good job as an author. She is able to pull you in immediately and cause you to fall in love with the characters from her books. What was so strange to me in the latest novel A Home for Lydia I found myself more interested in what was going on with Miriam than with Lydia which is the title character. Miriam is gave some news that wasn't really what she was expecting about her mother.She reminded me a lot of myself. That is the good thing about Vannetta's books though she makes you feel like she is writing about you. This story begins with Lydia getting the cabins ready for the Englisch tourists. Following that, Aaron Troyer arrives several weeks later to see to the cabins left to him following his uncle's death. As Aaron gets off the bus to find the cabins he runs into Gabe Miller and his family and decides to hitch a ride with them. Not long after that actually a few minutes later he meets our main character, Lydia. I don't think that he was very impressed and decides he may need to stay longer than he first anticipated. Now while the story seems to be heating up between Lydia and Aaron I'm still wondering how Miriam is doing. This is the second book in the Pebble Creek Amish Series. The third book in the series is set to release this summer. So fans of Ms.Vannetta won't have to wait long to catch up on all of their favorite characters. There are also discussion questions in the back of the book and the first chapter to book three in the series. Vannetta decided to give one of my readers a copy of her book A Home for Lydia so you can read it for yourself and fall in love with the town of Pebble Creek. Just enter below... And Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway **Disclosure** This book was provided to me for free from the author for my honest review.
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
Vannetta Chapman begins this tale of the Amish in Pebble Creek community with Lydia, a beautiful young Amish woman who is single, fearful of being an "old maid," burdened with the responsibility of supporting her family (parents and siblings), and taking care of a run-down set of tourist cabins. She is weary and sitting on the steps of one of these cabins when a young man arrives and looks at the scene with obvious disgust, shock, and frustration. He accosts Lydia when he finds out she is an employee of his deceased uncle and wants to know why she has allowed things to get in such bad shape. Lydia's feisty personality is really ignited by Aaron Troyer's confrontation. But Aaron is now her "boss" and he moves with swift action to bring to "rights" the cabins and to make them into a profitable enterprise. Aaron is the nephew of the deceased uncle, and as extended family, they feel it their place and responsibility to help the uncle's widow and children have a means of support. The setting for the story is along Pebble Creek and the cabins are nestled close to Pebble Creek where there is an abundance of beautiful wild animals, birds, and plants. It is a serene, peaceful place where tourists can come and experience the plain life in simplicity and peace. But alas, all is not at peace there. A Home for Lydia is book 2 in the Pebble Creek series and we again meet our friends Miriam, Gabe, and Grace from A Promise for Miriam, book 1. Grace is the adorable little daughter of Gabe and her character continues to charm and warm your heart. In A Home for Lydia we again see the strength of the Amish in strong families and strong community. When the family or community is threatened by illness, disaster, poverty, ruination, or weather destruction they come together in support of each other bringing healing of heart, soul, and purse. When crime or meanness invades their community, they deal with it with love and concern and try to help the offenders and those who have been offended. Vannetta Chapman has again done a beautiful job of developing each of the characters where they seem real, believable, and true to the role they are crafted to play in the story. The story line moves well, is easy to follow, and a pleasure to read. I look forward to reading book 3 in the Pebble Creek series due to be released in the summer of 2013. DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of A Home for Lydia by the author in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.
JoHuddleston More than 1 year ago
When his uncle dies, Aaron Troyer travels from his farm to Wisconsin to oversee the management of his uncle’s cabins. He is the most arrogant man Lydia Fisher has seen, yet he is her employer since she worked for his uncle to manage the cabins. Sparks fly between them as he calls the cabins uncared for. But he can’t return home until he helps is widowed aunt and tries to make the tourist cabins workable and attractive. When danger comes into the picture Aaron’s main priority is to keep Lydia safe. Lydia wants a home of her own and imagines it could be with Aaron. But is she just wishing? Chapman writes her characters and settings as if know them. From the first page, Chapman captures the interest of her reader.
YLora More than 1 year ago
Lydia Fisher, a young Amish woman, helps take care of the camping cabins near Pebble Creek. When her new boss, Aaron, arrives full of criticism and wearing a chip on his shoulder, Lydia has to bite her tongue to retain her job. The more she gets to know him though, the more she likes him. Aaron grudgingly accepts the responsibility of running his late uncle’s cabins, increasing business so his aunt and cousins will have an income. The Amish community welcomes his new ideas and expansion of the business. He even begins to acknowledge his growing attraction for Lydia. Then, a series of burglaries threatens it all. Vannetta has once again crafted an enjoyable read. And if you’re wondering what happened to Gabe and Miriam and their daughter Grace from A Promise for Miriam, you’ll find out in this story. The chapters from Grace’s perspective were my favorites. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lela Buchanan for Readers' Favorite There is something innately satisfying about bringing order from chaos and that is what Vannetta Chapman has done in her lovely book "A Home for Lydia." The story opens with huge obstacles confronting the heroine, Lydia. As the eldest child and primary bread-winner for her family due to her father's debilitating illness, Lydia works as a caretaker at a small group of cabins on the banks of Pebble Creek. The Amish owner has died, leaving his family dependent on the success of his venture. Unbeknownst to Lydia, the owner's nephew arrives to temporarily oversee the cabins, creating friction with Lydia as long time employee. Forced by circumstances to work together, this young Amish couple successfully turn the struggling business into a lucrative one, not only overcoming physical and material challenges, but developing a deeper relationship in the process. Throughout "A Home for Lydia" we hear the idea of 'the Plain way' endorsed--sometimes stated overtly, often woven in subtly. It is the central theme of the book. 'The Plain way' involves a strong sense of community, of people pulling together with kindness and integrity. Chapman writes, "Friendship was about more than supporting each other on Sundays. It was about carrying each other's burdens all week long. It was about praying for one another and working beside one another." You will long to visit the serenity of Pebble Creek and, perhaps, stay long enough to absorb some of the characteristics that make it a place of peace and grace.
nanajdc More than 1 year ago
I must say that I was just as thrilled with A Home for Lydia as I was with A Promise for Miriam. Vannetta Chapman never ceases to keep the reader engaged in this book. Just as I was a part of the community in Miriam, I think I became more of a member with the second book in the Pebble Creek Series, A Home for Lydia. Lydia and Aaron are now a part of the series that I will look forward to seeing in the next book. Can't wait until it becomes available. The reader is caught up in the mystery in Lydia as you begin to try to figure out the "who dun it" in this book. Just when you think you have it figured out, you realize Vannetta just had you going for awhile. This is one series that I hope continues past #3 because just like real-life, families move, new ones are added, the younger ones grow up, and the characters quickly become a part of your family from one book to the next. Super job Vannetta, keep up the wonderful work that you are doing as a writer. I will never tire of your stories. I think it is because they are so realistic in their surroundings as you bring out the parts of the country/places in them and readers can associate with those places. I love it when I read about a place in the books, and I can visualize it because I have been there or know of it from reading about it before reading the book.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, and loved that it continued from where we left off in the first book A Promise For Miriam. Now you do not need to read the first book to enjoy this one, but you will miss out on a great book. We begin this story when a young Amish Farmer, Aaron Troyer, has been sent to Wisconsin to help out his Uncle's Widow and family. His Uncle ran a business of offering nightly lodging in cottages. When he arrives at the Pebble Creek Cottages, he is devastated at the mess he is going to have to fix some how. His Uncle's one employee, Lydia Fisher, is there to meet him. He takes his disappointment out on her. Now how could one young Amish Woman have fixed all that needed to be done here? We rejoin the family of Miriam, Gabe and Hannah, who have now been joined by baby Rachael. What fun to be able to spend time with them again, and not just to say hello...we continue with their lives and trails! This story has some romance, some family health issues, and a mystery thrown in. We find that at some point Amish and English have the same tough teenage years! Come and enjoy your time In Pebble Creek WI, you won't be disappointed! I received this book through First Wild Card Blog Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
This is more of community story than just 2 characters. You get to care about alot of different characters. Some are new to the series and others are old friends. I like how the community comes together to care and help where they are needed. Aaron comes to this new community by bus. He is the oldest child. When his Uncle died and left a widow with children his dad sent him to help her. His Uncle had a few cabins that he rented to the English. When Aaron sees how worn down and out of shape he is angry. Lydia is the only employee working at the cabins for the past two months. Business is bad people with three days reservation leave after only one night. She has done what she can to keep up. Lydia is 23 and earns the income for her family. Her father has farmer lung and needs lots of care. She has 5 younger siblings. She can't loose her job. Gabe Miller & Miriam and daughters give Aaron a ride out to the cabins in the horse & buggy. They are good neighbors and see the need and offer to help Aaron get the place in shape. Aaron is a farmer and he wants to go back home so he can work his land but he knows first he has to help his Uncle's family. He has some ideas to get the cabins in shape and bring in more business. The story is well told and kept me wanting to see what happens next. Thier are a lot of characters, but that what made the story so interesting. How they are all so connected to each other. It also shows how the Plain People live. That they have trials too. That many people working together can help each other. I look forward to reading more of Vannetta Chapman's work in the future. This is a clean read and a enjoyable one too. 02/01/2013 Publisher: Harvest House Publishers 352 pages ISBN-10: 0736946144
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DoncorDC More than 1 year ago
Vannetta does an awesome job of drawing her reader into the story. The second book of her Pebble Creek Series is engaging from the first page to the last.I really enjoyed how she desribed the area in which the story took place and also how she continued on Miriams family story while introducing Lydia. I do not want to give away spoilers so my recommendation is to read this and see for yourself how she makes you feel like you are right there in the middle of it.I actually liked book two even better than the first in the series and look forward to seeing book three.
Blogger35 More than 1 year ago
My review Nobody writes Amish fiction like Vannetta Chapman and in Lydia’s story the reader once again witnesses two worlds colliding, the Amish and the Englisch, in Pebble Creek, Wisconsin. Lydia’s employer, Ervin, has just passed away, there has been a recent flooding to the land that has caused much needed repairs to the cabins she cleans, and her father is suffering from an ailment that has forced him to stop working making Lydia the main breadwinner in the family. She hasn’t had any customers lately and if this trend continues, she’ll be out of the job very soon. Enter Aaron Troyer who is frustrated, eager to get back to his farming land, and resentful of having the responsibility of checking on his late uncle’s family and business to assess the situation and see how he can help. He makes no pretenses about wanting to be there and the scowl on his face is a big indicator that he has no intention on staying. How soon can he get back to Indiana? As soon as these two meet, everything changes but it’s obvious that they don’t get along. Will they be able to see past their own problems and differences to improve the cabins and come up with a plan to run this business in a successful manner? Then word spreads about robberies occurring in the area, will everything they work for be taken from them? What a sweet story with lots of humor and warmth!! When Lydia and Aaron first meet she immediately wishes justice upon him by hoping he’ll fall through a rotted stair railing and for her horse to nip him (bite him) since he refuses to carry fruit snacks with him and the horse is accustomed to these treats being constantly available. Amish folks are simple and faithful, but they have thoughts like anyone else and it was unique to find Lydia with such a feisty personality! Other characters in the story that make the plot an even lovelier treat are from the first book in the series, A Promise for Miriam. The reader gets to experience Miriam, Gabe, Grace and Rachel being a family while moving past their grief and finally healing. Grace was hands down my favorite character in Lydia’s story ¿ She has a gift for seeing the beauty in everything and drawing it realistically from her perspective. She doesn’t get along with her new school teacher, Ms. Bena, very well, but she makes every effort and I found her to be a brilliant student. She’s always observing, always learning, and always expressing herself in creative ways. She enjoys the 3 D’s best: Drawing, Doodling, and Daydreaming. Grace had me smiling throughout the story. Chapman successfully creates a setting that the reader can easily fall in love with, a community of simple Amish folks that stick together through hardships, characters that find a common ground in adversity and learn to rebuild even in hopeless situations, trusting God even when your loved one is suffering, and most of all forgiveness even in the worst betrayals. It was precious seeing how one girl’s drawing humbles Aaron in his darkest moment turning his heart to maturity instead of allowing his selfish nature to brew. Even though this story was not a five star rating from me, it reminded me of what is truly important about finding out where your home is and trusting God in the journey there. Lydia’s story is touching, humorous, romantic, and filled with characters that are easy to love and easy to admire. Even though this book is part of a series, it can be a read alone as well.