Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lydia's Charm

Lydia's Charm
by Wanda E. Brunstetter

From the book: Lydia King is suddenly a widow and moves her son and herself to Charm, Ohio to be close to her mother and help with her grandfather. But is her heart ready for romance with gifts begin appearing on her porch from a mysterious source?

Menno Troyer, a furniture store owner, is also recently widowed and the father of four energetic boys. He has come to realize that, although he doesn't think he's ready to love again, his sons need a mother.

Levi Stutzman, another newcomer to the area, is the only one in his family not handicapped by dwarfism, and he has dedicated his life to caring for them. Though determined never to marry, he is always willing to be of help to others.

Will the anonymous gifts left for Lydia bring her hope for a new life? And when tragedy befalls her yet again, will the mysterious gift giver be there to support her?

From me: Lydia's Charm is not heavy reading by any means and even though it is, yet another, Amish novel - I enjoyed it. I think what made this novel so interesting to me is the fact that Wanda Brunstetter added in some scenarios that you don't normally find in other Amish novels. Instead of focusing on the rules and traditions of Amish life - she focused on the difficulties of being a single mom, having a tense relationship with your mother and trying to make new friends and a new life for yourself. The caps and aprons and horses are just an added bonus! I actually enjoyed seeing the human side of the Amish people, even if it was just a novel.

Thanks to Planned Television Arts for offering me a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.