Aug 22, 2010

Lydia's Charm by Wanda Brunstetter

Autumn is a lovely time of the year in the Amish community of Charm, Ohio, but ever since losing her husband, Lydia doesn’t feel at home in the community where she felt forced to move. When mysterious gifts start appearing on Lydia’s porch, could they be from a nearby widower? Or are they from someone else—a man who would sacrifice romance in order to care for his family perhaps?

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This is the first book I have read by Wanda Brunstetter so I wasn't sure what to expect.  Lately I have been drawn to reading books on the Amish people, and Lydia's Charm was an enjoyable one.

Lydia King's husband passed away in a tragic logging accident, and then she lost her job.  Having difficulty dealing with her loss and her troubled finances, Lydia and her young son Josh moved to Charm to live with her mother and her ailing grandfather.  This is the first of a series of events that will change their lives drastically.

A large focus in this book is the subject of dwarfism.  One of the families in the town of Charm are known as the little people, and they have a huge impact on Lydia and her family.  It is interesting how the dynamics between Lydia and her mother develops, as well as her relationship with two very different men who are interested in Lydia for totally different reasons.  Lydia finally discovers that she will never be truly happy until she learns to listen to her heart.

Lydias Charm: An Amish Widow Starts Over in Charm, Ohio
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Barbour Books (Sep 1 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602600635
ISBN-13: 978-1602600638

Disclosure: I reviewed this electronic galley through Net Galley, courtesy of the publisher Barbour Publishing Inc. I was not compensated for my thoughts.

1 comment:

  1. I quite liked "Lydia’s Charm", Wanda Brunstetter is a wonderful author.

    The characters were fairly in-depth and likeable for the most part. The one character I might have liked to see a bit more was the grossvadder and the potential for an interesting relationship between him and Josh.

    I just posted a review of this on my own site at