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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.