Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lydia's Charm By Wanda E. Brunstetter

Lydia's Charm: An Amish Widow Starts Over in Charm, OhioWidowed and jobless, Lydia King moves her son and herself to Charm, Ohio, to be close to her mother and help with her grandfather. Menno Troyer, a furniture store owner, is also recently widowed and the father of four energetic boys. Levi Stutzman, another newcomer to the area, is the only one in his family not handicapped by dwarfism and has dedicated his life to caring for them. As fall colors the countryside, will anonymous gifts left for Lydia bring her hope for a new life and romance, or will another tragedy flood her with infinite despair?
MY Review:
Lydia King had only been married for 5yrs when her husband Jeremiah was tragically killed in a logging accident. Being the sole provider for her young son Josh, hasn't been easy and now its just gotten worse because she lost her job, and with no family close by, her husband had  moved them to Arthur Illinois from Wisconsin she wasn't sure what she was going to do.
When Lydia gets a letter  from her mom, who had moved back to Charm Ohio to take care of an ailing parent, inviting Lydia to move to Charm and help her   she really saw no other choice.
Lydia quickly realizes that her mom is somewhat resentful for being the caretaker of her father but really refuses any help, so Lydia realizes that the best way to help is to get a job and help with finances. She meets Menno Troyer who was recently widowed and has 4 young boys to raise. He needs a wife and thinks that Lydia might fit the bill.
Levi Stutzman and his family run the general store. Levi has decided never to marry because Levi's parents are dwarfs and he fears passing dwarfism onto any children he might have. He also feels a sense of responsibility for helping his family because he is the only one that didn't inherit dwarfism. His mom and dad have other ideas though, they manage fine on their own and want Levi to have a family of his own, and Levi's mom Nona thinks that Lydia could be the one for her son.
Will Lydia find happiness in Charm, and will she get a second chance at love, or will tragedy once again test her faith?
This is an amazing story of faith, hope and love that will keep you thinking about the characters long after you have read the last page. Mrs. Brunstetter has a way of telling Amish stories that capture your heart and imagination making you feel like your a part of the story she is telling.

Thanks to Barbour Publishing and Netgalley for allowing me to review this book. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.


  1. I love Wanda's books. I'm going to have to check this one out. Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier today :)

  2. 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



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