Amish Romance author, Vannetta Chapman shares the inspiration behind her latest book. Comment on any post dated Jan 21 – 25 to get your name in two separate drawings. One winner will receive A Promise for Miriam and A Home for Lydia on e-book. One winner will receive both books in paperback. Deadline: Feb 2, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Vannetta:
Oh, I love this story.
A Home for Lydia is very much a story from my heart. I love stories about old things made new. Places and people who have fallen on hard times, but then someone finds them, sees the potential in them, and begins to rebuild. Much as God has done for each of us.
My husband and I visited Wisconsin before I began writing this series. There are a lot of falling down barns in Wisconsin. Many of the farms belonged to large dairy corporations. The corporations left, and the Amish are coming in and rebuilding the places. Looking at these farms, set against the beautiful backdrop of SW Wisconsin, and seeing them in such disrepair – it sparked my imagination.
But of course farms aren’t the only thing that need love and attention. People do too! And so I created Lydia and Aaron.
Lydia’s father is ill with farmer’s lung – an ailment I learned about while in Wisconsin. Lydia has grown up fast because she needed to be able to help her parents. I know all about caring for an ill and/or dying family member. It’s one of the greatest blessings and also one of the toughest trials. Lydia needs someone’s love, but it isn’t a future she has imagined for herself. Like the cabins she tends, her heart is somewhat abandoned.
Aaron comes to town to do a job (sell the cabins or repair them), and he’s not interested in looking for a wife. But then he locks horns with Lydia. Are they co-workers, friends, or more? Before either can decide, the cabins are robbed. Now they have even bigger problems. And is the person Amish or Englisch? If they’re Amish, it’s an issue their Bishop will deal with. If they’re Englisch, the police will become involved.
And so the story turns again, this time toward God’s grace. Can Lydia care for her family and still have a home of her own? Will Aaron decide to stay, or return to Indiana? And what of the person who is robbing their local businesses? Why would someone do that? And how can they respond as a community with love and grace?
A Home for Lydia is a story of love, of old things made new, and of God’s grace. I certainly hope you’ll give it a try.
About Vannetta: 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 winner for best mystery. All of her books have been Christian Book Distributor bestsellers. She currently writes Amish fiction for Abingdon Press, Zondervan, and Harvest House. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband. For more information, visit her at http://www.vannettachapman.com/, www.facebook.com/VannettaChapmanBooks, and twitter — VannettaChapman
About the book – A Home for Lydia: A bend in the road can be daunting … or the beginning of everything.
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?
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