Lydia's Charm: An Amish Widow Starts Over in Charm, Ohio
Lydia's Charm An Amish Widow Starts Over in Charm Ohio Author:Wanda E. Brunstetter Widowed 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 de... more »dicated 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?« less
My first Brunstetter book - but certainly not my last.
I have read other Amish fiction books by other authors set in this same area. Brunstetter does the best job of using actual locations/shops/restaurants in her writing, a fact I appreciated having visited the area several times. It made it more authentic for me.
I have read several of Ms. Brunstetter's books and at this point I believe I am done.
I think my first problem is that any book that has the death of a child needs some kind of warning. If I had any clue I wouldn't have even started the book.
My other biggest problem is how wordly her Amsih are always portrayed. We live not far from an Amish community and visited often when I was young. I have never seen Amish eat out as much as the ones in her books do. In fact in all my years I've only ever seen one Amish family in a local restaurant.
The change in the characters are also unbelievable. Don't get my wrong - people can chane, but I don't think it can happen in one conversation. A change of heart yes and a trying to make different choices, but after one conversation this writter often has a character never have to face their problems again...unrealistic.