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 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?
I thoroughly enjoyed this standalone novel, Lydia’s Charm by Wanda E. Brunstetter. In fact, as I revisited the novel for this review I began reading it again and appreciated it in different ways and wanted to keep reading (but I have a stack of books waiting to be read and reviewed.)
The novel deals with several different themes that are all connected. Some of the main themes are death and loss, single parenting, elder care, remarriage, dwarfism, poverty and a community helping out in times of need.
The plot was always rolling along and I enjoyed the love triangle as well.
I was quite shocked and horrified by the loss in the first half of the novel. I didn’t fully relate to the main characters ability to pigeon-hole her feelings and then have just passing emotions that bring tears to her eyes instead of the overwhelming pain and utter devastation I would think I would feel. Alas, that may be an unfair judgement based on my own experiences and not those of this created fictional character.
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.
Nona was one of the more interesting characters I thought and I enjoyed her quick comments and positive attitude. I could totally picture her preparing Frogmore Stew and serving it to everyone with boisterous enthusiasm.
Overall, this was a great Amish story that I’d be happy to pick up and read again.
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