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Lydia's Charm

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  2,124 ratings  ·  175 reviews
Visit Amish Country during the fall as Lydia King attempts to make Charm, Ohio, feel like home after losing her husband. But is her heart ready to open back up to love when gifts appear on her porch from a mystery source? Could it be from the widowed father of four energetic boys, or is it from the man who has rejected romance to be his family’s caregiver? When life hands ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Barbour Books (first published July 24th 2010)
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After the death of her husband and the loss of her job, Lydia King moves to Charm, Ohio to help her mother care for her ailing grandfather. Along the way Lydia meets with happiness, tragedy, and two suitors who want to court her. I enjoyed this story of love, loss, and new beginnings set in the Amish community of Charm, Ohio.
Jun 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
Contains Spoilers:
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
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 it's 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 Ch
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am touched by the fact that although Lydia goes through some really hard situations she is still able to keep her chin up and go forward. I was surprised that that so many hard issues where touched on- a mother who is distant and judgemental, not really open to change. Death, relocation, motherhood, accepting people that are physically different, accepting charity, sadness that stops a person from being complete.
This book like alot of Wanda Brunstetter's is a good book to curl up and get lost
Blackravens Reviews
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
AJ’s Review:

Lydia’s Charm is a captivating story about faith, unconditional love, community, healing, and forgiveness. Forgiveness in each other and forgiveness in oneself. Lydia King returns to Charm, OH after losing her husband and job, but more importantly to be close to the little family that she has left. As she struggles to get along with her mother and make a home for her son, Josh who is absolutely adorable, we learn more and more about Lydia, her life, and her struggles.

I was mesmerized
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
After her husband's death, Lydia King and her young son move to Charm, Ohio to help her mother take care of her grandfather. Lydia is not sure if she is ready for love again, but she can't help noticing two men: Menno Troyer, a widower with four young sons, and Levi Stutzman, the only one in his family who is not a dwarf, devoted to his family, and afraid to marry in case he passes the dwarfism gene onto his children. Someone is leaving gifts for Lydia and her mother at the times they need them ...more
Wendy Hines
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lydia King is a recent widow and is about flat broke. She doesn't know what else to do but to move to Charm, Ohio to live with her mom and grandfather. Her mom lives with him because he is very ill, and Lydia hopes that with the move closer to her family, she can re-build her and her young son Josh's life.

But when she arrives, her mom, glad to see her kin, is harsh with Josh and demanding of Lydia. Also, there isn't much money to take care of the bills and everyday needs. Lydia applies for a job
 Barb Bailey
I'm glad I read this book. Even though I thought it an easy read /romance and could project the ending, it had a few twists that I did not see coming. This book also had some good life lessons in it and I especially like the lessons on patience ! Lydia also prayed on most of her concerns and struggles and in time came up with good decisions. I was rather struck speechless when Lydia lost her son in an accident but yet again that was another life lesson, to cherish the ones we love while they are ...more
Nov 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Amish romance
I am enjoying the Amish books and this is no exception. This is the second book by this author I have read, and find it just as good as the other. Once I started reading I instantly felt for Lydia as she lost her husband a year ago and then she just recently lost her job. Her mom asked her to move to Ohio to move with her and her grandfather. Lydia's relationship with her mom is not a good one and hopes to mend it while she is there. More heartache happens, but will Lydia and her mom find happin ...more
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paperback
My aunt has been shopping at the christian bookstore for Christmas the past few years. This year's gift is a new Amish romance. It is...nice. A cleansing of the palate from my usual saucier fare.

In comparison to last year's Amish romance, it seemed a little Amish Light. An Amish couple in the story went to Florida for a honeymoon. They have honeymoons? Did they fly? Did they hire a driver? It seemed odd. Maybe it was because this was Ohio Amish and last year's was Pennsylvania Amish.

Perhaps I'
Linda Bourg
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
I really enjoyed this book by Wanda Brunstetter. She has become one of my fav amish authors. This book had a really heart wrenching moment, i was in shock for a while lol. But it was also inspiring on how these characters leaned on God's Word and on God for comfort, and peace during their mourning periods. And of course i always love a happy ending. ...more
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read!! This book should have a squeal!! Hope to read more by this author!!
Linda Klager
Jun 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lydia was living in Illinois when her husband died. She was working as a waitress, but the restaurant where she worked laid her off because business was slow. Lydia was very concerned about how to make a living for herself and her son.

Lydia was welcomed to move to Ohio and live with her mother. Her mother was the caregiver for her father and needed some help. The only thing wrong with this situation was that Mae, Lydia's mother, was a critical woman.

Lydia began to work as a waitress in Charm, O
I got this book to review from NetGalley.

Lydia has been widowed for about a year and she becomes jobless so she decides to move to her with her young son to her hometown to be with her mother and grandfather.

Being young and beautiful she is quickly noticed by Menno, a furniture store owner who is also recently widowed, and who has 4 young boys that he must care for by himself. She is also noticed by Levi, who works in his family store and is the only one in his family who is not living with dwar
Michelle Robinson
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Dec 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Book Description:
Lydia king not only lost her husband a year ago, and is raising their 4 year old son Josh alone, but her employer has just informed her that they must let her go from her job because of the bad economy. What is an Amish female widow with a young son to do; maybe move back home with an overly opinionated mother who is taking care of her father?

Menno Troyer is a widower with four rambunctious sons. He finds it hard to balance working at his woodshop, taking care of his sons, makin
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Oct 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Sometimes there are certain authors with whom you just don't connect. This is the second Wanda Brunstetter book I've read and I just didn't like it. I read White Christmas Pie and thought it was very light and fluffy, nothing special. When I saw Lydia's Charm, I figured I'd give Wanda Brunstetter another chance, because the story sounded appealing, but ultimately wasn't.

I found the characters to be one-dimensional. Menno was selfish and Lydia's mother Mae was downright horrible. The Stutzman fa
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
This really isn't the type of book I usually read but I wanted to stretch my horizons. Wanda E. Brunstetter is a well-known author of Amish fiction so I chose to read one of her books. She is a good writer, however, I never felt connected to any of the characters. She did not really let us in on any of the character's inner thoughts or emotions. We were simply observing the story as it happened. Normally, after a certain incident in the story (I won't spoil the plot.) I would have cried through ...more
Nov 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, amish, christian
In Lydia’s Charm, Wanda Brunstetter explores several issues. Unexpected death, tragedy, dwarfism, prejudice, and financial ruin are but a few of the problems that are faced by the protagonists of the story. It is through faith, charity, hard work, enlightenment, perseverance and understanding that they are able survive the unsurvivable. In this well written novel, you will come to know and like the characters as they struggle in their day-to-day lives to do what is right in their faith. Although ...more
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Author Wanda Brunstetter pens stories filled abundantly with hope and inspiration. In this heartbreaking story Lydia King moves her son and herself to Charm, Ohio after the death of her husband. When mysterious gifts appear on her porch, she has no idea who the anonymous giver could be. Is Lydia ready to more forward and fall in love again? When tragedy strikes will her gift giver be there to offer support? You’ll be encouraged by Lydia’s strength and faith in God!
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
A heartbreaking tale about perseverance acceptance and love.
At one point I had to set this book aside and take a break. A truly emotional tale. Somethings I liked somethings I thought were not fully developed. I cannot say more without spoiling the book so I will simply say all in all I enjoyed the story.
Karen Mann
Oh my, this was a wonderful book.... It let me know that and remember of God's true love for us.... I cried, I laughed, I held my breath for these characters, written so well into a this story.... Compassion, maybe some anger can be felt in this story as I read it and kept reading it and hoped for them to be happy... ...more
Anne Marie
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love Wanda E Brunstetter so I knew it was going to be a great book! I loved all the characters and my heart was breaking for Lydia as she was going through so much tragedies a person should have to deal with. I didn't want the book to end and I hated to see that it was a stand alone novel.

Lauren Montgomery
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It isn't what I normally read but I really got into it and I am looking forward to reading more of her work. ...more
Megan Rang
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Lydia moves to Charm her life is met with many ups and downs that all have away if leading her closer to God.
Sheila Samuelson (BookAddict30)
Rating: 5 Stars!! (Wish i could rate it 10 stars!!)
Ive been wanting to read this book for some time and im so glad i got to read it this month!! This book was a sad yet beautiful story about an Amish Widow named Lydia who picks up and moves to Charm Ohio with her young son Joshua to help her mom take care of her ailing father 2 years after the loss of Lydia's father and husband.

A few months after they move in, tragedy strikes and makes Lydia questions everything til a secret admirer star
Many of Wanda’s books are very good. There is always tragedy in her books. Some of her books are thought provoking. However, I found this book was like reading the book of Job in the Bible. What else can happen to poor Lydia? I wanted the sadness to end. Nor sure what the authors point is to write a romance with so much heartache…
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lydia moves as a widowed mother to 4 year old Josh to live with her mother and grandfather. Lydia struggles to find her way in the new city and has 2 young men interested in her. The story has a lot of loss in it but Lydia's faith carries her through the hard times ...more
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Oh gosh, where to start with this book.

There's only one Christian Fiction book that I have absolutely adored - Redeeming Love. This is a genre that, to be honest, doesn't really hold a candle to General Fiction. It's hard to write good dramatic stories when morals and principles have to be involved. Sounds terrible, but it's the truth. This is why my expectations for Christian novels are low - like really low. That being said, this book was absolutely terrible, so much so that I need to rant ab
Kari Gibbs
Oct 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Lydia’s husband died in a logging accident, leaving her to raise their little boy in Amish country. When she loses her job as a waitress, she has no other choice than to move into her grandfather’s home with him and her mother. Lydia is setting up a new life in Charm, Ohio. Things start to be looking up. Her little boy is her pride and joy (and one that you grow close to and want to squeeze his little cheeks and give him a kitten), she gets a job as a waitress, she meets a couple of nice unmarri ...more
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New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, a

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