By Vannetta Chapman
Published by Harvest House, 2012
This is the second in the Pebble Creek series by Vannetta Chapman, and we get to meet a very strong character indeed in Lydia Fisher, who helps her family financially by working as a housekeeper at a complex of holiday cabins in Pebble Creek. Fearless, outspoken and strongly protective of those she loves, she seems truly formidable when Aaron Troyer ends up helping his family by taking over the running of the cabin business and has to deal with Lydia on a daily basis.
All he wants to do is farm, but he has to learn to run the business without alienating Lydia, who fears the effect that losing her job may have on her struggling family; the potential for misunderstanding each other's motives and actions causes unhappiness and mistrust. Can they learn to get along, and how will they deal with a crime wave that affects the business and even threatens their safety ?
This book is not afraid to deal with many of the problems faced by Amish when interacting with the modern world and is a good counterpoint to some of the heavily romanticised Amish fiction books. Lydia has very real concerns and anxieties, all well-founded, and she is a very real and likable character who wants to be able to lead her own life while still honouring and supporting her parents.