Thursday, April 4, 2013

Win a Book!


Thursday Thoughts on Reading and Writing

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, April 7, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book I review below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I’ll add your name a second time in the drawing. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers.



A Home for Lydia by Vannetta Chapman

Vannetta Chapman is the author of several novels, including A Promise for Miriam. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Vannetta is a Carol Award winner and a multi-award-winning member of Romance Writers of America. She was a teacher for 15 years and currently resides in the Texas Hill Country.


From the book’s back cover:
Aaron Troyer simply wants to farm in Indiana like his dat and grossdaddi before him, but instead he finds himself traveling to Wisconsin to oversee an uncle’s small group of Plain cabins nestled along the banks of Pebble Creek. That also means he must work with the cabins’ lovely but stubborn 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 her job, and to keep it she must temper her reaction to her new employer. Though sparks fly at first, when danger unexpectedly overtakes them, 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 who is causing trouble before more damage is done? And can Lydia guard her heart, knowing Aaron is just biding his time before he can return home to his farm? Or is her dream of a home of her own more than just a wish and a prayer?


From Jo:
Aaron Troyer is the most arrogant man Lydia Fisher has seen, yet he is her employer since she worked for his uncle to manage the cabins. He calls the cabins uncared for, which causes Lydia’s temper to flare. He can’t return home until he helps his widowed aunt and tries to make the tourist cabins workable and attractive. Lydia wants a home of her own and imagines it could be with Aaron. But is she just wishing? Chapman writes her characters and settings as if she knows them and draws the reader in. From the first page, Chapman captures the interest of her reader.


Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, April 7, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of A Home for Lydia by Vannetta Chapman. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you for your mailing address. I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s blog.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

69 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for your review, Jo. I appreciate you spotlighting Lydia's story. Book 3, A Wedding for Julia is now available for pre-order at half price. Thanks again!

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    1. Glad to have you with us today, Vannetta. My readers will enjoy this blog post about Lydia and will comment.

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  2. Lovely review -- I would love to win a copy of this book be Vannetta Chapman. Please accept my entry in this giveaway. Thank you.

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  3. This sound so good. I haven't read any Amish books, but this one may just get me started! pat@ptbradley.com

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    1. Patricia, oh, my, if you get started on Amish books you'll be among many Amish fans. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment.

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  4. Would love to win this book!
    marthajane1@hotmail.com

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  5. I would love to read an Amish fiction book that has a woman with a temper and someone who is likely to set it off!


    CarolNWnng(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Carol, this would be the book for you. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. I appreciate your being a follower.

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  6. I follow by GFC and I am an email subscriber.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  7. Would love to win!
    likesmusic2@consolidated.net

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  8. I prefer Amish books to all others, and Vannetta, your's are the BEST!!! Would love to win A Home for Lydia...

    Thanks for this chance to win!

    Karen Schulz
    aregeetee5162 at yahoo dot com

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  9. This sounds like a book I would love to read!! Connie Price connie_price@att.net

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    1. Connie, if you like to read Amish novels this is a good one for you. Thanks for reading the blog and leaving a comment.

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  10. I love Amish fiction and would be so happy to win A Home for Lydia. It sounds like a great book and I really enjoy Vanetta's writing.

    I follow via email.

    Katie J.
    johnsonk133[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. Katie, thanks for coming by to visit with Vannetta. I appreciate you following this blog.

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  11. Vannetta is one of my favorite authors! I would so love to have this book but haven't been able to get it yet. Thanks, Jo, for having the contest. It would be an honor to win. I am also a follower of yours.

    Mary E
    mdegram218@centurylink.net

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    1. Mary, you're welcome. I'm glad you came and left a comment. Thanks so much for being a follower of my blog.

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  12. I love to read about the Amish. I've read some of Vannetta's books and she's a wonderful author. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this contest. Also, I am a follower of yours.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61@yahoo.com

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    1. Barbara, you're welcome. This is another good book written by Vannetta. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. I appreciate your being a follower.

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  13. This sounds like a great book.
    O Norman
    onorman@wilkes.net

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  14. This book sounds very enticing, and I think I would enjoy reading it. I don't read alot of Amish fiction and haven't read any of Vannetta's work, but A Home for Lydia sounds like a good story.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com
    I follow by email.

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    1. Kay, thanks for being a reader of my blog. Glad you stopped by and left your comment. Thank you so much for following my blog.

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  15. I love to read books about the Amish .. Would love to win A Home For Lydia. Thanks for the contest.
    I am also a follower of yours.
    lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Elizabeth, you're welcome. Thanks for coming by to read this post and for leaving your comment. I appreciate you being a follower.

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  16. Thanks for another great giveaway.

    I am a follower.

    deamundy(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Deanna, you're welcome. Thank you for being a follower. Glad you came by and left your comment.

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  17. Love to add this book to my collection :)
    thank you for the opportunity

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    1. Loretta, you're welcome. Thanks for reading this blog post and for leaving your comment.

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  18. I am a follower of Jo and Vannetta

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  19. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel...i'm a follower, too :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  20. I have only read one of Vannetta's books so far and enjoyed it very much! I would feel very blessed to win this one. It sounds wunderbar! Thank you for the opportunity!

    I am a follower!

    dianalflowers[at]aol[dot]com

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    1. Diana, you're welcome. Thanks for reading this blog post and leaving your comment. I'm so glad you're a follower.

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  21. I love reading Amish books and I have read Vannetta's books. Really enjoy reading her books. Would love a chance to win this. Thank you.
    I'm an old follower and email subscriber.

    Karen G
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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    1. Karen, you're welcome. I appreciate you being a follower of my blog. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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  22. I love reading Vannetta's books.
    I'm a follower and email subscriber.
    Thanks for chances to win.
    Carolyn Jefferson
    carolynj63@att.net

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    1. Carolyn, you're welcome. Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. Many thanks for being a follower of my blog.

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  23. Hello Jo and to Vannetta. I do love Vannetta and her books. I got to meet her last year. I have the first book to this series and would love to win this on my Birthday the (7th) would be a wonderful gift. I am a follower of yours and I commented on your MON. post. Please enter me 3 times. Maxie Mac262(at)me(dot)com.

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    1. Maxie, you're entered, entered, entered. Thanks for come by and leaving your comment. I appreciate you following my blog.

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  24. Can't wait to read this one!
    O Norman
    onorman@wilkes.net

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    1. O Norman, thanks again for leaving your comment. However, only one entry per person unless you're a follower of my blog and/or leave a comment on my Monday blog.

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  25. Would love to win. Love her books. Abel.barb@Yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to read this blog post. I'm glad you left your comment. Visit again any time.

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  26. Amish fiction is my favorite! I've read so many good things about this book. Thanks!

    I am a follower.

    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  27. HI No! I absolutely love Amish romances and I would love to read this book. Thank you for this contest.

    Wanda Barefoot
    Flghtlss1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Wanda, you're welcome. Thanks for coming by, reading the blog post, and leaving your comment.

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  28. Dear Jo,
    I would love to win the book, "A Home for Lydia" by Vannetta Chapman.
    If I win I will give it to my church library.
    Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com
    I am a follower of your blog.

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    1. Janet, you're welcome. I so appreciate your being a follower of my blog. Thanks for reading this blog post and leaving your comment.

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  29. I really, really, really love reading anything Amish. Vannetta Chapman is one of the authors on my Amish fiction list. Please enter my name in the drawing. Thanks.
    msbookwormlady(at)aol(dot)com

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  30. Oops! Forget to say I'm an old follower and I thought I was an email subscriber but wasn't, but I am now!!
    msbookwormlady(at)aol(dot)com

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  31. This sounds like a wonderful book. I would love to read it. Thanks for having the giveaway. I follow your blog by email.

    Rose M.
    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. Well glad to see you have lots of comments. This is an excellent author. I love her books. Please enter me.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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  33. I love Vannetta's books. She is one of my favorite writers.

    authorboyles@swbell.net

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  34. SOUNDS LIKE A BOOK I WOULD LIKE TO TRY AND IM A FOLLOWER TOO! SHELLEY S. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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  35. Love Amish books and this cover is very pretty! Thank you for the chance to win this.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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