In this first book of a three-book series, author Vannetta Chapman brings a fresh twist to the popular Amish fiction genre. She blends the familiar components consumers love in Amish books—faith, community, simplicity, family—with an innovative who-done-it plot that keeps readers guessing right up to the last stitch in the quilt. When two women—one Amish, one English—each with different motives, join forces to organize a successful on-line quilt auction, neither expects nor wants a friendship. As different as night and day, Deborah and Callie are uneasy partners who simply want to make the best of a temporary situation. But a murder, a surprising prime suspect, a stubborn detective, and the town's reaction throw the two women together, and they form an unlikely alliance to solve a mystery and catch a killer. Set in the well-known Amish community of Shipshewana, Falling to Pieces will attract both devoted fans of the rapidly-growing Amish fiction genre, as well as those who are captivated by the Amish way of life.
About The Author:
Vannetta Chapman holds a BA and MA degree in English and has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She published an Amish novel with Abingdon Press called A Simple Amish Christmas.
Amish fiction has quickly become one of my favorite genres of Christian fiction in the last two years or so. I love the simplicity of the genre, yet the authors I have read have included some pretty hard themes and lesson in their books. Vanessa Chapman is a new author to me and she takes Amish fiction to a whole new level.
From the very first pages of Falling To Pieces, you are drawn into a murder mystery in a setting you would never expect, an Amish community. Within the relationships of the characters and the story lines, you will be reminded that our lives are not our own, and we are placed where we are for a reason, whether we know those reasons or not. The flow of the book is well done, the writing great and I cannot wait to read the rest of this series! Also included is a fantastic discussion guide, perfect for book groups or even individual reflection.
Do you have an Amish Fiction fan in your life? Then I cannot encourage you enough to pick this book up as a Christmas gift as you begin your holiday shopping!
I give this book a huge thumbs up!
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