Tuesday, December 20, 2011

FALLING TO PIECES (A Shipshewana Amish Mystery) by VANNETTA CHAPMAN

Here is what Zondervan says about, "Falling To Pieces".

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.

What are my thoughts? 

Friendship, business and murder come to life in these pages. It's funny, we learn about real friends and acquaintances and the differences between the two. Vannetta shows us how to count on one another when life seems to be falling to pieces. We see that before we can become friends we must first open our hearts. For some, that's the very part that is most difficult as we find out as we see these characters before us come alive. In many ways this is a story about letting go and finding trust in others.  

This was really unlike any Amish book I have ever read before. Usually you don't see suspense and Amish combined. I enjoyed this story. The characters were real. This book showed people really struggling and how everyday life is. Is sure isn't perfect. People are not perfect. We are a work in progress, just as we find out through these characters. We can often put people in a category and think this is how they are to be. Vannetta shows us here that we couldn't be any more wrong in doing so. 


This book was a gift from Zondervan for it's review.


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.


Author Website:

http://www.vannettachapman.com

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