Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Vannetta Chapman's New Series- A REAL Winner in Amish Fiction!!

" A Promise for Miriam"


 By Vannetta Chapman

At this stage of my life, I can honestly say that I have read/reviewed hundreds of Amish fiction novels. Usually, I can predict , within the first few pages, if the book is going to be interesting, have a great plot and if the characters will become part of me.  That is not to say, that all of have the same likes or dislikes, however, I knew within moment of opening this book, that it was a HIT!!! 
I have reviewed Vannetta's three Shipshewana Amish mysteries and loved them, so of course, wondered how the switch over to Amish romance would be. NO SURPRISE HERE!!  A Promise for Miriam is fantastic!!


The plot and characters  captured both my emotions, as well as my interest. Never a dull moment in this book. There are intertwining events that keep you guessing at all times. The characters became part of me. Their feelings became mine. I felt their challenges, joys, pains and successes. That is what a good book does for me. It satisfies me in all of these aspects.


Miriam King is an Amish schoolteacher  ( - there- you got me right away- so was I , at one time) who truly loved her job and students.  At the ripe old age of 26, she is NOT desperate to get married, although others think she should be. She is happy. Most Amish women her age are married and have families, but she has not yet found the person with whom she desires to spend the rest of her life. At least, no one worth giving up her beloved job at Pebble Creek.
Then.... into the scene, steps a widower, Gabe, and his young daughter,- a newcomer to the area. Now , Miriam has to deal with mysteries and challenges, she has never dreamt of having. Gabe , appears to be a very private person who does not share easily his feelings and his problems. He has experienced the pain of losing a loved one - the past haunts him. His daughter, who has some problems that the teacher , Miriam chooses to address, forces the two adults to communicate and work together for a child's well being.  
After a near tragedy, Gabe finally accepts and returns the love and friendship of the Amish community.  He finds out that he is NOT helpless or useless- he can make a difference to this new area  in which he now lives. Will he make a difference to  a certain schoolteacher as well??? That is what you need to read to find out.


This is the first book of Vannetta's new series, entitled, "The Pebble Creek Amish Series".
I am anxiously and impatiently waiting for the next book!!  When you read a book in a day and a half, you know you have found the reading material that you enjoy and that is well written.


Thank you , Vannetta , for giving me the pleasure of putting myself in another world for a short time!! I LOVED this time with my nose in this book!!


This book was provided for review purposes by Vannetta Chapman and Harvest House Publishers.



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