Falling to Pieces: A Quilt Shop Murder - eBook
Mystery & Friendship--a great combo
This is Book One in a series of three but can easily be read alone; however, you will definitely want to finish the series. Falling to Pieces is full of mystery and friendship of women who are not alike in their beliefs or dress but alike in their need to help others. You will enjoy all the twists and turns in familiar Vannetta Chapman fashion.
April 6, 2013
This was my first Amish mystery book to read. Very well written, suspenseful and entertaining. Will definately be reading more!
March 22, 2013
Delightful Read with Mystery,Friendship, Romance!
Wow, what a DELIGHTFUL book! I have had the pleasure of getting to know Vannetta Chapman on facebook and have been eager to read her book for a while now. I highly recommend chatting and connecting with authors on facebook. ItÃ¢ÂÂs a chance to know what they like, how to pray for them, and itÃ¢ÂÂs both a treat and a blessing to do so. Falling to Pieces was sooooooo worth the wait for me! It is one of my fave reads for 2012 and one of the best Amish books IÃ¢ÂÂve read! Chapman brilliantly brings the Amish and the English together in this cozy mystery from the first page and keeps the reader both intrigued and delighted throughout.
Daisy Powell is enjoying her day with her garden and her dog Max when thereÃ¢ÂÂs a disturbance nearby and the next thing you know someone finds her dead. However, she is mentioned throughout the story and Chapman keeps her memory alive in such a way that her character is felt in a loving and honorable way. Enter Callie Harper, DaisyÃ¢ÂÂs niece, who arrives from Texas to sell the quilt shop she knows nothing about. She is determined to get closure about the aunt she barely knew and get back to Texas to restart her life. Little does she know that God has another plan for her right there in Shipshewana.
Deborah Yoder is the one to find DaisyÃ¢ÂÂs body. Now she has to find a way to continue selling her quilts with best friends Melinda and Esther when she hears about DaisyÃ¢ÂÂs niece moving in. Will Callie agree to help with this business arrangement or will she really sell the shop?
I love how Deborah and Callie meet and it was lovely watching their friendship develop throughout the story. Callie is broken in so many ways, but as she gets to know this quaint town and its charming community, healing comes in ways she didnÃ¢ÂÂt expect. Watching Callie fall in love with Shipshewana, its culture, and the people there was a delightful journey for me to experience. I enjoyed this book in such a way that it literally was a cozy atmosphere for me to read. I felt at home with Callie, Deborah, Esther, and Melinda as if I was there with them trying to place together clues as they do quilts. I laughed with them, I felt their pain and losses, and I understood their reactions to everything.
Chapman has created a story with genuine characters that you immediately fall in love with and donÃ¢ÂÂt be surprised if you find yourself cheering for Callie and Deborah along the way! CallieÃ¢ÂÂs personality reminded me of Chapman also; they are both loving, humorous and spunky women that will pull you in and keep you wanting more.
There are references to eBay, the internet, and Paul Revere.
This book is not just for those who enjoy Amish fiction. No wayÃ¢ÂÂ¦this book is for anyone who loves a good mystery, unexpected situations, an amazing dog, romance, starting over, friendship, and a community that helps its own and embraces newcomers. IÃ¢ÂÂm sooooo looking forward to A Perfect Square, the sequel, and more of these characters that both entertained me and touched me. I was hurting about something and every time I picked up this book, it was just the story I needed that both encouraged and helped me forget my own little world. Vannetta Chapman blessed me tremendously with this book and I highly recommend it for anyone experiencing changes, adjustments, loneliness, or just a different kind of adventure. You will be pleasantly surprised and when you finish reading, the characters in this story will stay with you as if theyÃ¢ÂÂd been your friends all along. Please visit Vannetta Chapman at her website to learn more about her books, her quilting, or just to get to know her better.
I want to thank Zondervan for sending me a paperback review copy. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
January 8, 2013
I love books and received this as a gift. I enjoyed reading it and didn't have the plot figured out until the very end. Couldn't wait to start the next book ... which I did immediately. Vannetta is a very gifted writer with a fresh look at the Amish community.
October 11, 2012