Callie Harper has come to the town of Shipshewana to clean up the details following her aunt's death. Callie has "details" in her own life that need cleaning up, as well. Who would think that a small town, some Amish women and a murder would work together to heal Callie's heart?
Vanetta Chapman skillfully weaves all of these details together in a story that resonates to the heart of the issue of healing hurts that life deals out. Her Amish novels portray the Amish as more than the stereotypes we are all used to. I love how she always mixes details of modern living into the stories, and portrays all of her characters dealing with problems as they come, and elements of Amish beliefs, traditions and daily life become part of everyone's story.
I wasn't sure exactly how you could mix a murder mystery and Amish fiction but Vannetta Chapman pulled it off! From the first page to the last I was hooked.
This book really is the quintessential Amish book with the sweet family and faith influence that we have come to expect from the genre but it also serves up a nice dash of mystery.
I found myself really liking Callie and Deborah. At first they aren't quite sure what to make of each other but that soon turns into a wonderful friendship. When Callie is taken in for questioning in relation to a a death she discovered, Deborah is the one to find a lawyer to help her friend.
The two women along with some unlikely help, in the form of a newspaperman and the cop that roughly questioned Callie after she discovered the body, work together to find out just who is breaking into the quilt shop and other businesses, what the connection between Callie and the break ins is, and just who really did kill Roger Stakehorn.
This book really has it all, a mystery, the Amish, quilting, a light touch of romance, and even a great dog!
I, myself, am going to be looking for the next book in this series, I gotta find out what happens to Callie and Deborah next!
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.
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. It's a chance to know what they like, how to pray for them, and it's 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 I've 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 there's 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, Daisy's 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 Daisy's body. Now she has to find a way to continue selling her quilts with best friends Melinda and Esther when she hears about Daisy's 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 didn't 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 don't be surprised if you find yourself cheering for Callie and Deborah along the way! Callie's 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 way_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. I'm 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 they'd 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.