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.
In a word..ADORABLE! This is one of the best books about the Amish world that I have read in a while. I always prefer when the Amish and English worlds blend and this author did a great job of making this happen. This was a well rounded piece of work that made all the characters likable and believable, while balancing the plot and not focusing on one area more than any other. By doing that the reader gets the best picture of what's going on in the whole story. I have the second book already and I can't wait to get started with it.
I received this book as a gift ... and though I enjoy Amish books, it's not usually the first genre I choose. However, this book was so fun and rich, that I promptly bought book two, inhaled it in a day and now eagerly await book three. There's something about the combination of Englisch and Amish in Shipshewana that made the story fresh. It also had an engaging mystery, quirky supporting characters, and emotional subplots that tugged me to Callie, the Englisch main character. This book is a great addition to a reading pile for those who enjoy Amish stories that have a mystery or those willing to give the genre a try.
When the elderly owner of Daisy's Quilt Shop passes away, her niece, Callie Harper, comes to town with the intention of quickly seeing to her aunt's things, selling the shop, and returning to her life in Texas. However, Amish neighbour Deborah Yoder has other ideas, and her determination to see the shop re-opened to enable her and her friends to sell their quilts for much needed income soon convinces Callie to try her hand at running the quilt shop. But when Callie and Deborah decide to try selling the quilts on ebay, they find themselves under the criticism of the editor of the local paper, and Callie ends up in a very public confrontation with the man. When he is later found dead, Callie suddenly finds herself the main suspect in a murder investigation. Deborah and Callie "must work together to attempt to solve the mystery and catch a killer".
Vanetta Chapman has written a unique addition to the Amish fiction genre, with quirky characters and a mystery full of twists of turns. I have no doubt that readers will soon find themselves enamored with Callie and Deborah and will be rooting both for their attempts to make the quilt shop successful and also to uncover the truth and solve the mystery. I found the book to be well-paced and to hold my attention throughout, and the plot is interesting enough to make it stand out from the crowded field of Amish books that are available today. I did have to suspend my belief a bit at the conclusion of the book, especially that Deborah's Amish husband would not put up any fuss to his wife playing bait to try and catch someone suspected of murder. However, that one plot element aside, I felt the story was well-written and had a satisfying conclusion. I look forward to seeing what these characters will be up to in the next installment of the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series! 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Zondervan, for the purposes of this unbiased review.