I have read several books by author Vannetta Chapman and I have enjoyed them all. A Promise for Miriam did not let me down.
I fell in love with the Characters in this book. Who wouldn't be concerned for Gabe who lost his wife to death 3 years ago. Would he ever get over losing his wife? Could he, would he, be able to move on? His eight year old daughter Grace captured my heart. She is simply adorable. Miriam, the school teacher, has never married but she is content with being single because her students are her life. Will she always be content with teaching? Will she long for a family of her own some day?
My emotions loved this book. I found myself laughing our loud, I found myself worrying, and I found myself shedding a few tears.
This book in my opinion deserves a 5 star rating; one that I will gladly give.
I urge you to buy a copy of this book. I promise you will not be disappointed.
I can't wait to read A Home for Lydia, Book 2 of The Pebble Creek Amish Series.
I wasn't sure I'd like this first story in the Pebble Creek Amish series, since the people portrayed have severe beliefs (no toilets in the homes?!) even for those called Old Order Amish, but I was drawn to Miriam's bubbly fun personality, and intrigued by Gabe's standoffishness. I wanted to find out what Miriam and Gabe did to get Grace to talk again. I enjoyed the peek into Amish schools, too. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
In the summer of 2012 I received a beautiful signed copy of A Promise for Miriam by Vannetta Chapman as a courtesy from the author. I sorely regret that it has taken me so many months to sit down and read this delightful story of the Amish of Pebble Creek. What a joy I missed by not reading it early after receiving it. Well, here is what I thought.....
Ms. Chapman has woven a beautiful tale of the Amish in their gentle ways. In developing Miriam King, she shows that even though the Amish usually marry young and raise large families and their lives are centered on family, Miriam has waited to marry and is the "spinster" school teacher in the Amish school house.
Into the Pebble Creek community there is a new arrival, Gabriel Miller and his young daughter, who moves to this settlement of Amish from another in a different State. Both are old order Amish with similar guidelines and rules for their people. Gabriel is a widower having lost his wife three years prior. His young daughter is smart, artistic, and mute. Her ability to speak has not always been lacking, though. Just since losing her mother.
Miriam has a definite talent for working with children. And Gabriel has a definite desire to devoid himself and his daughter of interaction with the others in the community as much as is possible. However, the bucolic scene of country life and the Amish is not always a constant. Sorrow, danger, and a spirit of community mingle to break the shell of the hardest nut.
I heartily recommend this as an I-must-read book for those who especially love stories of the Amish, and an I-think-I-should-read this book for others who simply want a really good read.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of A Promise for Miriam by the author in exchange for my honest review with no obligation for a positive review. Opinions expressed are solely mine.
I thoroughly enjoyed Vannetta's look at the Amish of southwestern Wisconsin. Her heroine, Miriam, rings with authenticity. In A Promise for Miriam, the characters have realistic imperfections and encounter plenty of challenges to keep readers turning the pages. Their faith and strong sense of Christian community help them through life's difficult challenges. Vannetta's hero, Gabriel, is multi-dimensional and well-crafted. It was a joy to witness his change of heart. I eagerly look forward to the next installment of the delightful Pebble Creek Amish series.