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Julia Beechy is so stunned, she can hardly breathe. Her mother's announcement that she must either marry or move from the family home upon her mother's imminent death catches Julia by surprise. How can she leave the only home she has ever known? What about her dream of opening her own Plain cafi?

When Caleb Zook offers support, comfort, and a solution, Julia is afraid to accept it. Can she marry someone she barely knows? Is it the right thing to do? Is this God's plan for her future?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0736946160
ISBN-13: 9780736946162
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Series: Pebble Creek Amish

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A Wedding for Julia, the third book in a romantic series from popular author Vannetta Chapman, takes a last look at the Amish community of Pebble Creek and the kind, caring people there. As they face challenges from the English world, they come together to reach out to their non-Amish neighbors while still preserving their cherished Plain ways.

Julia Beechy is so stunned, she can hardly breathe. Her mother's announcement that she must either marry or move from the family home upon her mother's imminent death catches Julia by surprise. How can she leave the only home she has ever known? What about her dream of opening her own Plain café?

When Caleb Zook offers support, comfort, and a solution, Julia is afraid to accept it. Can she marry someone she barely knows? Is it the right thing to do? Is this God's plan for her future?

Caleb thought his time for marrying was long past, but he feels a stirring in his heart he cannot shake for this beautiful, forlorn woman. Amid the circumstances of this life-altering decision, the people of Pebble Creek weather the worst storm to hit Wisconsin in the last hundred years. Where will Julia and Caleb be on the other side of it?

Author Bio

Vannetta Chapman has published more than 100 articles in Christian family magazines. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather's birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Vannetta is a multi-award-winning member of Romance Writers of America. She was a teacher for 15 years and currently resides in the Texas Hill country. Her first two inspirational novels--A Simple Amish Christmas and Falling to Pieces--were Christian Book Distributors bestsellers.

Editorial Reviews

"It has been a very long time since a book has touched me like A Wedding for Julia has. I love Pebble Creek and the community of people that Vannetta has caused us to cherish. It is just a lovely book that will hold your heart long after you read the last sentence."
--Peggy Rayburn

"One of the very best Amish fiction books ever. This book leaves you thinking about the story line long after you close the last page of the book and yearn for more. This book leaves the reader wanting a Pebble Creek reunion."
--Lorri Graves

"Wow. The way Vannetta Chapman writes captures all of me and I feel as if I am walking through her books as a character. The first two books in this trilogy were fantastic and I recommended them, but this final book is awesome. It takes you to places that no other Amish novel that I have read has taken me. The voice she writes with is so current and aware of the rest of the world, but captures the Amish way and how they would seem to respond to life events so realistically. Not only is this a book you won't want to put down, but when you are done with it, it will be engrained in your mind for a time to come."
--Jayme Fanucci

"A Wedding for Julia is well-written and an easy-read--you will find yourself anxious to get to the next chapter. I loved the use of the Psalms throughout the book, the faith exhibited that God is in control, and the hope and love that is shown even to total strangers. I definitely recommend this book as well as A Promise for Miriam and A Home for Lydia in the Pebble Creek series."
--Linda McFarland

"A Wedding for Julia is a true delight on many levels. All of the characters are created in a way that makes you love them, cheer for them and want to wipe away their tears. Once the storm begins, fasten your seatbelt!  You are taken on a journey so well described that you feel every force of Mother Nature.  Thank you, Ms. Chapman, for sharing your remarkable gift with us!"
--Kate Kleinert

"This book spoke to my heart in so many ways. God's word jumped out at me throughout the pages. I read this book with a roller coaster of emotions--I found the tears falling as I read through the last pages of this book and I did not want the story to end. It was that good! I hope that we will see another book following up on what happened to these characters that stole my heart."
--Judy Burgi

"The character development was outstanding. To me, a truly great book has to allow me to identify with at least one of the characters. This book met this need in a big way. The plot is full of unexpected twists and turns. I was totally entranced as I read. This book is definitely a page turner."
--Karla Hanns, karla-hanns-karla.blogspot.ca

"Vannetta Chapman has done it again--she has written another truly wonderful Amish novel. In A Wedding for Julia, the story and characters grasp readers on the first page and don't release them until the final page is turned. I promise you will become attached to the characters and will laugh and cry with them as you would with members of your own family."
--Susan Simpson

"I loved how this was a story of relationships that were far from perfect and how by God's grace and mercy they were able to come through adversity. This is not the normal bonnet book and actually had a meatier story than most. I love Vannetta's writing because she is full of description and you feel as if you are a part of her story. This is one of the most beautiful stories I've yet to read."
--Donita Corman

"A Wedding for Julia is proof that Pebble Creek is an example of a little piece of God's handiwork in a place to live.  The reader is drawn in once again and becomes a part of Pebble Creek. Each book in the series connects the old characters with new, and I hope we get to read more in a continued story."
--Judy Corbin

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  1. Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Filled with Amish Charm and Suspense!
    September 25, 2014
    Nancee
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Vannetta Chapman has a fabulous talent for diversity in her writing. A Wedding for Julia is a warm and tender account of life at many levels. Several themes are introduced including Amish teen rumspringa, middle age romance, aging, dreams coming to fruition and community. I loved Ada, Julia's mother. She has a Psalm for every situation, and although not quoted directly from the bible the meaning is just the same and so appropriate. Unexpected events tripped me up and caused me to hold my breath. There is no predicting which way this storyline is going to go which makes it unique when compared to many Amish fiction books. The added suspense will keep you turning pages while the clock ticks the hours away!

    Grab a copy of this final book in The Pebble Creek Amish Series and enjoy! Although this is a series book, it could be read as a stand alone. I goofed and read the third installment before the second, and had no trouble following the story line. Buy the entire series, however! I read "A Promise for Miriam" when it first released, and can't wait to read "A Home for Lydia!" This series is entertaining, exciting and a beautiful example of life in an Amish community. The author does her homework through indepth research of the Amish communities about which she writes.

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
  2. Tennessee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wow! Vannetta Chapman can weave a story!
    September 16, 2014
    DonnasBookshelf
    Tennessee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In A Wedding For Julia, when I discovered that upon the event of their deaths, Julias parents had made previous arrangements to send their daughter back to their hometown a place shed never been I was a bit irate!

    After all, Julia isnt a child shes in her mid 30s!

    When I mentioned it to my daughter, whos also in her mid 30s, she agreed with me. She had several unfavorable comments regarding such a ridiculous decision made by parents, who obviously didnt think much of the idea of grown children being able to make their own choices!

    However, after considering how I might feel if I thought my only child might be left on her own, I realized that their arrangement made much sense. On the contrary, it makes no sense to not make some sort of plans for your unmarried daughter, who will be all alone in the world. Of course, she had others in the community, but thats not the same at all.

    And as I kept reading, I found that Julias parents had made the best choice for their daughter; indeed, she might never have married if not for these arrangements!

    Wow! Vannetta Chapman can weave a story!

    She did a superb job with this series the different location introduced a group with different problems! It completely took me by surprise! The research Vannetta went through to write this series really brought the characters to life. I was so engrossed nothing seemed to disturb my concentration

    Without exposing too much, it is difficult to describe how eloquent and inspirational this story is for readers; I laughed and cried with Julia, Caleb, Sharon and Ada. I was touched by their faith and their devotion to family and friends even their Englisch friends.

    Whoa and the major events that take place here Vannetta successfully describes the situation in such detail, I could feel the wind buffeting me, the heat surrounding me, the tension mounting, the loud roar and the terror that Julia and the others were experiencing.

    If you havent taken time to read this series, I urge you to do so now you will not be disappointed.

    I cant wait to read the last story in this series Christmas at Pebble Creek another free short story available in digital format for Vannettas readers.
  3. Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love comes late in Pebble Creek
    May 27, 2014
    Magister
    Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    There is so much to like about this book - "old" characters that I have already grown to love, and new ones that I have so much in common with, all set in the gentle world of Pebble Creek. Julia is a 37 year old spinster still living at home with her recently widowed mother, Ada. Like me, she loves to cook and is chronically tidy - and she worries about her shrinking mother who struggles with signs of dementia. She has a dream of opening a cafe...and her mother has a dream of seeing her married! Quiet Caleb Zook makes both of these wishes come true with about 200 pages left to go. What else does Vannetta Chapman have in store for us? The old homestead becomes more than the site of a successful cafe. The Zooks take in a struggling teen-aged relative, and Ada's gifts of prayer and compassion reach another generation. Then a hundred-year storm threatens to undo all the hard work and happiness they have achieved - or will it? With characteristic plot twists and true-to-life emotions, Chapman makes me glad once again to visit Pebble Creek.
  4. USA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Wedding For Julia
    May 21, 2014
    Sunnie
    USA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    t has actually been a little while since I read A Wedding for Julia, but now I am trying to recall things and reading a bit of it again so that I hopefully remember things correctly. I do remember that I really enjoyed this book and that is why I wanted to write about it on my blog.

    This book is part of a series of Amish books but was actually the first book of the series that I read. I think that I might need to take some time to read books 1 and 2 because this one was so enjoyable to read.

    The main character is Julia Beechy. Her mother, Ada, tells her that she has to marry or move from the family home when she passes. Her mother Ada insists that the house be sold and that Julia moves back to Pennsylvania where relatives are still living. But Julia has lived in Pebble Creek her whole life and had hoped to realize a dream of opening a cafe. Because of her mother's failing health, Julia is very concerned as to what direction her future will lead her. This causes lots of stress and worry for Julia. She is not sure how she will go about changing this situation that her mother unexpectedly caused.

    Caleb Zook, who, like Julia, is also getting older than the expected marriage age of the Amish, suggests that they marry in order to help Julia out of this predicament. But Julia is unsure whether she could marry someone she doesn't love even though Caleb is a helpful man, and a very hard worker. As they get to know one another, perhaps some feelings are being kindled that surprise both of them.

    A horrible tornado comes to Pebble Creek like has not been seen in this area of Wisconsin in more than one hundred years. The Amish people must now do what Amish people seem to do very well and that is to help their friends and neighbors and pray that all survive the terrible destruction.

    The characters, Caleb and Julia seem to mesh together well as they work together after the storm. The community comes together when the need is there, also. As I read this book, I couldn't put it down. I am also grateful to authors such as Vannetta Chapmann who write books of a Christian nature that have good moral values, as well as guidelines for each of us on working together and building strong family relationships. An excellent book! I just loved it! It's a wonderful story and well worth reading!
  5. Frederick, MD
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Wedding For Julia by Vannetta Chapman
    March 19, 2014
    MrsTina
    Frederick, MD
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A Wedding for Julie: The Pebble Creek Amish Series by Vannetta Chapman*****

    Julia Beechy lives at home with her mamm (mother), Ada, who suffers from arthritis and what appears to be early Alzheimer's. Julia loves to cook and bake and it has been a longtime dream of hers to open a cafe in her childhood home in Pebble Creek, Wisconsin. However, she is not sure how to approach her mamm with the idea or even if she would agree with Julia's plan. But before she can talk to her about turning their home into a cafe, Ada shocks Julia with news about what will become of their home once Ada is gone too. What will become of Julia's dream? What does God have in store for her?

    As Caleb Zook drives his horse and buggy delivering groceries to his Amish community, his mind wonders as he longs for a friend and hopefully one day to find a wife. As he nears the Beechy home he prays earnestly for a friend. As he learns of Julia's shocking news, he tries to comfort her as best he can. Can they together come up with a solution that will satisfy Ada? God answers Caleb's prayer in an unexpected way. Will he recognize God's answer?

    As Caleb and Julia struggle to come to some kind of decision that could very well alter their lives in ways they can not foresee, one of the worse storms in years hits Pebble Creek. Can they pick up the pieces of the destruction the storm has left behind? Is there hope for Julia, for Caleb?

    I like the way Vannetta Chapman develops her characters in real-to-life struggles we each can identify with. There is much to glean from her stories, stories of hope, life-challenges we all face, friends and family as well as community that comes together when tragedy strikes and lends a helping hand. Woven through these struggles is hope, love, faith and God's love.

    ~~I received a copy of this book from the author for my review~~
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