This book was such a good read! I was the lucky winner of this excellent book and hope that you will take the time to read this also. You can find Vannetta's link here.
Vannetta has written many Amish fiction books and her latest is Murder, Simply Brewed. This is from her Amish Village Mystery series.
Published in 2012, A Promise for Miriam is about a 26 year-old Amish woman, a teacher in the Amish community school. She loves teaching and those that she teaches. This heartwarming story is about Gabriel Miller who moves to Cashton, Wisconsin from his former home in Indiana. He finds himself in a much more conservative order than what he is accustomed to, yet a warm, friendly and helpful community.
Gabe is a widower with an eight year-old daughter, who has not spoken since the death of her mother. He and his daughter, Grace, meet the school teacher, Miriam where Grace begins to attend school. Gabe is somewhat taken aback when Miriam tries to encourage Grace to try to speak again. He feels this might be too difficult and informs Miriam of this fact causing some friction between them.
Because of the frightening incidents that occur, Gabe softens both towards Miriam and to the new community he has come to love and depend upon.
This book shares the importance of healing, friendship, community spirit, and love towards your fellow man. As their little community becomes involved in situations, both important to the Englisch and the Amish, Gabe plays an important role in matters of a civic nature. It is good to read how, even though there are differences in the Amish and Englisch, teamwork and community efforts can work out for all involved.
A Promise for Miriam is a warm and cozy read that will leave you wanting to read the rest of the series of The Pebble Creek Amish books by Vannetta Chapman.
A Promise for Miriam is truly a story of unconditional love. Miriam is a schoolteacher and she opens her heart and her mind to the fact that there is no one out of reach of our Savior. She meets Gabe, a newcomer to the community, and his daughter Grace, her student. Author, Vannetta Chapman, draws you into the lives of these three people and shares the heartaches of loss, and the redemption of our King through healing. I enjoyed this story, and quickly became enthralled into the lives of the characters as if they were my own family. Grace truly takes the stage in A Promise for Miriam!
A Promise for Miriam by Vannetta Chapman, the first book in the Pebble Creek Amish series tugs at the heart. Miriam King has lovingly taught Amish scholars for the past decade. She doesn't know if she'll ever marry because she finds teaching so fulfilling.
When Gabriel Miller moves with his motherless daughter, Grace, to Miriam's small Wisconsin community, he attempts to keep to himself as he struggles to fix up the rundown farm he purchased sight unseen. Eight-year-old Grace presents an additional challenge to both her father and her new teacher. How can they help her?
Although Gabe and Miriam sense an attraction to each other, Gabe hesitates because he has little to offer and another Amishman from a wealthy family wants to court her. Will she choose either of them or remain content with her single life?
The characters in this book are so real and the story springs to life with the challenges and growth they experience. It does slow down mid-book, but that gives the reader more time to spend with these new friends.
This is the first in a series. I read the second in the series, A Home for Lydia, first but each is a stand-alone book. I adore little Grace in both books. She puts precocious on the map! You fall in love with the characters and root for them as they find their way through life. I so admire the Amish way and Vannetta's real-to-life approach to writing helps me get back to what is important in my own life. You will enjoy this book.
An excellent Amish story about building a family..
February 22, 2013
First off let me say first that this A Promise For Miriam is now my all-time favorite Amish novel. I don't know if it was the likable and real characters, the different location (Wisconsin), the storyline that was a little different than the average Amish story, or what it was...
One thing I like about this book is that Vannetta Chapman shows us that even though the Amish dress alike they are just as individual in personalities as the Englischers. Miriam is outspoken at times and you will love how she tricks her brother, not exactly stereotypical Amish.
I identified much with Miriam, even down to liking the middle cinnamon rolls because they are softest.
She became a friend for awhile and I will definitely be coming back to visit her, not only in the next books in the series, but her own book will be re-read with appreciation.
Gabe is a good man, loves his daughter and simply wants to build a life for them with peace and no prying eyes.
Grace is the most lovable little girl I have read about in ages! She is loving, talented, and smart.
This book is well written, with plenty of family warmth and a dash of romance that isn't saccharine. Once again the little-movie-projector-in-my-head had plenty to work with, the descriptions of Pebble Creek in Wisconsin are lovely and made me wish I could just drive there and spend some time.
A Promise For Miriam is a gentle and very enjoyable trip into the Amish country of Wisconsin.