Falling to Pieces

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Falling to Pieces

A Shipshewana Amish Mystery, #1

In this first book of a 3 book series. Author Vannetta Chapman brings a somewhat fresh spin to the ever popular Amish fiction genre. She takes components people love in Amish books, faith that will leave the reader wondering right till the last stitch in the quilt. When two women, both very different, one English, one Amish- each with very different reasons, join together to have an online quilt auction neither one expects or wants a friendship. Deborah and Calle are uneasy, but just want to make the best of a temporary situation. But a murder, a prime suspect, a my way or no way detective, and the reaction of the town throw the two women together and they form an unlikely pair to solve a mystery and nab a killer.

Set in the well known Shipshewana, FALLING TO PIECES will attract fans of the rapidly growing genre of Amish fiction. Can you relate to either of these characters.? Maybe the contrast between Deborah and Callie? Deborah dressed, working on something she likes to do while Callie is under the covers, no food and no plans. I feel the garden of has real and casual friends. Well, real friends are those that stick by you no matter what. Casual friends you might go out to a movie with or have a cup of coffee with. The book was well written and flowed very well. I loved the fact that you never knew what would happen next. The author was very descriptive of the characters and the surroundings. The comparisons of the people were like night and day. I loved that, no one was similar to anyone else. I think of an Amish community of being void of violence, but they have their problems too, such as this murder that took place. It really makes you wonder who the killer is. Is it someone from the town or an outsider? I didn't like the fact that Esther went to this garden to ease her pain. We all have pain from one thing or another but there always isn't an outlet. So I can see where the garden would be a quiet, comforting place to let some of that hurt and pain go into the ground. Read this, It's quite a book. I'd give it 4 stars.


Deborah Yoder needs to sell her quilts. Callie Harper has reluctantly inherited her aunt's quilting store. Deborah is Amish, tall and hearty, the mother of five. Callie is English, petite, young and single. They form an unlikely partnership. Deborah reveals her plan to auction her quilts...online...in a town where few residents ever have electricity.

In the tiny community of Shipshewana, what could be more implausible?

A murder.

And when circumstances and a relentless detective point to a surprising prime suspect, Deborah and Callie set aside their differences aside and work together in an attempt to solve the mystery and catch a killer.

In FALLING TO PIECES the first in a three book series, author Vannetta Chapman blends the best components of Amish fiction with a great who-done-it twist. You'll be glad she did. Two women, an auction, a dead body and one friendship Quilt. Shipshewana will never be the same.

Book Blurb for Falling to Pieces

In this first book of a three-book series, author Vannetta Chapman brings a fresh twist to the popular Amish fiction genre. She blends the familiar components consumers love in Amish books---faith, community, simplicity, family---with an innovative who-done-it plot that keeps readers guessing right up to the last stitch in the quilt. When two women---one Amish, one English---each with different motives, join forces to organize a successful on-line quilt auction, neither expects nor wants a friendship. As different as night and day, Deborah and Callie are uneasy partners who simply want to make the best of a temporary situation. But a murder, a surprising prime suspect, a stubborn detective, and the town's reaction throw the two women together, and they form an unlikely alliance to solve a mystery and catch a killer. Set in the well-known Amish community of Shipshewana, Falling to Pieces will attract both devoted fans of the rapidly-growing Amish fiction genre, as well as those who are captivated by the Amish way of life.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2013 4.00