Falling to Pieces by Vannetta Chapman

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    It has a soothing quality to it despite the suspense and the murder mystery.

    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.

    Review by Ronna:

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    Mix in a friendly Amish community, four close knit quilters, a sad /lonely newcomer woman ‘Englisher’whose just inherited the town’s quilt shop, and mix in a little Agatha Christie, a bit more of God’s Word, some heroes and bad guys, and you have this five star mystery called “Falling to Pieces” by Vannetta Chapman.

    I am SO glad it’s the first in a three book series because I really want more of this great community!!

    Though God’s word explained a great deal in this story, I believe that His “All things work for good for them that love the Lord” was not mentioned, though I believe it summed up this story perfectly! Looking forward to reading more of the development between these interesting folks and how quilts, friendships, and God Will go to make up Vannetta’s next mystery. A surprisingly terrific read—recommend it highly!!

    Review by Carrie Francett Pagels:

    Callie is a young widow who comes to Shippshewanna after her beloved aunt dies. Auntie owned a quilt shop and several Amish women are reliant upon her to sell their quilts. One of the women has a significant need for the funds as she has a child with a rare illness. Callie is a spunky woman from a big city in Texas suddenly in small town Indiana. A real fish out of water.

    But as the story progresses one senses she was a goldfish swimming in the ocean who needed to be in a tank, required the cozy closeness that provided. Lovely job of dropping that into the story over time. The Amish quilters are lovely women, each with distinct voices that are also unlike most other Amish stories I have heard.

Callie hasn’t gotten over the loss of her husband, in fact doesn’t even share this with her new friends until very late in the book. She is an endearing character despite her prickly behavior, which furthers the story line, especially when she becomes the prime suspect in a murder.

    This is not a romance but there are a couple of romantic possibilities. By the end of the story we have a real possibility for a boyfriend in the next book, which I am looking forward to reading/listening to!

    It’s like having a girlfriend in your room with you telling you the story. While it is a suspense/mystery it has a cozy feel and is not knuckle whitening. It has a soothing quality to it despite the suspense and the murder mystery. It may be one of the first women’s fiction reads I’ve read in a long time, but Vannetta’s book almost defies genres.

I plan to listen to this book again sometime as I really liked it and it has the qualities of a repeat listen – great voice, characterization, and pleasing story line.