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.
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'Falling to Pieces' was different than all the other Amish novels that I have read, but in a good way! The way that the Amish lifestyle was woven together with a murder mystery was unbelievably good!
I really enjoyed seeing a different side to the Amish people. In all the other Amish novels that I have read (and I have read a lot of them!), they seem to be very dull. Don't get me wrong, I love reading about them, but I could never see myself living like them because they never seem to have any fun. It's all work, work, work and when they aren't working, the women always seem to be sewing - which to me is work (maybe fun, but work none-the-less). In 'Falling to Pieces' you see them playing games, being very friendly with non-Amish (or Englisch) people, etc.
'Falling to Pieces' is a great story of friendship with a fun mystery and just a smidgen of romance. If you like a good whodunit or you love reading about the Amish, than this book is for you! I highly recommend it!
*** I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done. ***
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Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Paperback: 366 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (September 27, 2011)
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