Friday, July 15, 2011
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.
My Thoughts: Falling to Pieces was definitely a different twist on Amish fiction. Usually the books involve some member of the faith leaving or thinking of leaving and there is a love story but this one had neither but instead is a murder mystery. I enjoyed this 'new' genre and wonder if the second will be more of the first or will I get to learn more about Callie and her life before coming to Shipshewana. Either way I'll be looking forward to the second in this series.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy of Falling to Pieces available via NetGalley.