Review of: Falling to Pieces- a Shipshewana Amish Mystery by Vannetta Chapman
Do you enjoy quilting or love the intricate piecing and needlework involved in creating an heirloom quilt?
It will come as no surprise that quilting is the connecting thread throughout this Shipshewana Mystery, Falling to Pieces. Threads, needlework scissors, pins and quilting, along with a misty image of a horse-drawn buggy, feature on the book cover. And, too, the setting for the prologue with its first hints of mystery is Daisy's Quilting Shop plus, you'll find a large part of the book and the dramatic closing scenes all occur at the quilting shop.
(Just as an aside, I really like the cover design of this book. I've seen an earlier print edition of this book and much prefer this version of the cover.)
Callie Harper, escaping recent personal tragedy, reluctantly reopens her late aunt Daisy's quilt shop and joins forces with three Amish women, Deborah, Esther and Melinda, to sell their beautiful handcrafted quilts. Mystery deepens with a murder, and the evidence grows and mounts against Callie.
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There are plenty of mysteries, puzzles and lessons throughout but perhaps the greatest for Callie is learning and growing a greater understanding of how God can use pain in our lives.
But Callie is strengthened, encouraged and supported by her new friends. As Deborah Yoder, points out, "Families and friendships are like quilts- each person intricately connected to the other."
Who will enjoy reading this book?
Well, I certainly did. You won't find 'edge-of-your-seat' suspense but if you enjoy a good mystery, you'll find plenty here, as well as the hint of romance. The book is set in Shipshewana and taps into the current popularity of Amish novels for greater appeal. And, Falling to Pieces is the first in a series so, if you enjoy it, you can look forward to more mysteries to follow.
This book also includes a helpful Glossary of some of the Amish words used in the book and an explanation of their meaning and... discussion questions for personal use or book clubs.
Grab yourself a copy or download it, add some atmosphere with a cozy quilt, get comfy and read this first-in-the-series book and see if you can piece together the clues to solve this Amish mystery.
If you enjoy quilting, you'll be pleased to know that the author, Vannetta Chapman, has provided a free companion resource: Amish Quilting.