A unique addition to the Amish fiction genre: My review of "Falling to Pieces" by Vannetta Chapman

Falling to Pieces

When the elderly owner of Daisy's Quilt Shop passes away, her niece, Callie Harper, comes to town with the intention of quickly seeing to her aunt's things, selling the shop, and returning to her life in Texas. However, Amish neighbour Deborah Yoder has other ideas, and her determination to see the shop re-opened to enable her and her friends to sell their quilts for much needed income soon convinces Callie to try her hand at running the quilt shop. But when Callie and Deborah decide to try selling the quilts on ebay, they find themselves under the criticism of the editor of the local paper, and Callie ends up in a very public confrontation with the man. When he is later found dead, Callie suddenly finds herself the main suspect in a murder investigation. Deborah and Callie "must work together to attempt to solve the mystery and catch a killer".

Vanetta Chapman has written a unique addition to the Amish fiction genre, with quirky characters and a mystery full of twists of turns. I have no doubt that readers will soon find themselves enamored with Callie and Deborah and will be rooting both for their attempts to make the quilt shop successful and also to uncover the truth and solve the mystery. I found the book to be well-paced and to hold my attention throughout, and the plot is interesting enough to make it stand out from the crowded field of Amish books that are available today. I did have to suspend my belief a bit at the conclusion of the book, especially that Deborah's Amish husband would not put up any fuss to his wife playing bait to try and catch someone suspected of murder. However, that one plot element aside, I felt the story was well-written and had a satisfying conclusion. I look forward to seeing what these characters will be up to in the next installment of the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series! 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Zondervan, for the purposes of this unbiased review.


Vannetta Chapman has published more than 100 articles in Christian family magazines. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Vannetta is a multi-award-winning member of Romance Writers of America. She was a teacher for 15 years and currently resides in the Texas Hill country. Her first two inspirational novels—A Simple Amish Christmas and Falling to Pieces—were Christian Book Distributors bestsellers.

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