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Falling to Pieces (Shipshewana Amish Mystery #1)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  884 ratings  ·  195 reviews
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 w
Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published (first published September 20th 2011)
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Cathy Daniel
I read this book in one day! I could not put it down. I love the characters & the storyline (also appreciated it wasn't gruesome even for a murder mystery) but oh this is so much more than a mystery! It's about friendship & God's will & the good things He has ahead for us :) I love the potential for romance that it ended with and I have my definite opinions on that! Oh and I also loved how spunky Callie is . She's no wimp! I can't wait to start #2!
Falling to Pieces by Vannetta Chapman
Review by Kara Grant

*to this day, this remains one of my FAVORITE vannetta chapman books!*

Not your usual Amish buggy ride! (from the back cover)

My Review
Wow, what a DELIGHTFUL book! I have had the pleasure of getting to know Vannetta Chapman on facebook and have been eager to read her book for a while now. I highly recommend chatting and connecting with authors on facebook. It’s a chance to know what they like, how to pray for them, and it’s both a treat and
Excellent. Can't wait to read more books by this author. I really enjoyed the friendship between the Amish characters and the Englisher. I would love to live in a world like this.
Amish mystery by an author who has done several. Two are audiobooks. I like her writing style. All are available in local libraries.
Nov 26, 2011 Chrissy♥Dev rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a mystery
Recommended to Chrissy♥Dev by: the author
Shelves: mystery, contemporary
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Carrie Fancett 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 ...more
Regina Jennings
Falling to Pieces by Vannetta Chapman is about Callie Harper, pharmaceutical rep from Houston, who inherits her aunt’s quilt shop in Shipshewana, Indiana. Callie knows less about quilting than I do, but the Amish women in town rely on the shop to sell their quilts to the tourists on market days. Completely unfamiliar with the Amish, this thoroughly modern, conceal-and-carry approved woman (if you don’t know what that means you aren’t from Texas) is surprised to find herself accepted into the com ...more
Easy to read and enjoy! Enough suspense to keep you guessing! Life is full of changes and doesn't always go the way you think. Sometimes God has better unexpected plans! Callie experienced this as well as finding her new "normal" life. She had a few twists and turns in her path.
Falling to Pieces - Vannetta Chapman This is the first book in a new 3 book series. It connects the English with the Amish. Callie comes to town from Houston to see to her aunt's affairs. Her aunt Daisy owned a quilt shop in town before she died and Callie having suffered some heartache thinks a change of scenery for a little bit might be healing to her. She is not interested in making friends – she is just there to sell the shop and move on – although she is not sure where she is moving on to. ...more
Mercedes Cordero
Oh, this is a very intriguing mystery. Mrs. Chapman does a wonderful job of combining Amish and English life, presenting both equally and in a true to life form, and mixing it up with murder. She really is a very skilled writer. Callie is a character that almost anyone can relate with, and Deborah is the one you wish you could be more like. Although you will know the murder victim since the beginning, you will not guess who or why. And let me tell you: I thought the book was very well written, w ...more
There are just some times in life when you feel you're doing what is right or making a new start, and then it seems like everything falls apart. That's how Callie feels. She has moved from Houston to Shipshewana, Amish country, in order to clear up her aunt's possessions. As soon as Callie arrives, she realizes Shipshewana is going to be a big adjustment from Houston. When she befriends the local Amish ladies, things finally start going in a positive direction. That is until the local newspaper ...more

I read them backwards. LOL I read A Perfect Square first which is the sequel to Falling to Pieces. But it was all good!! I love mysteries and Amish fiction and Christian romance and I got all these rolled into one with Falling to Pieces. Callie comes to Shipshewana, Indiana from her home in Texas to sell her aunt's quilt shop....or so she thinks. Callie has known great sorrow in losing most of her family and yet, she finds not only a mystery to solve but friends. True friends who come to help yo
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This is one occasion when reading the cover blurb can give a person slightly the wrong impression. I had the feeling that the two main characters, Callie (Englisher,) and Deborah, (Amish) had differences more than just their ways of living. So, I was more than pleased when I found out quickly that the two women were forging a lasting friendship.

Ms. Chapman took the time to produce an 'Amish' or Pennsylvanian Dutch glossary. This was fun to read and it allowed me to enjoy the book all that much m
Lynne Young
I had heard a lot of good things about this book so when I got it I was anxious to read it. I was not disappointed! From the first page you are swept up into the story. I think the thing that struck me the most was how real the characters were. Deborah Yoder, Amish, and Callie Harper, Englisher, formed an unlikely friendship when Callie arrived in Shipshewana to close up the quilt shop she had inherited from her aunt. Deborah, who made quilts with 2 other friends had an agreement with Callie's a ...more
Judy Iliff
Kathryn H recommended this book to me because she knows I like 1)cozies, 2)quilting, 3)stories centered around the amaish. Falling to Pieces fit the bill in all 3 areas.

Callie goes to Shipshewana, IN, to settle her aunt's estate. The aunt owned Daisy's Quilt Shop and sold quilts for some of the Amish women. When Callie gets to Shipshe (as they call it), her plan is to sell everything and then move on. Instead, she learns that she needs to actually operate the shop so people will be drawn to a pr
Amish murder mystery! If you like Agatha Christie you'll get a kick out of this novel, for both the writing style and the mentions of the author.
One of my issues with Amish romances is the tendency to give the characters all a horrific tragedy in their past and make part of the subplot a lesson on accepting every thing as gods will, it might make good christan lessons but it makes for horrible plots, Falling to Pieces didn't suffer from this. The lessons in trusting god were subtle and well wove
E. Rena Lawrence

This book is an excellent Amish mystery. The story had me wondering who the bad person was and how did the newspaper editor really die? I can't wait to read the next book by this author!
I loved this "cozy mystery". The main characters, Esther, Deborah, Melinda, three Amish women, and Callie an Englisher who comes to take over her aunt's quilt shop upon her death, all find themselves involved with the police in mystery, murder, and mayhem. When Callie is accused of the crime, the three Amish friends come to the aid of their new Englisher friend. Looking forward to more "cozy mysteries" from this author.
This is Book One in a series of three but can easily be read alone; however, you will definitely want to finish the series. Falling to Pieces is full of mystery and friendship of women who are not alike in their beliefs or dress but alike in their need to help others. You will enjoy all the twists and turns in familiar Vannetta Chapman fashion.
Who knew that the three words Amish, quilting, and mysteries combine to form a genre of fiction? They do, and this is a good introduction to it. Callie inherits her aunt's quilt shop in Shipsewana, Indiana, a small community with Amish farm families and Englisch farm and other families and individuals. Callie is befriended by three Amish quilters and becomes involved in a murder mystery as she learns about Amish ways and possibly owning a quilt shop. The plot is entertaining and the characters a ...more
Sarah Price
I liked Vannetta Chapman's style of writing very much. The story line was different, especially given that it takes place in an Amish community. It took me by surprise that it wasn't very "Amishy" (by my standards) but that did not detract from my enjoyment of the story. I'll be purchasing more books by Chapman.
Linda Lou
A nice little mystery amongst the Amish. As an heir of a quilt shop, she is destined to open it in return for Amish goodness and for the drive to disclose the murderer roaming their town.
This book was awesome. It had me laughing, wondering, and even crying. It's about friendship, family, and faith with a mystery incorporated in.
Excellent mystery set in Amish community of Shipshewana, IN. Very likeable characters, wonderful sense of place.
Karen Syed
Falling to Pieces is the first "Amish" book I've read and I am very glad I started with it. Vanetta Chapman has a wonderful way with characters and developing setting. I am impressed that she could make the setting such an integral part of the emotional balance. Callie, Deborah, and all the other characters are so well blended.

Chapman does a wonderful job with the suspenseful theme of the story. There were a few times I wondered if there was room for one more man to come into Callie's life, but
A fun and amazing look into a mystery centered around the main character finding herself.
Falling to Pieces is the first in the quilt shop murder mysteries and my first book by Vannetta Chapman. I already just downloaded the second book to my tablet since I really enjoyed this one.

Callie moves to Shipshewana after her aunt passes away. She intends to sort out her aunt's things and sell her quilt shop, then move on. She meets three Amish women on the first day in the quilt shop. Deborah, one of the woman, convinces her to auction their quilts for them on eBay. Little does Callie know
This is a fun whodunit mystery taking place in the Amish town of Shipshewana. After Callie's aunt passes, she arrives from Texas with the intent of selling her aunt's quilt shop. After a little coaxing the Amish ladies that provided quilts for the shop, convince her to re-open the now forlorn looking shop. Deborah's family comes to help Callie restore the shop and clean the grounds.

Deborah, one of the Amish women quilters and Callie work together to sell some of the quilts on EBay. The editor o
This is a fun whodunit mystery taking place in the Amish town of Shipshewana. After Callie's aunt passes, she arrives from Texas with the intent of selling her aunt's quilt shop. After a little coaxing the Amish ladies that provided quilts for the shop, convince her to re-open the now forlorn looking shop. Deborah's family comes to help Callie restore the shop and clean the grounds.

Deborah, one of the Amish women quilters and Callie work together to sell some of the quilts on EBay. The editor o
Tina Rice
Falling To Pieces by Vannetta Chapman, A Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series, book 1*****
by Vannetta Chapman

Callie Harper is in Shipshewana staying in her Aunt Daisy's apartment above the Daisy's Quilt Shop her aunt owned and loved. Callie had not seen her aunt in years but when she unexpectedly dies Callie finds she has inherited the shop. Since she doesn't know anything about running a quilt shop, she plans to sell it as quickly as possible and return to Texas. She also inherited Max, Aunt Dais
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Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania.

Her novel, Falling to Pieces, was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award winner for
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