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A Promise for Miriam (The Pebble Creek Amish #1)

4.42  ·  Rating Details ·  638 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews

A Promise for Miriam, the first book in a brand-new romantic series from popular author Vannetta Chapman, introduces the Amish community of Pebble Creek and some of the kind, caring people there. As they face challenges to their community from the English world, they come together to reach out to their non-Amish neighbors while still preserving their cherished Plain ways.

Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Harvest House Publishers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Feb 25, 2017 Melissa rated it it was amazing
can't wait for book 2
Vera Godley
Dec 20, 2012 Vera Godley rated it it was amazing
In the summer of 2012 I received a beautiful signed copy of A Promise for Miriam by Vannetta Chapman as a courtesy from the author. I sorely regret that it has taken me so many months to sit down and read this delightful story of the Amish of Pebble Creek. What a joy I missed by not reading it early after receiving it. Well, here is what I thought.....

Ms. Chapman has woven a beautiful tale of the Amish in their gentle ways. In developing Miriam King, she shows that even though the Amish usually
Jan 10, 2013 Judy rated it it was amazing
A Delightful Read!

I have read several books by author Vannetta Chapman and I have enjoyed them all. A Promise for Miriam did not let me down.

I fell in love with the Characters in this book. Who wouldn’t be concerned for Gabe who lost his wife to death 3 years ago. Would he ever get over losing his wife? Could he, would he, be able to move on? His eight year old daughter Grace captured my heart. She is simply adorable. Miriam, the school teacher, has never married but she is content with being
Jun 12, 2012 Pat rated it it was amazing
A good story about an Amish community in Wisconsin. A widower and his daughter, who has not spoken in 3 years move to the Pebble Creek community and struggle with their past. A school teacher struggles with decisions she has made for her future.
Rachel Brand

PROS: Wisconsin setting brings something new to the genre; great characterisation; engaging sub-plot

CONS: None!

Gabriel Yoder decides to uproot himself and his daughter and move to a new community in Wisconsin, hoping that this will help them to move on from the death of Hope, his wife and Grace’s mother. The Pebble Creek community is far more conservative than they’re used to – no indoor
Mercedes Cordero
Jan 22, 2013 Mercedes Cordero rated it it was amazing
It’s very unusual to find a romantic story with compelling main characters, heartwarming and moving back stories, well written second characters and side stories, a little suspense, a little funny side, and a beautiful message of love, grace and new beginnings. A Promise for Miriam has it all. This is the story of Miriam, a 26 year old Amish woman who by Amish standards should have married a few years ago and should be raising her own children instead of teaching other people’s children. She has ...more
May 06, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Miriam King loves her life in Pebble Creek, Wisconsin. She loves her teaching job at the local Amish school. At twenty six many wonder why she has not married. She is beautiful and adores her students. Gabriel Miller is a widow who decides to move to Pebble Creek. Gabe is determined to leave his past in Indiana and start a new life with his daughter Grace. Grace is an adorable little eight year old who has not spoken in three years. When Grace comes to Miriam’s school, Miriam is determined to he ...more
Mary Shipman
Aug 02, 2012 Mary Shipman rated it it was amazing
Eight year old Grace Miller does not speak. It is up to her new teacher, Miriam King to find the reason and help Grace find her voice.

Grace’s widowed father, Gabe, seems to oppose Miriam’s efforts as well as efforts of his new community to assist him in rehabilitating the derelict farm he has purchased.

When Grace is lost in a snow storm, Gabe realizes that he has to accept help, from the community and from Miriam. In doing so, he finds himself doing battle against a real estate tycoon who is try
Janie  R. Freeman
Jun 27, 2012 Janie R. Freeman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish
I loved it! What a wonderful story! The characters seemed so real to me- Grace was a really sweet girl, felt so bad for her loss, but she was strong and overcame her obstacles. Miriam was a great teacher who really cared about her students.I enjoyed reading of a day at an Amish school. I liked Gabe,he was a great father, but he like, held his feelings in, and others around him had to read his mind, esp. Miriam. I did like the way he stood up to Byron Drake!
It was very interesting to learn about
Barbara Shelton
Jun 23, 2012 Barbara Shelton rated it really liked it
Heart touching story, sweet miracles to ponder and beautifully written. The characters are life like and personalities are cleverly and clearly identified. Personally, I was impatient for certain things to happen, and was delighted with the way Vanetta handled their resolve. Well done, Vanetta - I'm looking forward to reading another of your writings. What do you suggest?
Susan Hollaway
Jan 23, 2013 Susan Hollaway rated it really liked it
Another winner by Vannetta Chapman! I really enjoyed reading Miriam and Gabe’s story and particularly liked Vannetta’s unique characterization. It was if I lived alongside them in the story. I’m looking forward to reading more books from the Pebble Creek Amish Series.

No spoilers here! You're going to have to read it. And I highly recommend it.
Apr 21, 2012 Sally rated it really liked it

Good, clean, quick, enjoyable read.
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
Official review forthcoming.
Kathleen E.
Jul 12, 2012 Kathleen E. rated it really liked it
Wednesday, July 11, 2012.
A Promise for Miriam by Vannetta Chapman, c2012

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
Mar 14, 2012 Louise rated it liked it
Story Description:

Amish school teacher, Miriam King loves her students. At 26, she hasn’t met anyone who can convince her to give up the Plain school at Pebble Creek. The newcomer Gabriel Yoder steps into her life, bringing his daughter, an air of mystery, and challenges Miriam has never faced before.

My Review:

Miriam King and Esther Schrocks taught together in a one room schoolhouse. The two teachers looked similar in appearance, had the same temperaments and could have passed as family. Esther
Jul 11, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing
I am an avid reader of Amish fiction, and I always get excited whenever Ms. Chapman writes a new story, because I know it's going to be a story with a positive message and wonderful characters about the culture that I love to read about "The Amish."

With "A Promise For Miriam" I found myself totally hooked on the story at the prologue. An Amish husband sitting at his wife's bedside as she passes away, and their five year old daughter crying for her Mamm. Heartbreaking to say the least, but then w
May 30, 2012 Paula-O rated it really liked it
Pebble Creek Amish series book #1 by Vannetta Chapman "A Promise for Miriam"

A Promise for Miriam, the first book in a brand-new romantic series from popular author Vannetta Chapman, introduces the Amish community of Pebble Creek and some of the kind, caring people there. As they face challenges to their community from the English world, they come together to reach out to their non-Amish neighbors while still preserving their cherished Plain ways.

Miriam is a schoolteacher and very proud of what s
Feb 03, 2012 Jodie rated it really liked it
Gabe Yoder and his daughter Grace move to Pebble Creek in order to make a new start after the death of his wife and Grace's mother, Hope. However, things aren't transitioning as smoothly as he would have hoped. The farm he purchased in need of much more repair than he originally thought and his stubborn streak refuses to allow him to ask for help from the others in the community. The other problem arises when Miriam King, the school marm, suggests a different method to help Grace begin speaking ...more
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Jul 07, 2012 Ibjoy1953 Hannabass rated it it was amazing
MY THOUGHTS ON A Promise For Mariam

After losing his wife, Gabe just wants to leave his Amish community and his family and get away from it all. He buys a rundown farm in Pebble Creek, moves he and his daughter Grace and hopes to stay to himself. He doesn’t need anyone for anything. Just make Gabe happy by leaving him alone.

Miriam King loves her job as a school teacher, and even though she is way past the marrying age for Amish young ladies, she is perfectly content with her students and doesn’t
Pam Burke
Jun 17, 2012 Pam Burke rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish
As anyone who follows my blog knows, Amish fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I've read lots of great books by several great authors. There are many similarities in most of these books -- not a bad thing at all -- but it is also nice to find the little differences that distinguish the various series or various authors.

A Promise for Miriam by Vannetta Chapman has all the elements that make for a great Amish story. Miriam King is a young Amish school teacher in Pebble Creek, Wisconsin. Sinc
Jan 06, 2014 Sonja rated it it was amazing
This book was such a good read! I was the lucky winner of this excellent book and hope that you will take the time to read this also. You can find Vannetta's link here.

Vannetta has written many Amish fiction books and her latest is Murder, Simply Brewed. This is from her Amish Village Mystery series.

Published in 2012, A Promise for Miriam is about a 26 year-old Amish woman, a teacher in the Amish community school. She loves teaching and those that she teaches. This heartwarming story is about Ga
Apr 25, 2012 Abbie rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Miriam is the school teacher and at the age of 26 she is not sure if she will ever marry. She has resigned herself to her teaching which she loves but when Gabriel Yoder shows up in her class room with a young mute little girl she finds herself struggling to keep the line between teacher and friend in check while she helps Grace to speak again. Gabe has moved to Pebble Creek to start over after losing his wife three years ago. He does not want help from anyone and only wants to raise hi
Aug 02, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Author: Vannetta Chapman
Publisher: Harvest House
July 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7369-4613-4
Genre: Amish/romance

Amish school teacher Miriam King loves teaching. Loves her students. And at her age, twenty-six, she figures she’ll never marry or have children of her own. She accepts that. And even relishes the fact that she’ll ever have to give up the Amish school she teaches.

Gabriel Miller has moved to Pebble Creek to escape. He’s lost his wife and his will to live. Only his eight y
Christian Fiction Addiction
Jul 11, 2012 Christian Fiction Addiction rated it really liked it
The latest offering from Vanetta Chapman offers much to please lovers of Amish fiction, celebrating the best of their culture and their faith by depicting the power of family and togetherness in the face of life's difficult storms. The first in a three-part series, A Promise for Miriam offers a solid beginning, by an author who excels at creating heart-warming characters. My favorite character in the story is actually Gabe's daughter Grace, who captured my heart from the opening scenes where she ...more
Feb 07, 2013 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
First off let me say first that this A Promise For Miriam is now my all-time favorite Amish novel. I don't know if it was the likable and real characters, the different location (Wisconsin), the storyline that was a little different than the average Amish story, or what it was...

One thing I like about this book is that Vannetta Chapman shows us that even though the Amish dress alike they are just as individual in personalities as the Englischers. Miriam is outspoken at times and you will love ho
Jun 20, 2012 Faye rated it really liked it
A completely enjoyable read, with wonderfully realistic and believable situations, and characters.

Wow! This was in my mind the perfect vacation read, charming, with a touch of humor, yet with a realness to it that drew me in. I absolutely loved the characters, and thought that they were well built. I especially liked how in this Amish Romance I got to see things from Gabe's daughter, Grace's prospective too! Which was different in an enjoyably refreshing way. This is the kind of book that I was
Aug 03, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
A Promise for Miriam ( The Pebble Creek Amish #1 )
By: Vannetta Chapman
I have read several of Vannetta Chapman's book and I have loved all of them. She knows how to grab your attention and hold you till you finish. A Promise for Miriam is the first book in The Pebble Creek romance series. I did not have any problem following the story or the characters. Miriam King is an Amish school teacher and is contented with her life and her students. Miriam is twenty-six and she has not met any man that she
Sep 04, 2014 D.J. rated it it was amazing
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From the first page, I knew I would find sadness, yet an enduring strength in the pages of A Promise For Miriam!

… and the moment Grace was introduced, it was clear that there would be difficult times ahead, to say the least. But I was compelled to keep reading.

Miriam, bless her heart, snagged my attention right from the beginning… a helpful, caring teacher, who wasn’t looking for more than she had, but I knew she deserved much more and hoped she would find it.

It’s difficult to review a story wi
April Suter
Aug 13, 2012 April Suter rated it it was amazing
Miriam loves teaching in her Pebble Creek Amish Wisconsin community. Gabe moves there for a new beginning with his daughter who lost her voice when she lost her mother. Tourism may move into the community so Gabe and Miriam are part of the team to discuss with the Amish and English what is the best way to go. I really enjoy reading the author's style which puts me right there at the events and ties my world to the happenings in the book.
Favorite parts of the book: page 179 "The child grows, fast
J.C. Morrows
I sit here, wiping tears out of my eyes and I am so Thankful I found these wonderful books, this amazing genre and Vannetta Chapman- an incredible author! God Bless you Vannetta! And Thank God for you!

This story reminds me again of why I love reading about the wonderfully simple lives the Amish live.

I don’t think there is any way we “Englisch” can truly understand the sacrifices and hardships and the joys and fulfillment that comes with their choices in life. But I really wish we could.

I wish mo
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Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She is the author of many novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series, and Plain and Simple Miracle series. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She currently writes Christian suspense, Amish romance, and Amish m ...more
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