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Falling to Pieces (Shipshewana Amish Mystery #1)

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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
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 26th 2011 by Zondervan (first published September 20th 2011)
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Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A pleasant enough story with a light mystery and likeable characters.
Cathy Daniel
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
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!
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Author: Vannetta Chapman
Publisher: Zondervan
September 2011
ISBN: 978-0310330431
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary/mystery

Deborah Yoder is an Amish woman, married, with five children. But she has two friends who are both needy. One has lost her husband, and is relying on the community for support and care, the other has a seriously ill child and needs a lot of money for medical care. Deborah and her friends start stitching quilts which they sell locally at Daisy’s Quilt Sho
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Bev Haynes
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic Mystery!

What an enjoyable story. The characters felt like they were my friends. The mystery was breath taking and I didn’t figure it out until it was revealed.
Carrie Pagels
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Sarah Price
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Amish mystery by an author who has done several. Two are audiobooks. I like her writing style. All are available in local libraries.
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it

I'm still not sure why Christian fiction so heavily features the Amish. Is it so hard to envision a life dedicated to God with the inclusion of electricity? Anyway, Shipshewana, where this series takes place, is just down the road from where I live, so I took the bait.

Sure, there is a little too many facts about Shipshewana and Amish lifestyle forced into awkward dialogue, but I had few other issues with is story. The narrator was actually my biggest difficulty. The prologue of this book begins
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a mystery
Recommended to Chrissy♥Dev by: the author
Shelves: contemporary, mystery
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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.
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!
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish, book
This book was awesome. It had me laughing, wondering, and even crying. It's about friendship, family, and faith with a mystery incorporated in.
Dewey Carroll Brackett
Wonderful book!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The church were all well developed and you felt like you knew them. The mystery was good and was eventually solved by the lead characters. No profanity was a big plus.
Laurie Carlson

“Falling to Pieces, A Shipshewana Amish Mystery” by Vannetta Chapman

Callie, from Austin, Texax, is not Amish, and neither is her aunt who just passed away in Shipshewana, Indiana, where she was just found dead face down in her garden, the same place she owns a quilt shop.. Callie needs to go to the Quilt Shop her aunt owned there so she could sell it and get back to her own home.
While Callie was in Shipshewana, she found this shop also attracted quite a few tourists, and she also met and befrien
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
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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
Diane U
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Callie Harper comes to Shipshewana to settle her aunt's affairs by selling the quilt shop. She did not want to be here, never mind getting the store ready to re-open. In her mind, she was hoping to head back to Houston, Texas as soon as possible. But the friendships that she is building in Shipshe help her realize that she has nothing to go home to since she has no job and no family to return to.

After a negative editorial in the local paper rages Callie, she decides to face the editor personally
May 23, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Joleen Devens
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was terrific. It kept me guessing as to "who done it". It has been on my to read list for a long time and I am happy I finally got to it. Amazon description :

n 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.
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a very enjoyable, cozy mystery! This book is full of interesting characters, misunderstandings, light hints at possible future romance and a mystery that doesn’t fully play out until the very end.

Falling to Pieces kept me interested right through to the end and I am very happy to say that I have the next two books in the series sitting on my bookshelf. I have grown fond of the many characters in this book and look forward to seeing how things progress with them in the next two books in the
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
'Falling to Pieces' was different than all the other Amish novels that I have read, but in a good way! The way that the Amish lifestyle was woven together with a murder mystery was unbelievably good!

I really enjoyed seeing a different side to the Amish people. In all the other Amish novels that I have read (and I have read a lot of them!), they seem to be very dull. Don't get me wrong, I love reading about them, but I could never see myself living like them because they never seem to have any fu
Lynne Young
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the first book of the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series. I read the second book in the series first, and the first book second. The advantage of living a backwards life like I do, is the first book explains how some things came to be in the second book, providing hindsight. Either way, you don't need to read them in order, but doing so might help keep your sense of balance aligned.

In many ways I liked this one better than #2 (A Perfect Square) mostly because it set the stage and introduce
Feb 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I plucked this book from the library shelf. I'm fond of mysteries and the spine of this one bore a sticker indicating just such a book. And from the cover picture (yes, I know, NEVER judge a book by it's cover) it looked as though it might be fairly clean. I was more certain of that suspicion when I saw the publisher.

So - I might actually give this one 3.5 stars rather than 3 but not quite 4 as I'm not necessarily that enthusiastic about it. A couple revie
Judy Iliff
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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
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Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She is the author of over twenty novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series, and Plain and Simple Miracle series. Vannetta is a Carol award winner, a Christy finalist, and she also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She currently writes Christian susp ...more
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