Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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.

Amish schoolteacher Miriam King loves her students. At 26, most women her age are married with children of their own, but she hasn’t yet met anyone who can convince her to give up the Plain school that sits along the banks of Pebble Creek. Then newcomer Gabriel Miller steps into her life, bringing his daughter, an air of mystery, and challenges Miriam has never faced before.

Will Gabe be able to let go of the past that haunts him? He thinks he just wants to be left alone, but the loving and warm community he and his daughter have moved to has other plans for him. After a near tragedy is averted, he hesitantly returns offers of help and friendship, and he discovers he can make a difference to the people of Pebble Creek—and maybe find love again.

My Review:

This first book in The Pebble Creek Amish series promises to deliver exactly what lovers of Amish fiction will want to read:

Characters that draw you in and take hold of your heart
A complex community that's worth getting to know
Sage Amish wisdom delivered in measured doses
A wounded hero who needs healing
A strong and stubborn heroine who won't give up trying to do just that
A captivating child with a heart-tugging combination of innocence and wisdom

All of this wrapped up in exquisite passages that made my heart sing. Just listen to Gabe trying to explain a father's love. He compares the child to water -- something you can't hold on to no matter how hard you try.

"Perhaps that's what you notice when you see me looking at Grace. You see me trying to pour my love over her as she slips through my fingers."

Chapman uses this kind of dialogue to develop the bond between Gabe and Miriam. Exchanges like these create layers of intimacy that draws them together and the reader into an incredibly touching love story.

A Promise for Miriam is also a refreshing one in that Gabe and Miriam's romance is built upon a mutual devotion to their faith -- though that doesn't mean their love story isn't without peril. Angst abounds, right along side humour and Chapman expertly evokes her readers' emotions with every page turn.

A wonderful, fulfilling, and inspiring read.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Promise for Miriam, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 19 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. Hi Kav A Promise For Miriam sounds wonderful. I love to read Amish fiction and would love to have a chance to win this one.

    Tammi in Maine


  2. Hi, Kav. Wonderful as always! At our house, both Mom and i love Amish fiction. Thanks for the opportunity to win Venetta's A Promise for Miriam. Mom always wants to read them in order of the series, so will have to mark this down.


  3. Good review. Love reading Vannetta's books. Would love a chance to win A Promise for Miriam. Thank you.

  4. It is a wonderful read, Tammi. Good luck!

    Marianne -- I like reading a series in order too and that's why I was thrilled that this is the first. Good luck!

  5. Thanks MsRubKat! Good luck!!!!

  6. Kav, thank you so much for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed A Promise for Miriam. The Amish parents I have met are such nice people--and so much like the Englisch parents I have met! We do have a lot in common.


  7. I would love to win this book - sounds so good!!!!!


  8. I love Vannetta Chapman books I would love ti win this one lkcraftieATyahooDOTcom

  9. I would love to win this book
    slc925 at yahoo dot com

  10. Hope to add this one to my stack, lol. Love to read Vannetta books and keep up on FB


  11. I love reading Vanneta Chapman's books...and I am soo excited about Vanneta's new book 'A Promise For Miriam'...love to win a copy....I am a fan on facebook....and I am a follower through feedburner....and I have shared on twitter and facebook too......babyruthmac16ATyahooDOTcom

  12. Vannetta is one of my favorite authors. I would love to own this book. Please accept my entry in this wonderful giveaway. Thank you

  13. Would love to read this book Vannetta is one of my favorite authors. I posted earlier but it didn't show up -- hope this works. If my other post comes through -- please excuse the double entry . Thank you

  14. Third attempt to enter -- hope this works. Would love to have this book. Thank you

  15. I haven't read any of Vannetta's books yet but she is definitely on my list of authors whose books I want to read. Please add me to the giveaway.


  16. would love to read this story...thanks for the chance ;)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  17. Thanks for stopping by Vanetta!!! And good luck to everyone who has entered. I'm back to having a computer so I'll be sharper on the uptake next week!