“this was good with a little twist to the regular Amish books I usually read . . . looking forward to the next one . . .”see full review » see other reviews »
“For fans of Amish fiction and/or murder mysteries this is a fast and enjoyable read, although perhaps a little bit "rose-colored glasses" as to the Amish communities and their interaction with the Englisher. Never having lived in the area where this particular novel is set I cannot comment on how accurate a picture this paints; however, in my area where many Amish live there is not nearly as much cordial interaction as I see in this novel. ”Sheryl H wrote this review Monday, May 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this book for my book club. I have read "Amish" books before and didn't really like them, so I wasn't anxious to start this one. I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It's what is commonly called a "cozy", I believe--a simple, sweet mystery. It was a nice introduction to the series, and all the characters. It left you wanting more, to know what happens with the other characters. I especially liked the bonds of friendship that were forming and already formed, and the hints at future relationships.
I live in Amish country in Ohio, and the community in the book is in Pennsylvania, I believe. So the similarities to my own town made it feel like home. I am Christian, so I felt comfortable with the mentions of God, but it was not a preachy book, so i believe anyone that likes cozies would like this book, regardless of their religious beliefs.”
“A very sweet book and a fairly good mystery. ”Donna S wrote this review Monday, February 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“New series of quilting based stories for me. ”Kris M. wrote this review Wednesday, January 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“this was good with a little twist to the regular Amish books I usually read . . . looking forward to the next one . . .”Cheryl K. wrote this review Thursday, November 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I received this book as a gift ... and though I enjoy Amish books, it's not usually the first genre I choose. However, this book was so fun and rich, that I promptly bought book two, inhaled it in a day and now eagerly await book three. There's something about the combination of Englisch and Amish in Shipshewana that made the story fresh. It also had an engaging mystery, quirky supporting characters, and emotional subplots that tugged me to Callie, the Englisch main character. This book is a great addition to a reading pile for those who enjoy Amish stories that have a mystery or those willing to give the genre a try.”Cara Putman wrote this review Wednesday, September 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really enjoyed this and getting a little glimpse into an Amish Community.
Love the dog too!!”
“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 more.
For, I did. I did enjoy this book a great deal. We have a murder mystery and more going on from the very first pages. Callie has come to settle her deceased aunt's shop and estate. Callie is at lost ends when her job refuses her compassionate leave. Deborah and her two best friends are quilting for more than something to do. They had a verbal contract with Callie's aunt, Daisy, and they are desperate to continue it.
Callie also inherits a dog named Max who is also a victim in this book, as well a hero.
I hope you are intrigued enough to sample this author's work. This book is supposed to be three novels, however, after finishing the first, I hope the contract extends as I grew to love this town and folks within.”
“Shipshewana amish Mystery book 1
: Woman inherits her aunt's quilt shop and finds herself in the middle of murder and mayhem as a suspect! Many twists & turns, great story!