Friday, June 1, 2012

Book Review: A Promise for Miriam by Vannetta Chapman

A Promise for Miriam 
by Vannetta Chapman
Received for Review from publisher via Netgalley
Adult Amish fiction
Release Date: July 1,2012
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.17

Before I get into my review, here's the summary available on Goodreads:

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 Yoder 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 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 
Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this book for review from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. 
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I really enjoyed this novel. This is one of my favorite Amish fiction novels of the year. This is in large part due to the beautiful writing, the intriguing characters, and the depth to this novel. 
I loved the beauty contained within Chapman's writing. Her writing was beautiful in its simplicity. I never stopped and thought wow, this is great writing, but when I finished the novel I realized that was the beauty contained within the novel. At that point, I discovered that the writing beautifully linked everything together.
I loved the characters and the plot line. Both the characters and the plot line were brilliantly developed. I especially loved the characters Grace, Miriam, and Gabriel. That makes sense though, considering they are the main characters. But I really did enjoy watching them grow.
I also loved the depth to this novel. This novel was multifaceted and touched upon several issues. I loved the depth that this novel had especially in comparison with other Amish novels I've read. 
In Summary: A beautiful, thoroughly entertaining novel that I absolutely adored. 
Warnings/Side-notes: Nothing this novel is clean. 
The Wrap-up: A really great novel that I really adored. I definitely recommend this one. 
Danica Page


  1. Thanks for the review, Danica. I've already turned in book 2, and I hope you'll check it out in 6 months when it releases - A Home for Lydia!

    1. You are most welcome. I will definitely be checking out book 2. Thanks for writing such great novels.


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