A Perfect Square (Shipshewana Amish Series #2)

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There’s more to the quaint northern Indiana town of Shipshewana than handcrafted quilts, Amish-made furniture, immaculate farms and close-knit families. When a dead girl is found floating in a local pond, murder is also afoot. And Reuben Fisher is in jail as the suspect! Reuben refuses to divulge any information, even to clear himself of a crime Deborah is certain he didn’t commit. So, with her English friend, Callie—fellow sleuth and owner of Daisy’s Quilt Shop—Deborah sets out to uncover the truth. But the ...

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Overview

There’s more to the quaint northern Indiana town of Shipshewana than handcrafted quilts, Amish-made furniture, immaculate farms and close-knit families. When a dead girl is found floating in a local pond, murder is also afoot. And Reuben Fisher is in jail as the suspect! Reuben refuses to divulge any information, even to clear himself of a crime Deborah is certain he didn’t commit. So, with her English friend, Callie—fellow sleuth and owner of Daisy’s Quilt Shop—Deborah sets out to uncover the truth. But the mystery deepens when an elderly man seeks Callie’s help in finding his long-lost daughter, missing since the days of the 1965 Palm Sunday Tornadoes. An old man who has lost his past. A young man who may lose his future. Once again Deborah and Callie find themselves trying to piece together a crazy quilt of lives and events—one that can bring unexpected touches of God’s grace and resolve the tragedy that has shaken this quiet Amish community.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780310330448
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 3/31/2012
  • Series: Shipshewana Amish Series , #2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 224,477
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Vannetta Chapman is author of the best-selling novel A Simple Amish Christmas. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. In 2012 she was awarded a Carol Award for Falling to Pieces. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Visit Vannetta's webiste: www.vannettachapman.com Twitter: @Vannetta Chapman Facebook: Vannetta Chapman Books

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  • Posted May 5, 2012

    A Perfect Square is a must read for anyone who loves Amish ficti

    A Perfect Square is a must read for anyone who loves Amish fiction and murder mysteries. It is one book that I could not stop reading. Ms. Chapman has combined Amish Fiction and murder mystery in a wonderful and very interesting blend that keeps the reader on edge with each turn of the page, making it impossible to put the book down. As for Callie's relationship with Shane Black, there is just enough of a hint of romance without giving away the ending. Will there be another book to follow? And will Callie and Shane find true and lasting love? Only Ms. Chapman has that answer.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    This was so good and intense, I could hardly put it down. So much feeling, I enjoyed it so much. I am reading it again.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    A Perfect Square is a wonderful sequel to Vannetta Chapman's Fal

    A Perfect Square is a wonderful sequel to Vannetta Chapman's Falling to Pieces. The element of surprise kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. The character development was exceptional, and I began to think of Callie and Deborah as friends of my own. I really felt entwined with their lives throughout the story. The way she depicts the Amish is very respectful and you can certainly tell she has done her research into the details of their plain lives. She has done a beautiful job of writing this series and I look forward to the next book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2013

    In book two of the Shipshewana Amish mysteries, A PERFECT SQUARE

    In book two of the Shipshewana Amish mysteries, A PERFECT SQUARE is not only quilted by the Amish women in this community, but it becomes the guidance for God's perfect leading in one's life, even in the painful and difficult times for God's people.




    When a young girl is found dead in a local pond, all the evidence points to one man, but the ladies of Callie's quilt shop are sure that the wrong man has been arrested.  The biggest problem in proving his innocence, is his determination to say nothing in his defense. At the same time, an elderly Amish man shows up in Callie's garden, wanting Callie to find his daughter, but his dementia makes his request seem a bit unbelievable, as the man's grown son says that he doesn't have a sister.




    Once again the "Englisher",  Callie, and her new Amish friends, are drawn into both of these mysteries.  Through many situations of family life, romantic strife, thrilling situations, and the love of God and his people, everything fantastically, comes into perfect alignment for everyone's lives in the long run.  Though everything does not necessarily turn out as the characters would have hoped for, they all see God's leading in their lives.




    Lovely story of friendships and belief in God, once again produces a winning book in this fun and beautiful series.  There is just enough tension to keep the reader thoroughly interested in what will happen next.  And just enough comic relief to keep the story from becoming maudlin.  Looking forward to reading the next book in this very enjoyable series!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    This is the second book of Chapman's that I have had the pleasur

    This is the second book of Chapman's that I have had the pleasure of reading. I received this book as a gift, not realizing it was the second in a series. (I prefer to read series books from the beginning to the end!) But let me say that I was only 3 chapters into the book when I stopped reading and went online to purchase the remaining two books of the series!

    Vanetta Chapman writes in an Amish setting, yet portrays her characters as individuals first and Amish second. She winds characters together in real friendships, Amish and non-Amish, in a natural way that makes you understand that she has experienced life in this way. There is nothing about her books that is not believable. The characters are real, possess flaws and quirks just like any of us, and deal with "real" life.

    One could read this book as a "single" and not purchase the others, as I did. But I think that once you have met Callie, Deborah, Esther, Faith and all the others, you will, like me, want more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

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    I really enjoy reading this series and can't wait to read the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    I love this series of books, Material Witness, Falling to Pieces

    I love this series of books, Material Witness, Falling to Pieces and Perfect Square. They are a combination of murder mystery and quilt related. I have read all of Vannetta's books and all staying in my permanent library.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2014

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    I finished the first book, Falling to Pieces, and I couldn¿t wai

    I finished the first book, Falling to Pieces, and I couldn’t wait to begin the sequel, A Perfect Square.
    I have learned how impulsive Callie is and how she doesn’t exactly “tread softly”… she usually stumbles into messes easily!
    This second book is easily as wonderful and exciting as the first one was; I was shocked when Reuben refused to speak, refused to defend himself. What on earth could have happened?
    Vannetta Chapman has a special way of drawing you in and making it difficult, if not impossible, to put down the book until you read the last page! I lost a lot of sleep, but it was definitely worth every minute!
    Vannetta does a superb job of taking us through the book… wondering what is going on with Reuben… wondering who Samuel is… wondering what happened to the young girl.
    This is a wonderful Amish mystery and one you don’t want to miss!
    Now on to the third book of the series… Material Witness…

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  • Posted September 27, 2014

    A Perfect Square by Vannetta Chapman The Shipshewana series


    A Perfect Square by Vannetta Chapman




    The Shipshewana series of cozy mysteries by Vannetta Chapman is a wonderful set of books that will enthrall any mystery readers.  The books are set in the charming Amish community of Shipshewana.  I read this book last, although it was actually book 2 of the series.  It read well as a stand-alone book, as well.  It continues with some of the main characters of the previous book, but engages you right away and if you didn't know anything about them, you would still easily be caught up in the tale.




    A dead Amish girl is found in the pond of Reuben Fisher, a local Amish man.  After all the evidence is gathered, it would appear that Reuben is the culprit that caused this event.  But is he?  As in the previous book, Callie Harper and her Amish friend Deborah and others of the community find themselves trying to figure out what happened and who is really to blame for what has happened.




    An older Amish gentleman with Alzheimer's also engages Callie into looking for a daughter who he claims disappeared in the towns worst tornado experiences back in the year 1965.   But no one seems to believe him, but Callie seems to have a warm spot in her heart and tries to find the daughter who would now be in her 50's.  After all this time, is it even possible?




    I enjoy how the book has moments that make you feel just plain good.   The character, Esther, who says, "I do believe the Lord's Word, but when my heart hurts, as it does today, I have to wonder if his plan doesn't include a bit more refining and learning than I would have chosen.   I have to wonder if there couldn't have been an easier way.  I wonder why." 




    I really liked that because each of us probably needs more refining and learning, probably more than any of us would want, because the refining is usually not easy but therefore, makes each of us a bit stronger than we might have been before.




    This was a great book, and I highly recommend it to others who enjoy the Amish genre, and a good mystery. I received this book from the publisher for my honest review which I have given.



     

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  • Posted August 31, 2014

    Second, in the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series. I love Vannetta

    Second, in the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series. I love Vannetta's writing style!


    Many of the characters, from book one, are back, including Deborah and Callie...but you don't have to have read the first book, to enjoy this one. A young woman is found floating in the pond of an Amish man, Reuben Fisher. He refuses to speak about what he knows. Deborah and Callie work to clear him.
    A second mystery, of an old man who lost his daughter years before and Callie decides to help, will help solve the mystery of the dead girl. The most difficult part, for me, was trying to figure out Samuel. (You must read the book, to understand.) Vannetta brought it all together, in a way only she can.

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    A Perfect Square by Vannetta Chapman**** It is nearing time for

    A Perfect Square by Vannetta Chapman****

    It is nearing time for Esther and Tobias' wedding and there is much is to be done. But wedding plans are interrupted when a young Amish girl is found floating in the pond on cousins Tobias and Reuben's farm. Who is the young girl and how did she get there? They are shocked when Detective Shane Black arrests Reuben Fisher for her murder. Reuben is a quite, gentle man and could not have committed this murder his friends insist. Reuben does not help his case by not talking or answering any of the detectives questions. Deborah Yoder is sure he did not murder the girl and enlists her Englisher friend Callie-owner of Daisy's Quilt Shop, to find out what happened.

    Callie is all for helping Deborah figure out what actually happened to the young girl and get Reuben out of jail. But she also finds herself in the middle of another mystery when she finds an elderly Amish man at her shops door early one morning. He is looking for his long lost daughter and asks Callie to help him find her. Adding more mystery to his request, his son says he does not have a sister. Does the man only think he has/had a daughter? After a little searching, Callie learns that the man's daughter actually has been missing since the 1965 Palm Sunday Tornadoes. Convinced that she must help try to reunite this father and daughter, Callie continues to search and uncovers some surprising information.

    A Perfect Square is a murder mystery but it has another mystery woven into the story. There is much more in this story: mystery-of course, suspense, little romance, the bond of friends—even between the Amish and Englishers, forgiveness, strong faith, prayers and God's will, with characters that are true-to-life making this a story to read. I have been a long-time fan of Vannetta Chapman and know when I read one of her books it will drawl me into the story.

    ~~I received a copy of this book from the author for my review~~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    Tristin

    It didnt work, i had the chance and she again choose someone else over me , this is all messed up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Tristin

    "Really? Thank you!" I hug you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Great book.

    This second book in the series is just as good as the first. We are getting to know the

    town and all the people a little more, and the mystery was way different from the first book.

    I loved it and can't wait to read book three.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Very good read

    The book includes some suspense without violence. Lots of romance and a interesting plot. Also some helpful ideas for a book discussion

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    SLOW START

    This book had a slow start. It took awhile to get the characters organized. After about page 50 it took off with a good story.

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

    "A Perfect Square" is a perfect delight - that uniquel

    "A Perfect Square" is a perfect delight - that uniquely different twist that Vannetta Chapman brings to the genre of Amish fiction. This sequel to "Falling to Pieces" is another mystery set in Shipshewana, Indiana, and once again we find Callie and her Amish friends Deborah, Esther and Melinda putting their heads and hearts together to solve a curious death. Three romances wind through this "whodunit": the growing attraction between Callie and Sheriff Shane Black, the wedding plans for Tobias and widow Esther, and the sadly short-lived marriage of young Katie and Samuel. Chapman's use of flashbacks give us insight into the hearts of this young Amish couple, and also paints an interesting contrast to the heart of the man accused of Katie's death. I won't spoil your pleasure in reading this book by giving away any more details, but I will promise this page-turner is well worth your time. Pull up a chair and spend some time in Shipshewana!

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  • Posted May 20, 2014

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    A Perfect Square ) A Shipshewana Amish Mystery Book 2) By: Vanne

    A Perfect Square ) A Shipshewana Amish Mystery Book 2)
    By: Vannetta Chapman
    This is the second book, A Perfect Square, in this series and it was really good. Vannetta Chapman has did it again. She has weaved a story of mystery and love that when you start reading you do not want to put it down. If you read book one Falling To Pieces you will again meet up with the same characters. The story starts off really fast and it grabs you till the end. In Shipshewana , Indiana a dead girl was found floating in a local pond. Reuben Fisher is accused and taken into custody for the girls death. Reuben and Tobias are cousins and living on the property where the girl was found. No one believes that Reuben could do such a thing, but he remains silence and will not say anything. Tobias and Deborah is to get married. What will happen to them now, it is only two weeks till their wedding. We have Callie the non Amish and her dog Max, who owns Daisy's Quilt Shop and she is friends with Deborah, Esther, and Melinda who are Amish. Now if you have read book one how Callie and Deborah takes things into their hands and try to solve the mystery. They are determined to find out about the dead girl found floating in the pond. Deborah does not believe Reuben could have did anything to the girl and she is going to find out what happened to her. We have two mysteries in our story to solve. Iva Bontrager hunts and finds Callie. He wants her to find his long lost daughter that has been missing since 1965 when Palm Sunday tornadoes went through. Now no one remembers him having a daughter . Did he have a daughter or is it in his mind?  If he had a daughter would his son not remember her? I was not disappointed in A Perfect Square and I an looking forward to reading book three Material Witness. I have it and will start it next. 
    I was given a copy of this book for my honest review and I have given it .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Plot spoilers

    Too msny plot spoilers giving away the details of the book. Please bn, do something to these plot spoilers who ruin the book for other readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Max

    A girl with black hair, blue eyes and glasses walks in.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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