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A Promise for Miriam (Pebble Creek Amish Series #1)

A Promise for Miriam (Pebble Creek Amish Series #1)

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by Vannetta Chapman

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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


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.

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A Promise for Miriam is written from the heart with great respect for the details of Amish life. A special treat is finding the setting to be near my home town of Cashton, Wisconsin. Vannetta Chapman's story will take you in and warm your heart as you read this delightful Amish romance novel.”
Kathy Kuderer, proprietor, Village Shops at Down a Country Road

A Promise for Miriam is an interesting read from beginning to end, with a heart-warming and delightful story of Plain people.”
Nora Knapik, Inn at Lonesome Hollow

“I thoroughly enjoyed Vannetta’s look at the Amish of southwestern Wisconsin. Her heroine, Miriam, rings with authenticity. The characters have realistic imperfections and encounter plenty of challenges to keep readers turning the pages. Vannetta’s hero, Gabriel, is multi-dimensional and well-crafted. It was a joy to witness his change of heart. I eagerly look forward to the next installment of the delightful Pebble Creek Amish series.”
—Mary Ellis, author of An Amish Family Reunion

“There is never a dull moment in this book. There are intertwining events that keep you guessing at all times. The characters became part of me. Their feelings became mine. I felt their challenges, joys, pains and successes. That is what a good book does for me. It satisfies me in all of these aspects.

“I am anxiously and impatiently waiting for the next book!! When you read a book in a day and a half, you know you have found the reading material that you enjoy and that is well written.”
—Karla Hanns, Karla-Hanns-Karla.blogspot.com

“Wow! And that still doesn't describe how wonderful A Promise for Miriam turned out to be. Vannetta did an awesome job pulling me into the lives of Miriam, Gabe, and Grace. I lived with them for a whole day—the amount of time it took me to read the book—and loved every minute of it.”
Ginger Solomon

“A well written book that will pull you into reading one more chapter...and one more chapter.”
—Jo Huddleston, johuddleston.com

“I like this author, Vannetta Chapman, as she shows the humanness of an Amish community—not just the peculiarities derived from their faith and connecting lifestyle choices. There’s a struggle theme that’s true for all people, not only the Amish.”
Alan Daugherty, Angelkeep Journals

“I found A Promise for Miriam to be a charming story. And, I was honored to be asked to answer many questions Vannetta had about the Amish after she read my first non-fiction book, Amish in Wisconsin. She sought authenticity in her writing, and I offered her my firsthand answers to her questions. I commend her for that honesty and accuracy.”
Richard Lee Dawley, Amish Insight, richarddawley.com

Library Journal
At 26, teacher Miriam King is considered an old maid in her Amish community. Aden wants to marry her, but she doesn't love him enough to give up teaching. Widower Gabriel Miller has just moved to Pebble Creek with his daughter, Grace, who has not spoken since her mother's death. Miriam seeks to help her, but Gabe doesn't want help from anyone. Although attracted to Miriam, he feels he has little to offer her and pushes her toward Aden, which leaves Miriam even more confused, since she knows Gabe feels the same connection she does. VERDICT Heartwarming with a homespun feel, this series launch by the author of A Simple Amish Christmas should appeal to fans of Wanda E. Brunstetter.

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Harvest House Publishers
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Pebble Creek Amish Series , #1
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5.62(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.84(d)


Meet the Author

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her novel Falling to Pieces was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist. A Promise for Miriam earned a spot on the June 2012 Christian Retailing Top Ten Fiction list. Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full time. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband. For more information, visit her at www.VannettaChapman.com

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A Promise for Miriam 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Amish1949 More than 1 year ago
This was an exceptional story, I loved it! This is the first Amish fiction book that I have read, that takes place in Wisconsin, and it was very interesting to read about the Amish from there. I enjoyed all the characters, and my favorite was Grace, for a little girl, she had tremendous courage and insight. Miriam was an excellent teacher, and I enjoyed reading about how days at an Amish school were like. I also enjoyed reading about Miriam's family dog - Pepper, ...it made me smile everytime!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Excellent Amish story about building a family.... First off let me say first that this A Promise For Miriam is now my all-time favorite Amish novel. I don't know if it was the likable and real characters, the different location (Wisconsin), the storyline that was a little different than the average Amish story, or what it was... One thing I like about this book is that Vannetta Chapman shows us that even though the Amish dress alike they are just as individual in personalities as the Englischers. Miriam is outspoken at times and you will love how she tricks her brother, not exactly stereotypical Amish. I identified much with Miriam, even down to liking the middle cinnamon rolls because they are softest. She became a friend for awhile and I will definitely be coming back to visit her, not only in the next books in the series, but her own book will be re-read with appreciation. Gabe is a good man, loves his daughter and simply wants to build a life for them with peace and no prying eyes. Grace is the most lovable little girl I have read about in ages! She is loving, talented, and smart. This book is well written, with plenty of family warmth and a dash of romance that isn't saccharine. Once again the little-movie-projector-in-my-head had plenty to work with, the descriptions of Pebble Creek in Wisconsin are lovely and made me wish I could just drive there and spend some time. A Promise For Miriam is a gentle and very enjoyable trip into the Amish country of Wisconsin.
Jean8 More than 1 year ago
Great book story was well written
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
A Delightful Read! I have read several books by author Vannetta Chapman and I have enjoyed them all. A Promise for Miriam did not let me down. I fell in love with the Characters in this book. Who wouldn’t be concerned for Gabe who lost his wife to death 3 years ago. Would he ever get over losing his wife? Could he, would he, be able to move on? His eight year old daughter Grace captured my heart. She is simply adorable. Miriam, the school teacher, has never married but she is content with being single because her students are her life. Will she always be content with teaching? Will she long for a family of her own some day? My emotions loved this book. I found myself laughing our loud, I found myself worrying, and I found myself shedding a few tears. This book in my opinion deserves a 5 star rating; one that I will gladly give. I urge you to buy a copy of this book. I promise you will not be disappointed. I can’t wait to read A Home for Lydia, Book 2 of The Pebble Creek Amish Series.
destinationamish More than 1 year ago
Miriam King loves her life in Pebble Creek, Wisconsin. She loves her teaching job at the local Amish school. At twenty six many wonder why she has not married. She is beautiful and adores her students. Gabriel Miller is a widow who decides to move to Pebble Creek. Gabe is determined to leave his past in Indiana and start a new life with his daughter Grace. Grace is an adorable little eight year old who has not spoken in three years. When Grace comes to Miriam’s school, Miriam is determined to help her speak. Gabe moved to Pebble Creek to keep to himself and not take any help or handouts, but now that’s all out the window because the feisty Miss Miriam with jet black hair and beautiful gray eyes demands his attention. He has guarded his heart well since the death of his wife, but feels a spark when he is around Miriam. Torn by his feelings for her and also realizing he is but a humble man with nothing to offer her, he pushes her towards Aden Schmucker. He feels Aden can provide an easy life for her. Miriam feels a connection to Gabe and is confused when he encourages her to give Aden a chance. She knows he feels something, so why is he rejecting her? How can she make him realize his heart is the one she longs for? A Promise for Miriam is an endearing love story written by Vannetta Chapman, who has quickly become one of my favorite authors. This was such a heartwarming story. I found myself laughing, crying, and smiling, all the while feeling a sense of joy reading about these characters. I loved reading from Grace’s point of view. It’s very refreshing to see the world through a child’s eyes. I am only covering the tip of the iceberg with this review because this book has so much more to offer than I can put into a few paragraphs. It’s a book filled with honest and genuine characters that will make you feel right at home in Pebble Creek. This book was provided to me from Harvest House Publishers via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Annie950 More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this (and everyone other one by this author). The book has a great story line that does not have to resort to foul language or sex which I really appreciate. I loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story hope to read some others
THESELF-TAUGHTCOOK More than 1 year ago
In Miriam's Amish community, for a woman to be unmarried at twenty-six years of age is almost unheard of. But she loves teaching the schoolchildren and refuses to marry for less than love. But when widowed Gabe Miller moves to Pebble Creek with his daughter, Grace, Miriam finds herself involved in their lives. While Gabe faces the possibility of letting someone into their lives, Miriam has to decide if she wants that level of involvement, or if she wants to continue her life as before. As an avid reader of Amish-themed novels, I can say that this is the best I've read in this genre in the last couple of years. Often, it seems that cliches and sappy sentimentality fill the holes of a poorly-written plot. This is, happily, not the case with Ms. Chapman. She has a strong storyline, three-dimensional characters, and realistic issues facing the Amish community of today. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and will be looking for the rest of the series. Recommended for adolescents and up. 5 stars Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Goodreads First Reads book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
DJMynatt More than 1 year ago
Ouch! From the first page, I knew I would find sadness, yet an enduring strength in the pages of A Promise For Miriam! … and the moment Grace was introduced, it was clear that there would be difficult times ahead, to say the least. But I was compelled to keep reading. Miriam, bless her heart, snagged my attention right from the beginning… a helpful, caring teacher, who wasn’t looking for more than she had, but I knew she deserved much more and hoped she would find it. It’s difficult to review a story without revealing too much, so the reader will want to pick up the book and read it through to the end. So how do I find the words to tell you how much I’m enjoying this series? Well, it’s easy to want to read the whole series when each story is so interesting, so entertaining, seemingly written to hold my attention and make me feel as if I’m in the room with the families. When a committee is chosen to meet with the Englischers in town, I felt as if I were part of the group… and I was getting riled that some snobbish rich man was doing things to make the Amish people look and feel ridiculous. But enough of my feelings… I think you’ll love this series as much as I do… and much as others do!
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
A Promise for Miriam ( The Pebble Creek Amish #1 ) By: Vannetta Chapman I have read several of Vannetta Chapman's book and I have loved all of them. She knows how to grab your attention and hold you till you finish. A Promise for Miriam is the first book in The Pebble Creek romance series. I did not have any problem following the story or the characters. Miriam King is an Amish school teacher and is contented with her life and her students. Miriam is twenty-six and she has not met any man that she would love enough to give up her teaching in Pebble Creek, Wisconsin . She loves her students. Gabriel Miller has lost his wife. He and his daughter, Grace, moves to Pebble Creek, he wants to be left alone. Gabriel carries Grace to school and meets her new teacher , Miriam. Grace has a problem, she does not talk. miriam wants to help her and don't know where to start. After a tragedy with Grace, Gabriel has no choice but to ask for help from his neighbors. I loved this story and meeting all of Pebble Creek. I found myself laughing at times and then other times I felt like crying. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review , and I have given it.
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jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
I loved meeting the community of Pebble Creek, Wisconsin. Vannetta Chapman has a knack for drawing such realistic characters - I always feel they are friends I've known for a long time. In this book you'll meet school-teacher Miriam as she welcomes a new student, young Grace Miller. She and her father, Gabe, have moved to the area to start fresh after the death of Grace's mother. Both Millers are crippled by their grief: Grace is literally mute, but Gabe also struggles to express his feelings, and instead, throws himself into rehabbing a run-down farm. He wants to keep to keep his emotional distance from the friendly folks of Pebble Creek, but an emergency shows him his need of friends. I love how each of the characters in this novel develop...they each face their flaws and grow in faith. The humor and candor on each page weaves these folks right into your heart. I guarantee once you finish this book, you'll be reading the rest of this series and looking for more glimpses of Gabe and Miriam.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The characters of Miriam and Gabe are just so personable. Miriam is a loving and smart teacher, able to discern the best ways to help her students learn. Gabe and his daughter move into the community bearing a tragic past. They both still struggle over the loss of Gabe’s wife, the mother of Gracie. Gabe wants to be left alone, not pitied. He refuses help for so long! Miriam wants to connect and help his daughter with a rather big issue she is having. The attraction grows between the two characters and the way the author brings the two together at the end of the book is truly wonderful! This is a great book and the first in a series of three stories.
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
This book was such a good read! I was the lucky winner of this excellent book and hope that you will take the time to read this also. You can find Vannetta's link here. Vannetta has written many Amish fiction books and her latest is Murder, Simply Brewed. This is from her Amish Village Mystery series. Published in 2012, A Promise for Miriam is about a 26 year-old Amish woman, a teacher in the Amish community school. She loves teaching and those that she teaches. This heartwarming story is about Gabriel Miller who moves to Cashton, Wisconsin from his former home in Indiana. He finds himself in a much more conservative order than what he is accustomed to, yet a warm, friendly and helpful community. Gabe is a widower with an eight year-old daughter, who has not spoken since the death of her mother. He and his daughter, Grace, meet the school teacher, Miriam where Grace begins to attend school. Gabe is somewhat taken aback when Miriam tries to encourage Grace to try to speak again. He feels this might be too difficult and informs Miriam of this fact causing some friction between them. Because of the frightening incidents that occur, Gabe softens both towards Miriam and to the new community he has come to love and depend upon. This book shares the importance of healing, friendship, community spirit, and love towards your fellow man. As their little community becomes involved in situations, both important to the Englisch and the Amish, Gabe plays an important role in matters of a civic nature. It is good to read how, even though there are differences in the Amish and Englisch, teamwork and community efforts can work out for all involved. A Promise for Miriam is a warm and cozy read that will leave you wanting to read the rest of the series of The Pebble Creek Amish books by Vannetta Chapman.
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poodlelover More than 1 year ago
Another delightful Amish fiction romance! This is the first in a series. I read the second in the series, A Home for Lydia, first but each is a stand-alone book. I adore little Grace in both books. She puts precocious on the map! You fall in love with the characters and root for them as they find their way through life. I so admire the Amish way and Vannetta's real-to-life approach to writing helps me get back to what is important in my own life. You will enjoy this book.
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I loved the story line between Miriam and Gabe. Just when they both thought there was no one for them, the found each other. I love to read these wholesome love stories.
Susan_Hollaway More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading Miriam and Gabe’s story and particularly liked Vannetta’s unique characterization. It was if I lived alongside them in the story. I’m looking forward to reading more books from the Pebble Creek Amish Series.
weatherlover1 More than 1 year ago
Miriam is the school teacher and at the age of 26 she is not sure if she will ever marry. She has resigned herself to her teaching which she loves but when Gabriel Yoder shows up in her class room with a young mute little girl she finds herself struggling to keep the line between teacher and friend in check while she helps Grace to speak again. Gabe has moved to Pebble Creek to start over after losing his wife three years ago. He does not want help from anyone and only wants to raise his daughter and be left alone. Though one cold winter night he finds himself in need and the community comes to the rescue. Gabe starts to rethink his plans. Will his new plans include one pretty school teacher? This is the 2nd book I have read from this author and I really liked it. I am really looking forward to the rest of the series. What I liked: The characters came across very real and I found myself liking them a lot. I also liked how the little girl helped tell the story and how it added a different perspective in an adult world. I have read a few books where a child is included in the 3rd person storyline and it does not fit well but the author did a great job meshing it all together. What I did not like: There is a sub storyline dealing with a planned tourist business that might move into Pebble Creek. To me it almost seemed like an add on and really did not add a lot to the storyline. It did help build the characters but it seemed to slow the book down towards the end. Over all I really liked this book. I am hoping that we might hear more from Grace in future books of the series. She was such a sweet little girl! I highly recommend this book!
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Widower, Gabe Miller and his 8 year old daughter, Grace, have just moved into an old farm in an Amish community in Wisconsin.  He plans to start a new life by taking care of everything himself, without help from others.  Happy and friendly Grace doesn't speak but she draws like a dream.  Gabe starts her in the Amish school, where Mariam King teaches. Twenty six year old Mariam, and her friend, Esther, teach the children.  Grace fits in nicely, but why doesn't she speak?  Mariam loves teaching and her school children, and wants to help Grace. Esther is sewing a quilt as she prepares for her upcoming wedding.  Gabe questions changes for her daughter. All Is going well, when a potential tragedy throws the whole community into action.  We grow closer to all the characters , becoming part of their community through the charming writing of Vannetta Chapman.  This is a well written start to a new series about this peaceful, loving, but 'character filled' Amish community  and their Englisher neighbors.  
JoHuddleston More than 1 year ago
A widower, Gabriel Miller, and his daughter Grace move in next door to Amish schoolteacher Miriam King. When she goes bearing food to welcome them she finds him as a man who wants to be left alone. He spurns all offers of help to restore his barn and house. But when he takes Grace to the two-room schoolhouse for her first day at school, Miriam learns that Grace can’t or won’t speak. After a near tragedy Gabriel is surprised that all the community comes to his house to help. Gabriel has a past he doesn’t want to talk about and is astonished at the community turning out to help him. Can he trust his secret and his heart to love again? A well written book that will pull you into reading one more chapter. Memorable characters.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
Wow! And that still doesn't describe how wonderful A Promise for Miriam turned out to be. Vannetta did an awesome job pulling me into the lives of Miriam, Gabe, and Grace. I lived with them for a whole day--the amount of time it took me to read the book--and loved every minute of it. I especially loved the ending, so unexpected, but no spoilers here, so you'll have to read it to find out. :) ***I received this book free from the publisher/author for the purposes of review. The above is my honest opinion***