Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Perfect Square Book Review

SUMMARY:  There's more to the quaint town of Shipshewana than handcrafted quilts!
     Amish-made furniture, immaculate farms, and close-knit families are a way of life in the tiny Indiana town of Shipshewana.  But 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.

REVIEW:  This is the second book in the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series. Like the first one, Falling to Pieces, this book was a great mystery.  Deborah works hard to prove her friend Reuben did not murder the girl found in the pond on his farm and to find the real murderer.  Callie helps Deborah in her pursuit of the truth while she also tries to help Ira Bontrager find the daughter he lost thirty-five years earlier in the deadly Palm Sunday tornadoes.  I like the twists and turns in the story that keep you guessing about what is going to happen and about how everything is going to work out.  The author does a great job in weaving all the different stories together and how they influence the other.  Like the first one, this story does not have a lot of blood and gore like a lot of mysteries do but still gets the point across.  If you like mysteries, you will like this book.

This book was provided by Zondervan for review without compensation.

Vannetta Chapman 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 first novel, A Simple Amish Christmas, quickly became a bestseller.  Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.

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