Monday, September 8, 2014

Christmas at Pebble Creek

Author: Vannetta Chapman
Publisher: Harvest House
November 2013
Genre: Amish

This free short story e-romance is an exclusive bonus from The Pebble Creek Amish Series by Vannetta Chapman. Fans of the series will enjoy this chance to briefly revisit Pebble Creek, and new readers will be introduced to an Amish community that is more deeply explored in the three full novels, A Promise for Miriam, A Home for Lydia, and A Wedding for Julia. As a bonus, this free eBook also includes Amish homestyle recipes for chicken and dumplings, green beans, and fresh bread.

Heavy snow blankets the southwestern Wisconsin Amish community as nineteen-year-old Grace Miller closes the schoolhouse for Christmas break. She’s looking forward to having extra time to help the family prepare for the holiday, and she is hoping to get a few more drawings in of the beautiful, snowy Pebble Creek landscape.

Her courtship with Adam Lapp is going on six months, and Grace can’t wait to give him his present: a blue-and-brown buggy blanket she crocheted for him. Yes, this Christmas is going to be especially joyful.

Yet, amid the cheer of snowshoe outings, church potlucks, and holiday festivities, Grace is given a bittersweet reminder of the Christmas story. Grief is present with celebration, and though the future is rarely certain, she is given a heartwarming glimpse that God knows our needs before we do and will provide.

CHRISTMAS AT PEBBLE CREEK is a quick read that is read in minutes. It is a brief revisit of the community of Pebble Creek and the daughter written about in A Promise for Miriam. The story is told more than shown, but it was sweet reading about one of the dates Grace went on with Adam and the unique way he proposed. I also liked the way God provided a creative outlet for Grace once she leaves the schoolhouse as an assistant teacher.

For those who can't get enough of Ms. Chapman's Pebble Creek series, this is a nice wrap-up. $0.00. 24 pages.


Judy said...

Great review Laura! I read and enjoyed this novella too!

Judy B

Vannetta Chapman said...

Thank you for the review. I loved writing this story and hope folks will give it a try. It's short, but it's FREE. :) and it gives you a hint of what the Pebble Creek series is like.