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A Promise for Miriam
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Release Date: July 2012
Page Count: 352
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Binding: Perfectbound
ISBN: 978-0-7369-4612-4
Case Lot Quantity: 20
Collection/Series Name: The Pebble Creek Amish Series
Series: 1

A Promise for Miriam

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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 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.

Meet the author

Vannetta Chapman

Vannetta Chapman

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...

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A Word from the Author

"As a public school teacher with 15 years experience in the educational system, I was excited to research and write A Promise for Miriam. I found there is little simple about teaching in any setting, but within the plainness of the Amish world perhaps it is easier to offer a hand of kindness, know your students, and understand your community. Possibly it is easier to trace the path of God's grace. And romance? I learned it's just as likely to appear in Miriam's world as it is in ours."
Vannetta Chapman, author of A Promise for Miriam

Editorial Reviews

“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… It’s a book filled with honest and genuine characters that will make you feel right at home in Pebble Creek.”

“I did not feel Amished-out in the slightest while reading A Promise for Miriam and it was so refreshing to read about a new community and setting…I’ve come across very few authors who can accurately write from a child’s perspective. Vannetta is one of the authors who manages this well, and I loved being able to see events from Grace’s point of view; it definitely brought something fresh to the story.”

“A good pool side read for the summer.”

“Amish romances seem especially sweet to me—no pretense, just sincere, hard-working people. I’ll add this to my list of favorite Amish novels!”

“This was an exciting and well-written story that I would recommend to my friends.”

“I really would suggest this book to read, it is a great one.”

“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.”

“…a cute, fun story with the Amish lifestyle…”

“All the main characters are well-drawn, believable and very alive to the reader, and I found it impossible not to cheer Miriam on in her efforts… I am really looking forward to seeing what happens next in this series.”

“The latest offering from Vanetta Chapman offers much to please lovers of Amish Fiction…”

“I loved the heart Miriam had for her students and her passion for teaching and making the learning process interesting…”

“Vannetta Chapman provides a gripping story that encompasses community, teaching, mental/emotional challenges, as well as a unique interplay with the Englisch world.”

“Amish romance at its best!”

A Promise for Miriam is one that needs to be added to every Amish fiction reader’s ‘Must Read’ list!”

“Vannetta Chapman creates a cast of characters that will steal your heart…”

“…I found myself totally hooked on the story at the prologue.”

“This was in my mind the perfect vacation read, charming, with a touch of humor, yet with a realness to it that drew me in.”

“Any fan of Amish fiction should read A Promise for Miriam… [Vannetta] has definitely set the bar for a great series.”

“I like how the community stepped in to help each other and it is the story of families embracing each other. It is very well written and the story easily flows.”

“This is the first book I have read by Vannetta Chapman. I can see her becoming one of my favorite authors quickly.”

“The story was sweet and engaging…”

“I felt a kinship to the main characters as they overcame obstacles and found reasons to ‘keep their faith’ in a changing world.

“…a sweet romance by talented author Vannetta Chapman. Fans of Amish fiction will eat up this story…”

“I really enjoyed the realness throughout the book…”

“This is a charming story…”


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10/10/15 Toni F.


“5 stars!!! This is no different than any of Vannetta’s other books.  It is just wonderful!!”

12/21/14 Karen Stantz

“I loved this book!  Beautifully written and patiently waiting for her next book.  I love the way the author gets you to know who the characters in the book are.”

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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,

“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,

“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,

“I enjoy reading stories about the Amish and though familiar with Vannetta Chapman's work, A Promise for Miriam is the first of her books I've had the pleasure of reading. I'm hooked. The characters and backdrop for the story are skillfully written and draw the reader into the story. I found the book both enchanting and hard to put down. The best part— it's the first of a series so I get to go back!”
Jamie Adams,

“Vannetta Chapman has a very nice writing style that is easy to read and makes the reader want to keep reading. In A Promise for Miriam, I enjoyed the authentic Amish customs sprinkled throughout the story, the descriptions of the harsh winter and the playfulness of the children. I found the characters to be well developed and their struggles believable. I am happy to recommend this book to others who enjoy Christian fiction.”
Janet Murphy

A Promise for Miriam tugs at the heart. The characters in this book are so real and the story springs to life with the challenges and growth they experience.”
Mary Hake

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