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Christmas at Pebble Creek (Holiday Review #10)


Our 10th review for the holiday season is Christmas At Pebble Creek by Vannetta Chapman. Christmas At Pebble Creek is a short novella from her Pebble Creek Amish Series. I have never read an Amish story before now and I have to say, this was so well done and heart grabbing for only 28 pages. Christmas At Pebble Creek is free, so grab it and read it up during your next breakfast! 


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.


I have never read a book by Vannetta Chapman or a Amish romance before. I saw this short story and I decided to take a chance, and I'm glad I did! In 28 pages Ms. Chapman spun a tale between two characters that made you laugh, smile and feel the spirit of the season. I would recommend you grab this short story and read it over your next breakfast. It will put you in the holiday spirits! 

I give Christmas at Pebble Creek 5 cups of hot apple cider! 

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published more than 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 winner. A Promise for Miriam earned a spot on the June 2012 Christian Retailing Top Ten Fiction list. Anna's Healing was a 2015 Carol Award finalist. Chapman writes Amish romance, Amish cozy mysteries, and Christian dystopian (suspense). Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full time. She lives in the Texas hill country with her husband. 


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