Today I am reviewing Home to Pebble Creek by Vanetta Chapman.
Although it was published after the third book in the Pebble Creek Amish Series, it is a prequel to the first story – thus the reason I’m reading and reviewing it first!
Here is a brief synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
When Joseph Bontrager left Pebble Creek, all of Esther Schrock’s dreams and hopes for the future went with him. Bravely picking up the pieces of her broken heart, she resumed her life teaching at the schoolhouse with Miriam King.
Now, nineteen months later, Joseph has returned. Despite her initial excitement, Esther feels anger rise up instead of love. Will she be able to forgive him for leaving? Forgive him for more than a year and a half of silence without a single letter?
With Miriam’s encouraging words, and despite ominous clouds on the horizon, will Esther be able to replace the bitterness in her heart with affection for Joseph once more?
Should Esther give Joseph another chance…
Home to Pebble Creek is the perfect prequel to A Promise For Miriam! Although I have no idea why I have never read the Pebble Creek Amish Series, I feel blessed that I was able to read Home to Pebble Creek first…
It’s such a great introduction to the series!
I love the peek at the characters in this short story, preparing us for the three novels in the series. And the funny part it, I can’t talk about how the first novel begins, because I haven’t read it (no worry about spoilers, huh?).
But I can tell you that I’m excited about reading this series. Already I feel like I know them… I’m rooting for Esther and Joseph!
Now Miriam… well, I’m thinking Vannetta has plans for Miriam – which is why I’m ready to finish this review and begin reading A Promise For Miriam!
If you get the chance (what am I saying… just do it), download a free digital copy of Home to Pebble Creek. It’s not often that you get the chance to pick up a free copy of such a wonderful story… and there more good news…
Christmas at Pebble Creek comes after the third book in the series and is another free digital short story… if you’re reading the series, be sure to download your free digital copy of Christmas at Pebble Creek too!
And don’t forget to click below to find out how you can enter the BIG contest!
You can read more about the book on Goodreads HERE
You can find more about Vanetta Chapman on her website… HERE
God bless you!
©Donna J. Mynatt 2014