Friday, July 13, 2012
Book Review - A Promise For Miriam
by Vannetta Chapman
Harvest House Publishers, 2012
This is the first in a new series, The Pebble Creek Amish.
The story starts with a tragedy. When five year old Grace Miller's mother dies, she is savagely berated for crying by her grandfather. The normally articulate child becomes introverted and simply stops speaking at all.
Her father Gabe eventually decides they need to make a new start, and he and Grace leave their Amish community and move to another community far away in Pebble Creek, Wisconsin.
When Grace starts school, her teacher, spinster Miriam King, is nonplussed by this unusual little girl and her taciturn and inward-looking father. Miriam is a a rather more feisty Amish heroine than we have come to expect, but her attempts to take matters into her own hands and get Grace talking again are met with pasive and then active resistance from Gabe, who is content to leave Grace come to terms with things in her own way and in her own time.
Gabe finds the demands of running the farm and trying to renovate the almost derelict house and buildings on his own to be an all encompassing task, especially in the bitter winter, and tragedy almost ensues when Grace is left alone in the house......
Will Gabe give in and accept the help offered by his neighbours? Will he allow Miriam to help Grace speak again ? Read it and find out !
All the main charcters are well-drawn, believable and very alive to the reader, and I found it impossible not to cheer Miriam on in her efforts to do what she thinks is best for Grace, and ultimately for Gabe too. I am really looking forward to seeing what happens next in this series.