Thursday, April 11, 2013

Review of A Wedding for Julia

by Vannetta Chapman

A Wedding for Julia
A Wedding for Julia, the third book in a romantic series from popular author Vannetta Chapman, takes a last look at the Amish community of Pebble Creek and the kind, caring people there. As they face challenges from the English world, they come together to reach out to their non-Amish neighbors while still preserving their cherished Plain ways.

Julia Beechy is so stunned, she can hardly breathe. Her mother's announcement that she must either marry or move from the family home upon her mother's imminent death catches Julia by surprise. How can she leave the only home she has ever known? What about her dream of opening her own Plain cafe?

When Caleb Zook offers support, comfort, and a solution, Julia is afraid to accept it. Can she marry someone she barely knows? Is it the right thing to do? Is this God's plan for her future?

Caleb thought his time for marrying was long past, but he feels a stirring in his heart he cannot shake for this beautiful, forlorn woman. Amid the circumstances of this life-altering decision, the people of Pebble Creek weather the worst storm to hit Wisconsin in the last hundred years. Where will Julia and Caleb be on the other side of it?
Vannetta Chapman has written another engaging, delightful story set on the beautiful banks of Pebble Creek.   Julia is a determined young Amish woman who has a dream to open and run her own cafe in her childhood home. She cares for her mamm, Ada, who has arthritis in her hands and early alzheimer's.    Caleb is a hardworking, industrious, and compassionate man.   Does God have plans for the two of them?   
I wanted to visit Pebble Creek when I read the second book in the series and camp in the cabins there.  This is a series and I somehow missed book one, but did not have trouble following the storyline or characters.  It sounds like a quiet, calm, and peaceful place to relax.   I truly enjoyed getting to know even more of the characters in this new book.   I feel that many readers will find much to relate to in this story.....many of us care for elderly parents.  We also have dreams, even if we are older.  I think Julia had given up all hope of ever finding love and marriage and had resigned herself to caring for her parents alone.  God may just have other plans for her life, just as He often does for us!    Read this book to find the answers to these and many more questions.   Fall in love with Pebble Creek!  

About the Author:
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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 a 2012 ACFW Carol Award winner for best mystery. All of her books have been Christian Book Distributor bestsellers. She currently writes Amish fiction for Abingdon Press, Zondervan, and Harvest House. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.

For more information, visit her at or blog with her at

I received a free digital copy of this ARC from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.  


  1. Thank you for your review, Rhonda! Pebble creek is a fictional place, but it.s based on Cashton, WI. You should go there some time!

    1. sounds wonderful, Vannetta! hope I will get to visit sometime!

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  3. Can't wait to read this one. I have liked Julia and had an "enquiring mind" about her from the first teaser chapter in A Home for Lydia. Love these books! Superb job, Vannetta Chapman.

  4. This review has made me want to read this book!
    It will go on my wish list :)

  5. Love this series. Great post. Blessings, Susan Fryman

  6. Love this post and wish it was a give-away. I sure want to win this book at some point.
    I love Vannetta and her books. Thanks, Maxie

  7. Rhonda love this post! I live in WI., so I have been to Cashton. There's a tour there called "Down A Country Road" if you ever get here you would enjoy it! I'm reading the second book now, so I will be looking forward to this one! When is the release date for this one? I just love Vannetta & all her books!

  8. Rhonda, I enjoyed your review. I can't wait to read "A Wedding for Julia."

    Judy B

  9. thanks, ladies, the release date is July 1, 2013, I believe.

  10. I really loved Vanetta's suspense stories and the wonderful narrator she has. This sounds good, too!

    1. yes, I agree, Carrie, Vannetta writes some wonderful books! You do as enjoyed your novella "Return to Shirley Plantation".


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