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Joshua’s Mission

Josua's Mission

About Book

Joshua’s Mission is a new standalone novel in the Plain and Simple Miracles collection from popular author Vannetta Chapman. These stories of love and family and Amish community in Oklahoma tell of the miracles that can happen when lives are lived in service to God and to one another.

Joshua Kline travels from his farm in Oklahoma to offer aid to an Englisch town on the gulf coast of Texas after a category 4 hurricane has ravaged the area. He brings his brother with him, who needs a change of environment. The last thing he wants for Alton is another brush with the law. He is pleasantly surprised when he hears that Becca Troyer, the bishop’s granddaughter, plans on joining their team.

What will Joshua find when he arrives in Texas? A lack of electricity, certainly, which poses little problem for the Amish volunteers as they help restore order from destruction. But a budding romance? A call from God? And a possible healing of his relationship with Alton?

Joshua’s Mission is a story of love, forgiveness, and the grace of God that carries us through even the worst situations.

My Review

Vannetta Chapman’s, Joshua’s Mission is book two in her Plain and Simple Miracles series. It can, however, be read as a stand-alone.

Charlie Everman, a resident of Port Aransas, Texas, is helping his friend, who is like a daughter, and her children evacuate because of an impending hurricane. Charlie has promised he’ll be right behind Alice and her children, but unfortunately, stays too long helping other friends evacuate and is caught in the hurricane.

Joshua Kline is the oldest child in his family. His younger sibling, Alton, is ten years his junior. Joshua is steady, responsible and reliable – everything Alton is not. In fact, Joshua has to rescue his brother from trouble one more time and is encouraged by his family and their bishop to take Alton on a mission with him to help restore Port Aransas.

Becca Troyer, the granddaughter of the bishop, is encouraged by her family, including her grandfather, to go on a mission to help rebuild Port Aransas.

As the main characters grapple with rebuilding after the devastation of the hurricane, they also learn to trust each other and others in spite of their differences.

I haven’t read the first in the series, yet I didn’t feel lost while reading Joshua’s Mission. The story is different from most Amish stories, in that it focuses on both the Englishe (non-Amish) and the Amish in about equal measure.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Monday’s Missive

Murder Tightly Knit (An Amish Village Mystery Book 2) by Vannetta Chapman opens with the murder of Owen Esch, a young Amish man that had recently returned to Middlebury. Owen was walking the Pumpkinvine Trail prior to going to work, after scouting out an area for deer.

Amber Bowman, an Englischer (non- Amish) and manager of the village of quaint shops with unique names, is understandably upset when she receives the news. To make matters worse, Hannah Weaver, manager of the Cat’s Meow (a knitting store), has come under suspicion. Hannah has been seen hanging around an unsavory Englischer and The Cat’s Meow was the last call made on Owen’s phone.

The Miller’s are an Amish family living in Middlebury whose son, Andrew is constantly moving from place to place. Andrew returns home on the same day Owen is murdered, and things become even more interesting in their hometown.

When a federal agent, assigned to assist in the investigation, becomes belligerent and confrontational,   everything appears to spiral out of the local Sheriff’s control. Amber and her Amish friend, Hannah Troyer, manager of A Simple Blend (a coffee shop) are determined to unravel the mysteries surrounding the death of Owen Esch.

**This aspect of the book would have been slightly easier to understand if I had read the first in the series. However, it is explained, though obviously not in great detail and only piqué’s one’s interest in the first book, Murder Simply Brewed (An Amish Village Mystery Book 1).

The book is long (almost 400 pages) and introduces a large cast of characters; nonetheless, it is still compelling and attention grabbing. Most people will be attempting to figure out the murderer right up to the reveal.

Murder Tightly Knit is a very different mystery book, featuring the Amish and their way of life as the central theme.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.