Monday, July 1, 2013

A Wedding For Julia by Vannetta Chapman

Just As Hope Runs out the Door,
Love Softly Peeks In

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

Quiet Caleb Zook thought his time for marrying was long past, but he feels a stirring in his heart he cannot shake for this beautiful, forlorn woman. When he offers support, comfort, and a solution, Julia is afraid to accept it. Can she marry someone she barely knows? Is that the right thing to do? Is this God’s plan for her future? For his?


As Julia and Caleb work through the consequences of their 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?

Excerpt

Pebble Creek, Wisconsin
March
Julia Beechy stood next to the open grave and prayed the wind would stop howling for one moment. Next to her, she could feel her mother trembling. Ada Beechy had turned seventy-eight the previous week, two days before Julia's father had passed. It would have been perfectly acceptable for her mother to sit, especially in light of the mist, the cold, and the wind.
Ada Beechy had no intention of sitting.
But Julia did shuffle one step closer to her mother, so that their sleeves were touching, as the bishop began to read the words to the hymn Ada had requested—“Where the Roses Never Fade.” Ada had stared out the window of their kitchen, her attention completely focused on the rosebushes which had yet to bud, while members from their church sat beside Jonathan's body in the next room. She'd gazed at the bushes and made her request.
Bishop Atlee had nodded, ran his fingers through his beard, and said, “Of course.”
Julia tried to focus on the bishop's words as the men—the pallbearers—covered the plain coffin with dirt. How many shovelfuls would it take? Would Bishop Atlee have to read the hymn twice? Why was she worrying about such things?
David King stepped back, and Julia realized they were finished. Bishop Atlee bowed his head, signaling it was time for them to silently pray the words from the passage in Matthew, chapter six, verses nine through thirteen—their Lord's prayer. Julia's mind formed the words, but her heart remained numb.
“Amen,” Bishop Atlee said, in a voice as gentle as her mother's hand on her arm.
The large crowd began to move. Words of comfort flowed over and around her. There had been a steady coming and going of people through the house to view her father's body for the entire three days. Julia had become used to her privacy as she cared for her parents alone. The large amounts of food and the people had surprised her. Some of them she saw at church, but others came from neighboring districts. Those she barely knew.
She and Ada turned to go, for their buggy was marked with a number one on the side. The white chalk against the black buggy caused Julia's heart to twist. They had led the procession to the cemetery. They would lead the gathering of friends away from the graveside.
But Julia realized she wasn't ready to leave.
She pulled back, needing to look one more time. Needing to swipe at her tears so she could read the words clearly.

Jonathan Beechy
11-3-1928
3-6-2012
83 years, 4 months, 3 days


Now she and her mother were alone.







About The Author



Vannetta Chapman is the author of several novels, including A Promise for Miriam and A Home for Lydia. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and a multi-award-winning member of Romance Writers of America. She was a teacher for 15 years and currently resides in the Texas Hill country.





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Vannetta Chapman is giving away a copy of A Wedding For Julia. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


21 comments:

Amy C said...

Vannetta is such a talented author! A Wedding for Julia looks like a great book in this series.
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apple blossom said...

love Amish books thanks for chance to win a copy of Vannetta's book

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Patsy said...

I love Vannetta's books. Would love to read this one.

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HomePlace Gatherings said...

Interesting story line! Back to the old days when they married for convenience.

Doreen
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Vannetta Chapman said...

Thanks so much for having me on your blog. And I appreciate everyone leaving a comment. Blessings!

KayM said...

Oh, my! The except was so touching. I can hardly wait to read A Wedding for Julie. Thank you for offering an opportunity to win a copy. If I don't win, I will definitely be buying a copy.
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smiller said...

I really enjoy Amish fiction. Would like to win this book. It has a different storyline with the girl having to leave the house and marry after mom dies. Unusual, I think. sharon, CA

Nancee said...

Vannetta is one of my favorite Amish fiction authors. I'd love to have the opportunity to win a copy of A Wedding for Julia! Thank you for a wonderful feature of Vannetta and her newest release!
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Cindi A said...

I'd love to win a copy of A Wedding for Julia since I've already read the first two in the series.
Vannetta is a brilliant author. I just ♥ her work

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MsRubyKat said...

Would love to win and read Vannetta's newest book. I enjoyed reading a few of her books. Thank you.
Karen G.
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Wendy Newcomb said...

I would love to win this book, thank you for the chance.

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Patricia Bradley said...

I love this story and would love to win it. Vannetta is such a talented writer!
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rubynreba said...

A Wedding for Julia is definitely a book I look forward to reading.
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Emma said...

A Wedding for Julia
sounds wonderful. Please enter me in contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.I enjoy reading all of your books.

Vannetta Chapman said...

I'm so glad you all enjoyed the excerpt. I was hesitant to begin a story at a funeral (sounds a little depressing), but I wanted to show how alone they were. I PROMISE, it's a fun book. :)

Kay from NY said...

I would really love to win this book. It sounds really good. Thank you for the chance.
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sm said...

I also love the National Parks and we plan our vacations around visiting them. I would love to win your book, A WEDDING FOR JULIA. sharon, CA

Veronica Sternberg said...

I really like the plot of this! I look forward to reading it. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

Liz Gray said...

Would love for a chance to win!


Liz
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Kevlin said...

Don't know if I commented or not. But I will now. I love, love, love reading Vannetta Chapman's book. Have this one on my wish list. Thanks for the giveaway.
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squiresj said...

Please enter me to win. I really want to win and read and review this book.
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God Bless your writing as always.

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