Shannon here: Amish romance author, Vannetta Chapman shares her comical first date with her husband. Comment on any post dated March 24 – 28 to enter the drawing for winners choice of Murder Simply Brewed or the novella collection, Where the Healing Blooms, print or e-book, U.S. only. 3 books for 3 winners. Deadline: April 5th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Vannetta:
Bob and I had been friends for a few weeks when he asked me out to the movies. I wasn’t sure I should say yes – after all we were JUST friends, but I weakened and agreed. Bob is an open-the-door-for-you kind of guy, which was something I hadn’t encountered in quite a while. He’s also a big sports fan.
That afternoon his college team had played an important game that went into multiple overtimes. I thought our “date” was never going to start! (Now I understand that a Texas Aggie alumni would never turn a game off during the middle of the action.)
We finally set out on our date, and it was awkward at best. I didn’t want to be involved with someone, and Bob was nervous as a cat at the vet’s. What a pair we must have made!
Though we lived in apartments that were in 2 adjacent buildings, Bob insisted on walking me to the door. I was afraid he was going to kiss me, so I said a quick goodnight and slammed the door. Bob always laughs when he tells this story—he claims I almost hit his nose!
Several weeks later, Bob did kiss me. By then, my defenses had crumbled, and I had admitted to the possibility that I was falling in love. But we still laugh about that first date!
I enjoyed putting some of this sort of detail in Amber and Tate’s relationship in Murder Simply Brewed. Sometimes folks know right away when they meet the person they’ll marry. But that isn’t always the way it happens. Sometimes we have to work around those slammed doors to see what God has in store.
About Vannetta: Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. Her novel, Falling to Pieces, was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award winner for best mystery. She writes Amish mysteries for Zondervan, Amish romances for Harvest House and Amish novellas for Abingdon and Zondervan. All of her books have been Christian Book Distributor bestsellers. Chapman lives in the Texashill country with her husband.
About the book – Where Healing Blooms (in An Amish Garden collection): Emma discovers a run-away teen in her barn, and the bishop asks her to provide a haven for a woman and her two children. Then her mother-in-law reveals a secret about her garden. Will Emma choose loneliness or learn to accept God’s gifts?
About the book – Murder Simply Brewed (romantic mystery): When the coffee shop manager is murdered in Middlebury’s Amish Artisan Village, two women from different walks of life must join together to solve the mystery.
Spring has arrived in Middlebury, Indiana, and Amber Wright is optimistic about the growing profit from her collection of Amish shops—until she receives a call that Ethan Gray is dead. Hurrying over to A Simple Blend, she finds a solitary hole in the front window and the store manager lying next to the espresso machine, dead from an apparent heart attack. All the money is still in his register.
When Amber hires a young Amish woman, Hannah Troyer, to take over the shop’s duties, the two women become fast friends—as well as amateur sleuths. The police believe Gray’s death is a by-product of vandalism, but Amber and Hannah aren’t convinced.
Clues that don’t add up, a neighbor who is pulled into the midst of the investigation, a town with secrets to hide, and a blossoming romance—all will combine to push Amber and Hannah into unfamiliar roles in order to solve a mystery that will once again reveal the depth of God’s grace.
Come back March 26th for Vannetta’s romantic interview!