After Gideon Beiler breaks Mattie's heart one Christmas eve, she flees her home in Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania, and opens her own cake shop in Ohio. But when it burns down three years later, she's forced to return to Apple Ridge. Gideon has recently returned after a long absence, as well, and when thrown into close working quarters, Mattie finds that her new perception of him is not quite accurate. Will her new boyfriend Sol and the dream of rebuilding her cake shop be enough to draw her back to Ohio - or can her dreams be found in Apple Ridge?
Cindy Woodsmall has crafted another winner! With enough suspense and mystery about the past to keep you on the edge of your seat but the simplicity that Amish fans know and love, The Christmas Singing engages the reader and keeps them bound in Apple Ridge through the very last page.
One of my favorite features of this story are Mattie and Gideon themselves. Not only are Mattie and Gideon flawed in ways that cause them serious problems, but they also break the stereotypical molds of Amish characters. These elements work together to create people who seem about to leap off the page and into your living room.
To read an excerpt from this Christmas story and meet Gideon and Mattie for yourself, click here.
Author Cindy Woodsmall had her first experience with Plain living when she became best friends with a Mennonite girl. As an adult she met Miriam, an Old Order Amish woman who has shared her life and stories. Now a New York Times' bestselling author, she pens her stories from her home in Georgia, where she lives with her husband, their three sons, and their two daughters-in-law.
I received a free copy of The Christmas Singing from Waterbrook Multnomah's 'Blogging for Books' program in exchange for an honest review.