Monday, December 24, 2012

Review: Christmas in Apple Ridge by:Cindy Woodsmall

About the Book:
 The Sound of Sleigh Bells
Beth Hertzler is unable to let go of a past tragedy, but when she discovers a large, intricately carved scene of Amish children playing in the snow, something deep inside Beth’s soul responds. Determined that her niece meet the gifted artist, her aunt tracks him down, but it’s not that simple – will Jonah be able to offer Beth the sleigh ride she’s always dreamed of and a second chance at real love?
The Christmas Singing
Mattie thought her childhood sweetheart adored her until he abruptly ended their engagement on Christmas Eve. Brokenhearted, Mattie moves away and pursues her longtime dream of becoming a cake decorator, and even finds a new beau. But when Mattie is forced to return home three years later, will learning the truth behind Gideon’s rejection restore her Christmas joy – or open the door to even deeper heartbreak?
The Dawn of Christmas
Sadie enjoys her freedom away from home and her mission trips to Peru, but after four years, her Old Order Amish family insists it’s time to come home and settle down. Levi, a bachelor who distrusts women after a family heartbreak, also has no desire for romance. To keep their families from meddling in their lives, Sadie and Levi devise a plan—but soon discover that the walls around their hearts are breaking down. Can they let go of their prejudices, learn to trust each other, and embrace a future together?

About the Author:
 Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author of ten works of fiction and one work of nonfiction, whose connection with the Amish community has been featured widely in national media and throughout Christian news outlets. She lives outside Atlanta with her family.

My Review:
Cindy Woodsmall is my favorite Amish fiction author and her publisher has put together a Christmas collection of three of her novellas all in one book for us all to enjoy. The first one centers around Beth and how a tragedy from long ago has forced this young lady to just stop living. Her aunt wants her to enjoy life again so she leads Beth down a road that will hopefully snap her back to reality in the The Sound of Sleigh Bells.
The second story is The Christmas Singing and it is probably my favorite of the three. Mattie moves away from her Amish home to pursue her dream of owning a bakery and becoming a cake decorator only to have her hopes dashed and is forced to return home to an old, lost love. She soon finds out the Gideon is not the man she knew him to be.
 And finally The Dawn of Christmas Sadie returns home from a long, extended missions trip only to be bombarded with requests to settle down. But is Levi the guy for her? Can he learn to trust again? Will their plan go along as planned or will love get in the way?

*Disclosure* I received this book for free for my honest review from through the Blogging thru Books Blogger Program.

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