Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Christmas at Apple Ridge by Cindy Woodsmall


About This Book
Experience the holidays with the Plain folk of Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania, in these touching novellas centered around love, romance, heartache, and restoration from best-selling author Cindy Woodsmall.

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?

My Review

I was really looking forward to read this series of novels as I really enjoy reading books regarding the Amish and Mennonite culture. 

All three of these stories take place in Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania.

The Sound of Sleigh Bells

Beth is dealing with some deep wounds from a past tragedy.  Jonah is a young man who has learned to overcome a tragedy that he endured when he was younger.  Both of these two have thrown themselves into their jobs while their families are trying to help them open their hearts and minds to love. Through Beth's Aunt Lizzy, they are brought together, but not under the most honest of circumstances.  Can any type of relationship even form when they don't even start out on a honest foot?

The Christmas Singing

Mattie and Gideon were once engaged and planning a future together when he suddenly breaks her heart.  After that, Mattie leaves home and goes to Ohio.  While in Ohio, she opens her own cake decorating shop.  After that burns down, she is forced to return back to Apple Ridge and she comes back in contact with Gideon.  Will they be able to repair the damage that was done after Mattie learns the truth as to why he called off their engagement?

The Dawn of Christmas

Levi has decided he will never be married due to watching his Sister-in-law break his brother's heart.  Sadie has finally returned home from Peru.  She had decided to become a missionary after her fiance broke her heart.  They come up with a plan to court so their meddling yet loving families leave them alone.  But as time goes on, they wonder if they really do care for each other.

The stories were very predictable and I admit I had a hard time trying to stay focused while I was reading this book.

**Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Company's, Blogging for Books for sending me the complimentary copy for my review.

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