Sunday, November 4, 2012

Christmas In Apple Ridge by Cindy Woodsmall ~ review

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307730999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307730992

This book is also available as an e-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 take on this book:
I have always enjoyed reading anything written by Cindy Woodsmall, so when I found this book that was actually three books in one I jumped at the chance to review it,and I must say while I had already read one of the stories I wasn't disappointed in the least because I often reread her Amish stories anyway.

There was so much to like about each of these stories. I enjoyed the fact that they are interwoven, we can follow one character into another story. There is also the element of romance, while it was pretty easy to figure out who would end up together it was so nice to follow the story and see them come together. Whether you're a fan of Amish fiction or just enjoy good wholesome stories that will put you in the holiday spirit you're in for a real treat with this collection. Take a trip to Apple Ridge where you will experience laughter and romance, along with a positive inspirational message. An added bonus are the recipes that are included with a couple of the stories. Recommended!

A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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