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 rating: 4 of 5 stars
Christmas in Apple Ridge is lovely collection of three winter-themed Amish novels by Cindy Woodsmall. This is a relaxing and heartfelt collection that was perfect for a cold day cuddled up next to the fireplace.
Cindy Woodsmall writes from the heart and it is obvious in the way she crafts her characters. Each character she creates is memorable and brings a certain special quality to the work. The stories are laid back and easy to read and reminded me that sometimes the most important parts of our lives are the connections we make with other people.
This book flows nicely and each of the stories is different, although they were all enjoyable. I really liked the descriptions she used of the Amish life and customs. It’s nice to go to a world where technology is not at the front line every minute of every day.
I liked the emotional progression of the characters in “Sleigh Bells” very much. It was my favourite story of all three. Watching the main characters come to the realisation that they were in love was great and the stories of how they became the people they were at the point in which the reader met them was also interesting.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable and relaxing read that fans of the genre are sure to love. Christmas or not, this was a fun read.
This review is based on a print copy from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers and provided for the express purpose of a critical review. All opinions are my own.