Reviewer: Trudy Smith
Title: The Christmas Singing
Author: Cindy Woodsmall
ISBN-13: 978-03074-4654-1 (Hardcover)
Release Date: October 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Romance
Year/Setting: Present Day / Ohio & Pennsylvania
Overall Rating: 3.75
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Cindy's Website/Blog: www.cindywoodsmall.com
Three years ago Mattie Eash thought all was right with the world. She was engaged to her best friend and long-time love Gideon Beiler. That is until Gideon abruptly breaks their engagement on Christmas Eve and her birthday, no less.
Gideon was sure he did the right thing for Mattie. When he discovered that he had leukemia Gideon wanted to spare Mattie the pain of watching him go through treatments, not knowing what the outcome would be. Mattie had had enough suffering watching her Mamm go through years of illness.
Moving on, Mattie has made a new life for herself living with her brother and family while getting her cake decorating business off the ground. Though she never really got over Gideonís rejection, Mattie has found someone else. Mattie and Sol are steady, they each know where the other stands, but is that enough?
When Mattieís business burns to the ground and forces her to go back home, she and Gideon keep crossing paths more than her heart can bear. After visiting with Mattie, Gideon is wondering if he did do the right thing by keeping his illness from her. But what good can come of it now, Mattie has moved on and has someone else.
As Christmas approaches will Mattie settle for a steady life with Sol or will she follow her heart back to the true love of her life?
The Christmas Singing is a sweet story that can be read any time of year. Rejection and heartache are blended with truth, forgiveness and love. Cindy Woodsmallís knowledge of Amish life always shines through her stories taking the reader to a simpler life with characters that have the same emotions and struggles that you and I have; yet she sprinkles Godís love and caring throughout. This combination made Mattie and Gideonís story a hard one to put down.
If you enjoy a good Amish love story, take some time to get to know Mattie and Gideon, youíll be glad you did.
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