The Christmas Singing
Amish Fiction – Christmas
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (October 4, 2011)
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Gideon Beiler has loved Mattie Eash since they were children. But when faced with unexpected circumstances, he makes up an excuse to end their engagement. He doesn’t want to lie to her, but he believes that telling Mattie the truth will be more hurtful.
Brokenhearted, Mattie moves from Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania, to Ohio, where she pursues her longtime dream of becoming a cake decorator. She finds a new beau—a man offering the secure relationship Gideon has denied her.
When Mattie is forced to return to Apple Ridge, she and Gideon must confront the suffering created by his dishonesty—and address the powerful emotions that continue to bind the two childhood friends.
I must first admit that I am completely biased towards this book. I had the privilege several months ago, along with my book club, to have lunch with Cindy Woodsmall. She was an absolute delight! I had read several of her books before meeting her, but this is the first since then. It was so interesting to “hear her voice” while reading her words. She is a very gentle and thoughtful person and it comes through in the characters that she brings to life.
The Christmas Singing is a great stand-alone read. You will not miss a thing if it is the only one you read but if you really want to make it better read last year’s book, The Sound of Sleigh Bells before you read this one. The Christmas Singing gives you the rest of the story from Lizzy and Omar and Beth and Jonah.
My book club is reading The Christmas Singing for December. It does not include discussion questions, but it does include two fabulous cake recipes from the kitchen of the talented Sherry Gore. In the story, Mattie is a baker and both of the cakes are part of the story. I think it is going to be a wonderful time of discussion and tasting.
About Cindy Woodsmall:
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author whose connection with the Amish community has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.
Her first novel released in 2006 to much acclaim and became a best seller. Cindy was a 2007 ECPA Christian Book Award finalist, along with Karen Kingsbury, Angela Hunt, and Charles Martin.
Her second book, When the Morning Comes, hit numerous best-sellers lists across the US, including edging into the extended list on the New York Times, coming in at number thirty-four.
Her third book, When the Soul Mends, hit the New York Times best-sellers list, coming in at number thirteen, as well as making the USA Today's best-sellers list.
Cindy continues to write and release best-selling works of fiction, and she's begun work on a nonfiction piece as well
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