From the front flyleaf: 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.
My review: The Christmas Singing by Cindy Woodsmall is a beautiful love story. She has chosen to take the Amish out of their comfort zone to weave the backdrop of this story. Even though the Amish tend to live in their own "little world," this story is a reminder of how their lives can and do interact with the world outside. They have misunderstandings, hurt feelings, pain, sickness, and heartache just like anyone else and do not always react in the way that even they have been taught. Ms. Woodsmall has written a simple yet poignant story that you won't want to put down. Her characters are easy to relate to, and the lessons are relevant for everyone. I look forward to reading more by this author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Press in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.