Thursday, November 1, 2012

This Book Room: Christmas in Apple Ridge

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 thoughts: This book was disappointing but had good stories. I thought it would be more about Christmas, and it definitely was not. Each story ended at Christmas, but there was no description of Christmas festivities really. I thought more of that would be included, so I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would.

That being said, if you enjoy Amish fiction, the characters in the stories are fun and quirky. I particularly enjoyed the Dawn of Christmas. Sadie and Levi's journey was funny to read, and while all of the stories are predictable, they're nice in that way. I enjoyed that the characters from the first story were in the second and third stories and the characters from the second story were also in the third story.

Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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