The Christmas Singing
by Cindy Woodsmall
"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 have never read a book that took place in an Amish community or by Cindy Woodsmall before this and from the first page of this book I absolutely fell in love with it. Woodsmall draws you in to the story and makes you feel at home. I felt devastated when Mattie did and when she was happy I smiled right along with her through the book. From start to finish I read this book in less then 15 hours, I was completely absorbed. Woodsmall gives you just enough detail about these characters lives that you feel you are among them, living this life with them. This is a book I will most definitely be recommending!
* I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review *