Wednesday, December 21, 2011

"The Christmas Singing" Review

Three years ago at Christmastime, Mattie Eash’s childhood sweetheart, Gideon Beiler, broke her heart. Since then, Mattie has picked up the pieces of her life. She moved to Ohio, started her own cake shop, and even found a new beau.

But when she must return home due to unforeseen circumstances, Mattie comes face-to-face with Gideon and with the truth that has been hiding all these years.

Christmas is a special time of year for everyone, but especially for Mattie and Gideon, and it might just be the gift they were both looking for.

When I sat down to read this book, it was the absolute best time I could have chosen. My daughter was napping, the house was peaceful, and the first snow of the winter season in Indiana was falling outside. (Sigh.)

For the rest of the afternoon, I just enjoyed this nice story that takes place during the Christmas season.

The Christmas Singing is by Cindy Woodsmall, and it is an Amish novella that includes characters from at least one of the author’s previous books.

One thing I liked about this book was that even though I was not familiar with the characters, I was still able to enjoy the story. There was enough background given by the author that I understood what was going on. I also liked the aspect that Mattie owned her own bakery. It was an interesting addition to the plot, and I loved the name of her shop:  “Mattie Cakes.”

My one complaint is that towards the end Mattie and Gideon spend a day together, and I would have loved to go through that day with them. I felt as if the story had built up until this point, and I was disappointed to not be able to experience that day through their eyes.

The plot of The Christmas Singing is typical for a romantic Christmas story, but I still enjoyed it. I didn’t find myself being bored, even though it was comfortable. It was a great little book to curl up with on a snowy afternoon and read about the coming Christmas season.

I will give The Christmas Singing … 3 ½ BookWorms.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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