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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Review: Christmas In Apple Ridge by Cindy Woodsmall



Christmas in Apple Ridge by Cindy Woodsmall contains 3 books about the Plain folk living in Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania.

In The Sound of Sleigh Bells, Beth Hertzler is struggling to get over a past tragedy.  Desperate to help her niece, her aunt latches onto the one thing that has stirred Beth's interest, an artist that does amazing carvings. But, her small deception while trying to help Beth heal may ruin her chance for true happiness.  What will happen when Beth learns the truth of who Jonah really is?

In The Christmas Singing, Mattie is forced to return home after a fire destroys her beloved cake decorating shop.  Once there she is forced to work alongside the man who broke her heart.  When she learns the truth about Gideon, will it heal her broken heart, or cause even more despair?

In The Dawn of Christmas, Sadie has been away from home for quite sometime after being hurt by her fiancee.  She is quite content with her life and never getting married.  Levi also has no desire for marriage after watching his brother's wife break his heart.  Levi and Sadie devise a plan to pretend to court so their families will leave them be.  Is it really all pretend, or can they both learn how to love and trust?

Cindy Woodsmall is one of my favorite authors of Amish fiction.  She not only tells a good story, they also come with a powerful message, and something we all can learn from.  I had already read and reviewed The Christmas Singing, but had not read the other two and certainly didn't mind rereading that one.  I really liked all three stories in the same novel.  Sometimes with Amish fiction and the characters all having similar or the same names, it can be confusing to figure out which characters go along with who.  With all three novels in one book you get a better feel for the whole story.  Also, this novel contains 3 complete books.  The stories and characters are well developed.  It makes for a much better story than if it contained 3 shortened novellas.  I would highly recommend Christmas in Apple Ridge by Cindy Woodsmall.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary ebook copy of Christmas in Apple Ridge for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation.  
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