Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Book Review: The Christmas Singing by Cindy Woodsmall

This novel is the story of Mattie, an Amish girl who at the opening of the book has a pretty happy life. She's the successful owner of a cake bakery, and is seeing the nice and stable Sol with the intentions of marrying him, someday. She's come a long way since three years ago when her heart was broken by finding the man she loved, Gideon, in an Englischer girl's embrace. It was because of this betrayal she moved to a different Amish community to start her bakery and start over with life.

Then a disaster happens which causes her to come home to her parent's for an extended visit... where she can't seem to help but come across Gideon. As memories and wounds come to light, so do secrets that could change everything.

I genuinely enjoyed this book. I've read other Cindy Woodsmall books, and I don't think this one is quite as well written. She'd tell us a detail in one chapter, then tell all about it again a couple chapters later. Also, since she featured a few characters from other books of hers I haven't read, I had trouble differentiating between vague allusions to the past that were part of the story, i.e. things she'd reveal more about later but was trying to interest us in now, and allusions to the past that were nods to readers of past works.

However, while this wasn't Woodsmall's best, she's such a good writer it was definitely worth reading anyway.

I received a copy of this book for free from the publishers in exchange for my unbiased review.


  1. I also reviewed this book and liked it but didn't love it too. Hugs and have a great week! :O)

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