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The Christmas Singing (Chapter 1 Excerpt)
First of all, let me just say that I love Cindy Woodsmall’s books. I think this might be the first short novel of hers that I have read. I have to say that I was a little disappointed with this one. I think it’s because in a short novel there isn’t a lot of time to develop the characters and delve into plot lines. I think if there had been fewer characters, then there might have been time to really get to know the main characters. That being said, I think this book set out to do what it was supposed to do. It is a fast, enjoyable read. Mattie, the main character, is a quirky, likeable girl, who has suffered betrayal and heartbreak. When her cake shop burns down she is forced to return home and encounters her former fiancé, Gideon. Since the time of their breakup, she has formed a relationship with Sol, and easy going, strong, quiet type, who has a passion for hunting. As the story progresses, Mattie has to decide if she can forgive Gideon and if she should continue her relationship with Sol. The ending is predictable, as most romance novels are, but it seems to end very quickly.
This novel also points out the different practices within the Old Order Amish. I appreciate that the author has personal knowledge and is friends with many Old Order Amish, so I trust her portrayals.
I think I would recommend this to someone who is looking for a light, fast read.
I look forward to Cindy’s next full novel. She’s still one of my favorites!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Press through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
From the WaterBrook Press website:"After Gideon coldly broke her heart, can the warmth of the season revive Mattie’s hopes?
Mattie thought her childhood sweetheart adored her until he abruptly ended their engagement on Christmas Eve.
Three years later, will learning the truth behind his rejection restore her Christmas joy – or open the door to even deeper heartbreak?
Spend Christmas with the Amish in this story of love, romance, heartache, and restoration."