The Christmas Singing by Cindy Woodsmall

The Christmas Singing by Cindy Woodsmall

Book Blurb

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.

 

My Thoughts on The Christmas Singing

Mattie decides to go live with her brother after a heartbreaking broken relationship with her boyfriend Gideon. What she didn’t know was that because of a secret Gideon didn’t want her to find out, he intentionally makes Mattie believe he is interested in someone else in order for their romance to end.

Then Mattie is forced to return to her home because of an accident and finds out about the secret Gideon kept from her, and you can imagine the confusing emotions buzzing through her head now.

The Singing Christmas Tree is another wonderful Amish fiction from Cindy Woodsmall. As with Cindy’s other books, she goes a little toward the edge telling this story giving readers and insight of how the Amish have some of the same difficulties to deal with in life as we all do. They deal with pain and sickness, heartaches and broken hearts, and sometimes not being truthful to each other as in this story. But they also find love and forgiveness and restoration through their relationship with God.

I appreciate this heartwarming romance in The Christmas Singing that Cindy has created for us to enjoy for this Christmas season. The wonderful characters she creates are fun to meet and get to know as we read the story. I would encourage you to grab a copy of this book to read and enjoy. You will not be disappointed in this one!

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah blogging for books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

About the Author

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author whose connection with the Amish community has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

She is also a veteran homeschool mom who no longer holds that position. As her children progressed in age, her desire to write grew stronger. After working through reservations whether this desire was something she should pursue, she began her writing journey. Her husband was her staunchest supporter as she aimed for what seemed impossible.

Her first novel released in 2006 to much acclaim and became a best seller. Cindy was a 2007 ECPA award finalist, along with Karen Kingsbury, Angela Hunt, and Charles Martin.

Her second book, When the Morning Comes, hit numerous best-sellers lists across the US, including edging into the extended list of the New York Times, coming in at number thirty-four.

Her third book, When the Soul Mends, hit the New York Times best-sellers list, coming in at number thirteen, as well as making the USA Today’s best-sellers list.

Cindy continues to write and release best-selling works of fiction, and she’s also written a nonfiction work with an Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud. The book is titled Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women.

Her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity.

Though she didn’t realize it at the time, seeds were sown years ago that began preparing Cindy to write these books. At the age of ten, while living in the dairy country of Maryland, she became best friends with Luann, a Plain Mennonite girl. Luann, like all the females in her family, wore the prayer Kapp and caped dresses. Her parents didn’t allow television or radios, and many other modern conveniences were frowned upon. During the numerous times Luann came to Cindy’s house to spend the night, her rules came with her and the two were careful to obey them—afraid that if they didn’t, the adults would end their friendship. Although the rules were much easier to keep when they spent the night at Luann’s because her family didn’t own any of the forbidden items, both sets of parents were uncomfortable with the relationship and a small infraction of any kind would have been enough reason for the parents to end the relationship. While navigating around the adults’ disapproval and the obstacles in each other’s lifestyle, the two girls bonded in true friendship that lasted into their teen years, until Cindy’s family moved to another region of the US.

As an adult, Cindy became friends with a wonderful Old Order Amish family who opened their home to her. Although the two women, Miriam and Cindy, live seven hundred miles apart geographically, and a century apart by customs, when they come together they never lack for commonality, laughter, and dreams of what only God can accomplish through His children.

Cindy, her husband, their three sons and two daughters-in-law reside in Georgia.

 

 

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