Monday, October 31, 2011

The Christmas Singing



Gideon Beiler has loved Mattie Eash since they were children. But when faced with unexpected circumstances, he makes up an excuse to end their engagement. He doesn't want to lie to her, but he believes that telling Mattie the truth would be more hurtful.

Brokenhearted, Mattie moves from Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania, to Ohio, where she pursues her longtime dream of becoming a cake decorator. She finds a new beau -- a man offering the secure relationship Gideon has denied her.

When Mattie is forced to return to Apple Ridge, she and Gideon must confront the suffering created by his dishonesty -- and address the powerful emotions that continue to bind the two childhood friends.

My Review:

This slim little book packs a wallop and proves that Cindy Woodsmall can do concise without losing out on the depth and detail she is known for. Mattie is such a fun character -- and very different from your typical Amish heroine. Love her dreaminess, her klutziness, the way she can turn disaster into something fun and light-hearted. Except for her broken engagement that is. She knows how to harbour a grudge and I honestly can't blame her since she thinks one thing while the reality is far different.

I spent my time being alternately irritated and enamoured with Gideon. Honestly --he's...he's...just like a man!!!! Thinks like a man, acts like a man and believe me that isn't always a good thing! So there's fireworks at times, angst a plenty, but Woodsmall weaves it all together with some wonderfully heart-warming, light-hearted moments as well. A great combination for a Christmas read -- though there's not a lot of Christmas in the read. LOL. It's not as seasonal as I thought it would be, but that didn't detract from the story at all. In fact it makes it more universally appealing. Definitely not a book that has to be read only at Christmas.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like a chance at winning your own copy of The Christmas Singing please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Make sure to put the title in the subject line please. Draw will be held and announced on Sunday November 6. This offer is open internationally. Good luck!


  1. I would LOVE to win this book! Please enter me in the giveaway!!!

    frequentreader19 (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. Definitely sounds like a winning book. Have loved all of your so far. Please enter me.

    Linda At: desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  3. I would love to win this book!


  4. Love it!!! GREAT review as always, Kav! Would love a chance at this one :D
    Thanks so much!

  5. Love your so-like-a-man take on Gideon. And my first thought when I saw the book cover was "Oh, no, Christmas already?!" so I had a chuckle when you said it wasn't so much about Christmas.

  6. I love Christmas books and when you add in Amish it just doesn't get much better than that. From your review it sounds like a really fun book to read! Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.


    I had a major typo so had to repost. sorry :)

  7. Goodness -- Amish + Christmas is popular, isn't it? Good luck everyone!!!!

  8. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like a great book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.


  9. Please enter me in this giveaway:) I like Cindy's writing and she often puts some deep writing in her books. Thanks for the chance at winning this!


  10. thanks for the chance to read cindy's latest christmas novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  11. Your welcome, Charity and Karen. Good luck!

  12. I would love a chance to read this book. I am looking for some Christmas books and this one sounds good. Please include me in your giveaway.

  13. Sounds great. Please enter me. Thanks.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  14. Christmas before Thanksgiving is fine with me. (I mean reading a story with Christmas in the title at least, if I win and can read it before Thanksgiving). Misunderstandings are what most of the turmoil in this area is made up of and most times, people run or at least change direction instead of confronting the 'hurt' head on and working through it. This sounds like a good book, please enter me. Thanks.
    Pam Williams
    cepjwms (at) wb4me (dot) com

  15. This definitely sounds like a great book and would love to read it. Please enter me in the giveaway.


  16. Good luck Debbie, Amy, Pam and Jo!!!!

  17. I really love books about Christmas and would like to win and read this one.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  18. I love reading Christmas books too, Marjorie. Good luck!