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But an unforeseen setback forces her home and into painful proximity to Gideon. Will learning the truth behind his rejection restore her Christmas joy-or open the door to even deeper heartbreak?
Number of Pages: 208
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8 X 5.2 (inches)|
Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two WomenCindy Woodsmall, Miriam FlaudWaterBrook / 2011 / Trade Paperback$8.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 66 Reviews
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Experience the holidays with the Plain folk and discover the power of second chances in this touching story from the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Bridge of Peace.
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 doesnt want to lie to her, but he believes that telling Mattie the truth will 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 beaua 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.
After Gideon coldly broke her heart, can the warmth of the season revive Matties faith in love?
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. Her ability to authentically portray her characters comes from her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families. Cindy lives in Georgia with her family. Visit her website at CindyWoodsmall.com.
Deb 35 Stars Out Of 5The Christmas SiningJune 28, 2015Deb 3Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5So Good, I couldn't put it down.
Bonnie KernsThorndike, MEAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Entertaining ReadNovember 11, 2013Bonnie KernsThorndike, MEAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Thoroughly enjoyed reading this edition. The author is a fine story teller and I am adding other books by this author to my collection. Keep up the good job.
a walk through the pages4 Stars Out Of 5The Christmas SingingFebruary 29, 2012a walk through the pagesQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Christmas Singing tells the sweet story of Mattie and Gideon.
They grew up together in the Amish community of Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania. Just when most would be considering marriage, they suddenly broke things off after Mattie finds Gideon in the arms of an English woman.
Mattie must begin again. She moves to Ohio, opens a cake shop and has a new boyfriend. Things seem to be going well when suddenly everything begins to fall apart. She is injured when Mattie's Cakes catches on fire. With her shop destroyed, she goes home to Apple Ridge to recover with family. Little does she know an old chapter of her life will be reopened when she encounters Gideon again.
There is much more to the story behind their breakup. You will not discover the conclusion of Mattie and Gideon's story until to come to the final pages of this novella. It is an enjoyable journey.
Jeanne Kimball5 Stars Out Of 5Loved this story!February 2, 2012Jeanne KimballQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was a Christmas present. I really enjoyed it. I could not put it down. I hope to find a sequel to the book. I would love to read about the rest of her story ie. her wedding and family life married to Gideon.
beckieAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5christmas singing reviewJanuary 6, 2012beckieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleI received "The Christmas Singing" by Cindy Woodsmall for free from Blogging For Books. This is a novella about a girl Mattie and her bitter breakup. Three years prior, Gideon, her boyfriend, broke up with her when she walked in on him hugging another girl, in his house, alone. She moves 6 hours away to live near her brother, start her own cake making business, and to move on. She meets Sol and has been dating him the last 2 years. Sol is not the passionate love that one dreams of. He is safe, direct, not passionate, and gets along fine without Mattie. Which means he won't break her heart since he never really has it.
Mattie's cake shop catches fire and she has to move back temporarily with her parents. Back to Gideon. While there, Mattie and Gideon meet back up with passion. Of course it is the passion of hate, but still its a blaze.
I like this book fairly well. As you know, I'm not a big fan of Amish books, but this one is not bad. The people are real. There biggest fear isn't where and when they will find their next shoo-fly pie. They are normal everyday people. I like that in my Amish.