Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Notes in Review: The Christmas Singing

Lies never bring about the best results, and The Christmas Singing paints an excellent example of the damage they can do.

Mattie Eash and Gideon Beiler have been in love since childhood. When Gideon manufactures a lie to break off their engagement, a crushed Mattie leaves town and starts a business baking and decorating cakes. Three years later, she's forced by circumstances to return to Apple Ridge, and to work in close proximity to her former fiancĂ©. It doesn't take long for her to realize she still loves him…but he still seems to have a weakness for non-Amish women.

And Mattie has no tolerance for liars and cheats.

The Christmas Singing is a short but heartwarming tale of love, loss and learning—to forgive, and to trust. It's a sad picture of what happens when human beings try to manipulate the results they think are best, rather than allowing God to be God. It's a sweet, cozy tale to curl up with in front of a holiday fireplace. Wonderful Amish characters in realistic situations, with believable emotions, problems, and all-too-human reactions. A wonderful Christmas read that'll put readers in the mood to decorate a tree, sing Christmas carols, and tell someone special how much they care. Well written and beautifully told. 

Reviewed by Delia Latham

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