Title: The Christmas Singing
Series: Apple Ridge #2
Author: Cindy Woodsmall
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Publisher: Random House Audio
Published Date: October 4th 2011
Genre: Christian Fiction, Amish Fiction, Contemporary, Holiday
My Rating: ★ ★ ★
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.
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 doesn’t 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 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.
MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
“In any serious relationship, if you don't gather your partner's opinion before making a decision that impacts you both, you're just storing up trouble for the future.”
This was a short, but sweet story.
Mattie is an Amish baker who has moved to a different town due to having had her heart broken by Gideon.
When disaster strikes at her bakery and she loses everything, her mom asks her to come home for a while. While she is home she sees old friends and starts to get back up on her feet, she also has to deal with Gideon and be around him almost all the time as the whole community tries to get them back together.
Throughout this whole book I couldn't help, but think that maybe Gideon was protecting her too much and more so himself because he wouldn't be able to handle knowing that if anything would happen to him that it would destroy her. That wasn't his choice to make though and he finally did realize that with a little help.
This story truly does show you that if you keep secrets from those you love you'll hurt everyone around you, not just you.
While I am glad there was a happy ending, I can't help, but feel a little bad for Saul as well. I know he didn't truly care for Mattie, breaking up on Chistmas eve can't be easy.