The Sound of Sleigh Bells
Beth Hertzler is unable to let go of a past tragedy, but when she discovers a large, intricately carved scene of Amish children playing in the snow, something deep inside Beth’s soul responds. Determined that her niece meet the gifted artist, her aunt tracks him down, but it’s not that simple – will Jonah be able to offer Beth the sleigh ride she’s always dreamed of and a second chance at real love?
This was a very sweet Christmas story that held so much, despite its length. It was charming, well wrote and did not dwell too long with describing scenes which, in my opinion, made the book even more enjoyable. The book had a good plot with lots of fascinating details that moved it along quickly and left you wanting more. The characters were well developed and likable.This book had a wonderful theme of family, friendship and overcoming hurt by relying on God. What I really liked about this book is how Cindy manages to capture the Amish spirit of hard working, God-fearing, devote people while portraying real emotions and struggles that are relateable. The book is well crafted and easily recommendable to book lovers everywhere.
The Christmas Singing
Mattie thought her childhood sweetheart adored her until he abruptly ended their engagement on Christmas Eve. Brokenhearted, Mattie moves away and pursues her longtime dream of becoming a cake decorator, and even finds a new beau. But when Mattie is forced to return home three years later, will learning the truth behind Gideon’s rejection restore her Christmas joy – or open the door to even deeper heartbreak?
Cindy does not disappoint in ths book. As always she lets us get a glimpse into the challenges of Amish life and how the fear of what others might think about a situation cross all people alike. We all suffer from pain, rejection, loneliness, and guilt at mistakes made by us and others. This was a heart warming romance that defies obstacles and shows the love and grace of God and His people. Although this book takes place around Christmas, it really is more about the people in the story than the season. The real theme or message of this story is all about being truthful, no matter what the circumstances. I found this book to be charming and although a quick read it was not lacking in emotional depth.
Even if you don't particularly enjoy Amish romance, I believe that you would enjoy this short glimpse into the life of Mattie and Gideon and their unique and loveable story.
The Dawn of Christmas
Sadie enjoys her freedom away from home and her mission trips to Peru, but after four years, her Old Order Amish family insists it’s time to come home and settle down. Levi, a bachelor who distrusts women after a family heartbreak, also has no desire for romance. To keep their families from meddling in their lives, Sadie and Levi devise a plan—but soon discover that the walls around their hearts are breaking down. Can they let go of their prejudices, learn to trust each other, and embrace a future together?
The Dawn of Christmas is a novella, so it is a pretty short read and can be read in a couple of hours easily. When you go out to choose Christmas stories to read for the coming season,you need to place this one on your list of book to get. This was a delightful story of love thrown together and the fear of new relationships after past hurts and betrayals. I loved the combination that Cindy out together in the main characters, both distrusting of the opposite sex, yet both drawn to each other. Funny, heartfelt and engaging book.
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