Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"Christmas in Apple Ridge" {3-in-1 Collection} by Cindy Woodsmall

Series:  The Apple Ridge Series, books 1-3

Book 1- ‘The Sound of Sleigh Bells’ by Cindy Woodsmall

“Beth Hertzler works alongside her beloved Aunt Lizzy in their dry goods store, and serving as contact of sorts between Amish craftsmen and Englischers who want to sell the Plain people’s wares. But remorse and loneliness still echo in her heart everyday as she still wears the dark garb, indicating mourning of her fiancĂ©. When she discovers a large, intricately carved scene of Amish children playing in the snow, something deep inside Beth’s soul responds and she wants to help the unknown artist find homes for his work–including Lizzy’s dry goods store. But she doesn’t know if her bishop will approve of the gorgeous carving or deem it idolatry.
Lizzy sees the changes in her niece when Beth shows her the woodworking, and after Lizzy hunts down Jonah, the artist, she is all the more determined that Beth meets this man with the hands that create healing art. But it’s not that simple–will Lizzy’s elaborate plan to reintroduce her niece to love work? Will Jonah be able to offer Beth the sleigh ride she’s always dreamed of and a second chance at real love–or just more heartbreak?”

Spiritual Content-  Psalm 4:8, Many Scriptures & Prayers are said.
Negative Elements- N/A

Sexual Content- Two almost kisses that get interrupted.

-Beth Hertzler
-Jonah Kinsinger                                                     
                       P.O.V. switches between Beth & Jonah

Book 2- ‘The Christmas Singing’ by Cindy Woodsmall

“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.”

Spiritual Content- Scriptures & Prayers are said.

Negative Elements-

Sexual Content- A Kiss

                         P.O.V. switches between them & Sol

Book 3- ‘The Dawn of Christmas’ by Cindy Woodsmall

“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?”

Spiritual Content- Like the first two, Scriptures & Prayers are said.

Negative Elements- N/A

Sexual Content- Kisses

              P.O.V. switches between them, Beth & Jonah

 I really enjoy Amish fiction, and this one was very good! My favorite was the first one. :)


*I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.
*BFCG recommends this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.