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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

'The Christmas Singing' by Cindy Woodsmall

I'm not usually one for Christian fiction or Christian romance books. I've read a few Amish romance novels and I couldn't ever connect with the characters. My own life seems so far removed from the characters in these kinds of books, so normally I don't really have a frame of reference to go with. So I don't really know why I picked this book to review but I'm glad I did.

This is a light easy read with characters that are real and flawed and likable. The story centers around Mattie who had her heart broken by the love of her life, Gideon. She then moves out of state, starts a new life with her own bakery and meets a safe, nice man who she plans to marry. Through various circumstances, she comes back into contact with Gideon and realizes that she's not over him completely.

While the ending became a little predictable, I enjoyed this book all the way to the end. Honestly though, every romance novel regardless of genre is a little predictable! I don't want to give anything about the story away, but there's really no bad guy here. All the characters had their flaws but you could really empathize with them. They all had their reasons for doing the things they did but didn't try to actively hurt one another.

My only small complaint is, there were parts that I felt would have been better and made the story overall better if they had been fleshed out more. A little longer, more in depth book would have been better for me.

A nice surprise is the recipes at the end of the book for the cakes in the story. They sound so very yummy and if I ever have the time and the inspiration I might have to pull out this book and make one of those cakes.   If Christian romance, especially Amish is your thing you will really enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers in exchange for my review. I was not required to give a positive review and all thoughts contained within are my own.

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