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The Christmas Singing

(Apple Ridge #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,467 ratings  ·  164 reviews
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 s
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by WaterBrook Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mattie has a pretty fulfilling life. She has her own cake shop and she enjoys making special cakes for people, but there is something - and someone - she avoids even thinking about. She came to this town to start her shop, where she had relatives, running away from her home when the love of her life broke up with her. Dire circumstances forced Mattie to return home, and she must face Gideon once again. But Gideon has not been truthful with Mattie, and he, too, must account for what he did and fo ...more
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This slim little book packs a wallop and proves that Cindy Woodsmall can do concise without losing out on the depth and detail she is known for. Mattie is such a fun character -- and very different from your typical Amish heroine. Love her dreaminess, her klutziness, the way she can turn disaster into something fun and light-hearted. Except for her broken engagement that is. She knows how to harbour a grudge and I honestly can't blame her since she thinks one thing while the reality is far diffe ...more
Rachel Brand
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it

Believing that her boyfriend Gideon Beiler had betrayed her, Mattie Eash had fled from Pennsylvania to Ohio one Christmas. Now settled into her new life with her Ohio relatives, she has opened a cake shop and has a successful career as a cake-decorator, and a lukewarm relationship with reliable Sol Bender. But when a catastrophe drives her back to her home community in Pennsylvania, she finds herself fa
Meagan Myhren-bennett
By Cindy Woodsmall

Three years have passed since Gideon’s betrayal broke Mattie’s heart. Mattie’s moved on leaving her parents, friends, and Gideon behind in Pennsylvania. Living near her older brother in Ohio Mattie’s bakery is successful and she has a new boyfriend, one that will never break her heart! But in a moment of forgetfulness Mattie’s bakery is gone – destroyed by a fire.

As Mattie waits for the insurance to settle up, she returns to Pennsylvania to visit with the f
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
An Amish romance from Cindy Woodsmall, just in time for Christmas!

Short and sweet, yet not sappily so, The Christmas Singing is sure to please. I read this sweet story in less than a day and enjoyed every minute of it. The pages turned steadily as I found myself fascinated and entertained with Mattie Eash's world.

Mattie Eash is a young Amish woman with a gift for decorating cakes. But after her bakery burns to the ground and she goes home for the holidays, she comes face to face with her childh
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while, you open a book, and the characters that emerge from the pages are living, breathing and believable. They take your hand and guide you through a story, making you laugh, making you cry, and always make it hard to turn that last page. Gideon and Mattie from Cindy Woodsmall’s The Christmas Singing are those kinds of characters.

The story opens with Mattie, she’s the equivalent of the Amish Cake Boss. She’s moved to Ohio, after discovering Gideon in the arms of another woman.
Mary Beth
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Mattie had finally picked up the pieces of her life, the life she had broken by her first love Gideon. or that is what she's been telling herself. Life is comfortable for Mattie, in which she's just too content too mess with at this point in her life. She moves to Ohio, in which she lives with her brother and his family at first. She gets her business, "Mattie Cakes" off and running, her dreams are coming true. She's doing really well, her business is booming til one day an accident forces her t ...more
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sweet. This is the word I would use to describe this story- sweet. It is a shorter story- it comes right around 200 pages and is easily read in one sitting.

The pacing in the story was excellent and the story was well told. I found myself rooting for all of the characters. I loved that Mattie was a cake decorator- that doesn't seem to be a typical Amish character (from what I read). It was fun to read about all the cakes that she made. I especially enjoyed the recipes from the cakes mentioned in
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! Great story of love and courage.
Feb 03, 2012 rated it liked it
A heartwarming Amish romance!
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful Amish holiday love story!
Laura  Lane
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cindy Woodsmall does not disappoint in this lovely Christmas Romance. Gideon and Mattie are childhood friends and teenage sweethearts. Their hearts beat together as they enjoy all the wonders that wholesome youthful activities can bring. Until suddenly, Gideon shuts Mattie out. After Gideon goes home early after a Christmas Eve singing, Mattie visits him on Christmas day. She finds him with an Englisher woman in his arms. He breaks their relationship off abruptly.

The story picks up in Mattie Ca
Alyssa Thomas
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019
This book was certainly not the best Amish fiction I have read. It seemed at if she had no clue how to incorporate Amish into the book, and seemed to have no knowledge of the actual culture. Some things seemed very unrealistic to the fact that these people were Amish. Good story, just not executed well. When you read Beverley Lewis or Wanda E. Brunstetter, they incorporate a lot of Dutch and the culture; they talk more about what they wear and the men’s beards, the church services, the farming, ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Hmm, never read an Amish story before; I'm not much into romances of any type, but felt attracted to read this one. I work in a library and know quite a few women who enjoy these stories, so I thought I'd take a look. I don't know any Amish personally, but having visited Amish shops, I'm hard pressed to believe an Amish bakery would produce such fancy creations as in the book. Mostly I've found tasty, but plain pies. Story line was ok, just didn't strike me as plausible either. The Amish communi ...more
The Christmas Singing gives the reader exactly what they would expect - a heart warming story that is perfect for reading during the Christmas season. I needed a heartwarming story to curl up with, and believe me, it didn't disappoint. I found myself both charmed and captivated and was happy with the ending - it turned out exactly the way I wanted it to. If you love Amish or Christmas stories, add this one to your reading list. You won't be disappointed!
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second novella in the Apple Ridge series. Mattie Eash, cousin to Beth Hertzler (co-owner of the dry good store in Apple Ridge), now lives in Ohio with her brother and his family. Her cake shop is doing well, and she is courting a local Amish man. However, when a disaster causes her to return home to Apple Ridge where she left behind a major heartbreak, Mattie's heart becomes more confused.

This is a good story of love, forgiveness, and understanding.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet Christmas story. I liked the main characters in this story, and I liked that the main characters from the first book were in this one too. I was surprised by his, Gideon's, secret, and the ending was sweet. It made me smile. Also, I enjoyed reading about all the cakes that Mattie baked. They all sounded so delicious.
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I enjoy all Cindy Woodsmall books. I must say that this book was enjoyable only one could figure out everything that would happen in this book from the first couple of pages. I enjoyed getting to know all the characters better and learning more about their lives. The book kept my interest because of the other town folks, only sorry, the main characters were just too predictable.
Christie Brumley
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy a great Amish romance set during Christmas. It's heartwarming and gets you in the Christmas spirit. The Amish lifestyle has always been fascinating and these books make you long for the simple things in life.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
Perfect for Chrismas. Required no deep thought. Happy Ending.
Wonderful story, I truly enjoy the Apple Ridge series.
Sara Kreps
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Simple and sweet
Heather Bridson
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very sweet story of true love, loss, faith and cake! I love amish stories, and this one is done well. Loved it!
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas, library
A cute and wholesome Christmas romance.
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cindy-woodsmall

Short and sweet and not necessarily a Christmas read
Believing that her boyfriend Gideon Beiler had betrayed her, Mattie Eash had fled from Pennsylvania to Ohio one Christmas. Now settled into her new life with her Ohio relatives, she has opened a cake shop and has a successful career as a cake-decorator, and a luk
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was pretty disappointed since I loved "The Sound of Sleighbells"
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Delightful little story. After growing up together and knowing each other. Gideon told Mattie they must go their seperate ways. A broken hearted Mattie keeps going and piucks up the pieces by seeing Sol. Her gift of decorating cakes keeps her busy until business goes up in flames .
Nov 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
With Christmas on the way, I am all about Christmas stories. I had read "The Sound of Sleigh Bells: A Romance from the Heart of Amish Country" by Cindy Woodsmall several years ago and absolutely adored it. I loved it so much, I shared it with everyone who was interested.

Because of the love of that book, I had to pick up "The Christmas Singing: A Romance from the Heart of Amish Country" also by Cindy Woodsmall when I saw it available via my library and the Overdrive app. Because I have a lot of h
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish, christian
Heart broken from the break-up of her beloved Gideon, Mattie can’t figure out how she failed him so much to betray her. One minute her and Gideon are perfectly fine and happy, and the next he is cheating on her with Englischer girls. Catching him in the act and feeling as if her world crashed down around her she flees her hometown to get away from him and the pain inflicted. She moves to Ohio to live with her brother and his family. Only there does she start to blossom into the cake maker she d ...more
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Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written nineteen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy's been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has ...more

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