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The Christmas Singing

A Romance from the Heart of Amish Country
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Series: Apple Ridge, Book 2
Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 best seller 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.

After Gideon coldly broke her heart, can the warmth of the season revive Mattie’s faith in love? 

©2011 Cindy Woodsmall (P)2011 Random House Audio

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  • lorie
  • hillsboro, MO, United States
  • 10-20-11

Disappointed

I was excited and anxiously waiting to read Cindy Woodsmall lastest Amish romance, but I have been sorely disappointed. The story line is weak and holds no excitement, or anything that would make me want to continue. The narration is boring and dull. Unfortunately I wasted my credit on this book, and can't even finish it. Cindy Woodsmall is an excellent author, but this is not one of her best.

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Exceptional emotional and very touching story.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely I would. I actually was brought to tears during a part in which they discussed people who are chronically ill.

What other book might you compare The Christmas Singing to and why?

The Christmas sleigh. Another Cindy Woodsmall book.

Which scene was your favorite?

The mom tearfully admitted to her daughter that if she could have spared telling her and her dad that she was sick, she would have. She was agreeing with her daughters ex boyfriend who had been fighting cancer and was trying to keep it a secret as not to ruin her life, trying to spare her his grief and allow her tohave a normal life even if it meant without him.

If you could rename The Christmas Singing, what would you call it?

I wouldn't. It was perfect and got do well. Perhaps I would have called it The Sacrifice if I really had to.

Any additional comments?

The narrator Cassandra Campbell is one of the best there is. She makes a great story even better. She brings the characters to life and one really becomes lost in the plot.

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  • lillian
  • Reno, Nevada, United States
  • 12-24-12

Good read beyond the Christmas holiday

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this to a friend that would enjoy the book for a good story. It isn't steamy or action packed but it is worth reading.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main female character, Maddy Lane. She struggles with her feelings in the story and has a nice way of including the reader in her thoughts.

What aspect of Cassandra Campbell’s performance would you have changed?

I wouldn't change anything.

Was The Christmas Singing worth the listening time?

Definetly worth the time and in the holiday season it was heart warming.