Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Christmas in Apple Ridge by Cindy Woodsmall

This book, Christmas in Apple Ridge, is actually a collection of three of Cindy Woodsmall's Amish fiction books, The Sound of Sleigh Bells, The Christmas Singing, and The Dawn of Christmas. The names sound really Christmas-y, don't they? Well the books are not about Christmas!! Surprise!! :)

Now don't let that make you think that I did not like this book, I did! I just thought that it was funny that they were all "Christmas" titles, in a large book entitled "Christmas in Apple Ridge" when the only bit of Christmas was that the stories each ended around Christmas time. Sounds like a marketing ploy to me!!

HOWEVER!!!! I loved these books :) Each of the books were an Amish fiction love story, different characters (though some of them intersected minorly across the stories). Each of the main characters were Amish women, seemingly with no hope of true love, who find true love. :) Yes, that's over-simplified, but it's kind of the point of each one. They are sweet, clean, gentle, happy-ending stories, written by a great story-teller. They are easy to read and the kind of book you want to just read through to the end without too many interruptions. Yes, they're kind of predictable, but hey! I like that. :) The characters are interesting and different enough that you don't feel like you're reading the same story three times over.

I'd definitely recommend this book. If you're a fan of Amish fiction, you'll like this. . .and if you like (clean, sweet) love stories, you'll like this. . .and maybe if you're looking for a book to read over the Christmas holiday--you could even read it in a time that matches the title! (haha) It'd make a great gift too (maybe even a Christmas gift! haha again) Jokes aside, it really is an enjoyable, quick, easy read.

I received a copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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