The Christmas Singing by Cindy Woodsmall {Review}

Genres: Amish Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance

The Christmas Singing by Cindy Woodsmall
Genre: Christian Amish Christmas Fiction
Pages: 208 Jacketed Hardcover
Date Published: 2011
Publisher: Waterbrook Multnomah

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

Christmas has always been special to cake decorator Mattie Eash, who was born on the wondrous holiday.

Yet the season has lost its appeal in the three years since then, her childhood sweetheart abruptly ended their engagement on Christmas Eve. Mattie has moved on, left Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania and pursued her dreams of a cake shop in Berlin, Ohio and given her heart to someone new. Someone unlike Gideon Beiler. Someone safe.

Then an unforeseen setback forces her home and into painful proximity to Gideon. Will learning the truth behind his rejection restore her Christmas joy—or open the door to even deeper heartbreak?

Read in January, 2012 — I own a copy

Last year, one of my favorite Christmas reads was The Sound of Sleigh Bells and I was delighted this year to return to “the Heart of Amish Country” to revisit a few characters and find many more to love in The Christmas Singing. Cindy Woodsmall really is my favorite Amish author and she provided a great way to spend a few days when I had a moment here and there learning and loving some characters as they all grew and they learned to love and understand each other.

Easily, I’m fairly certain this was my favorite Christmas read. Definitely one for recommendation.

Thanks to Cindy for providing a copy for review. My apologies that I did not recommend it to all of you before the holiday season!

Go back and read my review of the Sisters of Quilt trilogy, CLICK HERE.

As for The Sound of Sleigh Bells, I still believe it and it holds true to this novel as well… This is one of those books that has a good plot and so many little facets that keep it interesting and different from other stories. A reader may assume they know what is to come next, but they do not see the whole picture until the end. Family is a theme, Christmas spirit is through out, and each chapter brings one deeper into the lives of very interesting characters. Cindy Woodsmall did well with her other series with the Sisters of the Quilt, and even though this is a stand-alone Christmas book the quality of the story is right on key.

I highly recommend her books to anyone looking for a short-ish story at right about two hundred pages for the winter time. I personally could hear the sleigh bells and children’s giggles while reading her words of text.


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

Click here to download chapter one of The Christmas Singing.


Cindy Woodsmall is a veteran homeschool mom. As her children progressed in age, her desire to write grew stronger. After working through reservations whether this desire was something she should pursue, she began her writing journey. Her husband was her staunchest supporter as she aimed for what seemed impossible.

Her first novel released in 2006 to much acclaim and became a Christian Book Association best seller. Cindy was a 2007 ECPA Christian Book Award finalist, along with Karen Kingsbury, Angela Hunt, and Charles Martin.

Her book, When the Morning Comes, hit the New York Times best-sellers extended list and the Christian Book Association best-sellers list.

Cindy’s real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity.

Cindy lives in Georgia with her family. Visit her website at


SNEAK PEEK: The Christmas Singing by Cindy Woodsmall


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

Click here to download chapter one of The Christmas Singing.

Mattie thought her childhood sweetheart Gideon adored her until his actions proved otherwise. Three years have passed and Mattie wonders – can the beauty of this Christmas restore her faith?

Click here to download chapter one of The Christmas Singing.

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About CherryBlossomMJ

The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her eight-year-old AppleBlossom, three-year-old Almond Blossom (the Rascal boy!), six-year-old OrangeBlossom (the Princess), and newborn Mermaid Warrior in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.


  1. I reviewed this book too and also enjoyed it. Hugs and have a great weekend! :O)

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