Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Christmas in Apple Ridge Book Review

Christmas in Apple Ridge is a collection of three novellas: The Sound of Sleigh Bells, The Christmas Singing, and The Dawn of Christmas by Cindy Woodsmall. The Dawn of Christmas is her new novella and finishes this collection nicely.

I liked the characters in these books and the delicious looking recipes at the end of the second two books. There is always good food in Woodsmall's books and I love that she includes recipes.
I really enjoyed the first book in this collection because the two characters end up writing letters to each other throughout the story. I love it when people write letters, as I used to do the same with my husband before we were married. The Sound of Sleigh Bells was a little bit more difficult for me to get into, but it ended up being a good story. The Christmas Singing is a good light read as is the Dawn of Christmas. Beth Hertzler, Mattie, and, Sadie are fun characters to read about because their lives and problems are real and honest.

I recommend this collection to anyone wanting to read light Christmas stories. (I tried to imagine myself curled up by a warm fire while reading this!)

I will say that I do love Woodsmall's writing, but her novels I enjoy better than her  novellas.

Read the first chapter here.

Order Christmas in Apple Ridge over here.

Cindy Woodsmall's website has a lot of information on this book and the making of the book collection.

"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. This is my honest opinion of the book."


Diane Estrella said...

I actually like her novellas better than the full length books. Oh well.... Have a great week! :O)

Michelle said...

Ah well we both enjoy her writing! I will say her books about the Amish are probably my favorite out of everyone else who writes about their lifestyle. Thanks for reading Diane!