The Christmas Singing is a quiet novel set in the current day. Mattie and Gideon grew up together in their Pennsylvania Amish community, and eventually were engaged. However, Gideon broke Mattie’s heart when he broke up with her three years ago. Mattie gathered herself together and moved to live in the same Ohio town as her brother. There, she was able to follow her dream of opening a bakery and built a small, but successful company. She even started to move on and met a new man from the local Amish community. Sol has a steady, quiet demeanor that appeals to Mattie after her relationship with Gideon.
When Mattie is faced with the destruction of her company, she runs into Gideon again. She is forced to confront her feelings for him, her feelings for Sol, as well as her desire to reopen her business. Mattie has always believed that she was the wronged party in the breakup between her and Gideon. However, things are not always as they appear. Gideon has had a very good reason for breaking up with her – one that Mattie has to take the time and the reflection to discover.
Mattie has a standing engagement for the Christmas singing. Either she goes to her hometown singing with Gideon, or she meets Sol at the singing in Ohio. Whichever one she chooses will determine her future.
I liked this story. I thought that it was a great story and I liked how calm the writing was. I had the feeling that I was getting to know these characters, even though it was a short novel. I liked that Mattie seemed to be more “worldly” than some of the other Amish heroines. She seems so very creative and her bakery has allowed her to earn a living doing something that she loved. I was caught up in the differences between Sol and Gideon. While I wanted her to pick the right man, I could see how she would be conflicted, given the circumstances.
I received this book from WaterBrook Press for the purposes of reviewing it. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
- “The Christmas Singing” (smalltownnebraska.wordpress.com)