Christmas in Apple Ridge is a three-in-one collection of stories set in Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania. The first is The Sound of Sleigh Bells, followed by The Christmas Singing, and finally The Dawn of Christmas. Each of these stories are also available individually. All the stories feature a love story, complicated by past betrayal, heartache, tragedy, or loss, but demonstrates restoration and redemption. The first story features Jonah and Beth, but readers get to revisit them throughout the other two books. Likewise, in the second story, readers meet Mattie and Gideon, only to revisit them in the last story.
When I received this book, I was surprised at it’s length and thought it would take me a week to finish it. However, the characters were so interesting and the plots grabbed my attention so much that I finished it in two days. Typically love stories in novels follow a predictable pattern, which is fine because they work. However, in these books, especially the first two, there were times when I wasn’t quite sure if the main characters would end up together or not.
I really enjoyed all three of the books included in this one large book. They were well-written, descriptive, and informative about the Plain folk culture. I did not realize they used car batteries to power the lights on their buggies. I also thought the recipes included after book two sounded delicious and fun to make. Even the soap recipe at the end of book three sounds possible to make, although I have never made soap before. Aside from the characters and the plot, I thought the messages in each book were good. People make all kinds of mistakes, sometimes even when we do what we think is best, it isn’t, but God can take any circumstance and use it for unbelievable good. I just can’t read that enough!
If you are a fan of Amish fiction, you will enjoy these charming books. If you enjoy nice, clean romance stories, give Christmas in Apple Ridge a try.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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