November 18, 2012

Review: Christmas in Apple Ridge

Book Title: Christmas in Apple Ridge
Author: Cindy Woodsmall
Genres: Fiction, Amish, Christmas, Amish Fiction, Collection, Series, Christian Fiction,
Series: Apple Ridge
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Pub Date: October 9, 2012 (576 Pages, Paperback)
Book Source: Received it for an Honesty Review
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Synopsis:
Experience the holidays with the Plain folk of Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania, in these touching novellas centered around love, romance, heartache, and restoration from best-selling author Cindy Woodsmall.

The Sound of Sleigh Bells:
Beth Hertzler is unable to let go of a past tragedy, but when she discovers a large, intricately carved scene of Amish children playing in the snow, something deep inside Beth’s soul responds. Determined that her niece meet the gifted artist, her aunt tracks him down, but it’s not that simple – will Jonah be able to offer Beth the sleigh ride she’s always dreamed of and a second chance at real love?

The Christmas Singing:
Mattie thought her childhood sweetheart adored her until he abruptly ended their engagement on Christmas Eve. Brokenhearted, Mattie moves away and pursues her longtime dream of becoming a cake decorator, and even finds a new beau. But when Mattie is forced to return home three years later, will learning the truth behind Gideon’s rejection restore her Christmas joy – or open the door to even deeper heartbreak?
   
The Dawn of Christmas:
Sadie enjoys her freedom away from home and her mission trips to Peru, but after four years, her Old Order Amish family insists it’s time to come home and settle down. Levi, a bachelor who distrusts women after a family heartbreak, also has no desire for romance. To keep their families from meddling in their lives, Sadie and Levi devise a plan—but soon discover that the walls around their hearts are breaking down. Can they let go of their prejudices, learn to trust each other, and embrace a future together?


My Thoughts:
This book has 3 stories in one. I enjoyed them all. The three stories are connected to the previous story in this book. It also mentions Aden and Annie in the last story called "The Dawn of Christmas".

The first story in the book in about Beth Hertzler and somewhat about her aunt Lizzy. The story revels some secrets throughout the book and a romance forms between Beth and Jonah. Will Beth take a chance at second love. Read to find out. You could read the the book called "The Sound of Sleigh Bells" to read about Beth and Jonah and Beth's aunt Lizzy.

The second story is about Mattie and Gideon. Mattie is living in Ohio for some time but something happen to bring her home to Apple Ridge. Her cousin Beth and Lizzy wedding. Though coming home will Mattie learn the truth of Gideon's break in the engagement on Christmas eve. Well they get back together. To find out what happens you can read it or you could read the book called "The Christmas Singing". You can read about Gideon and Mattie and about Lizzy and Beth weddings.

The third story is about Sadie and Levi. Levi is a cousin to Beth and Mattie in someway. Sadie and Levi do not trust the other gender. Though the way they met is somewhat strange that Sadie came and found him laying in the hay-field hurt. Can Sadie and Levi let go of their prejudices and learn to trust each other. You also get to hear about Lizzy and Beth and also about Mattie. There the other couple that is mention that is Aden and Annie. You can read about Aden and Annie story in the book called "The Scent of Cherry Blossoms". If you want to read about Sadie and Levi you can be getting the book called "The Dawn of Christmas".

If you want all three of the stories you can get this book called "Christmas in Apple Ridge".

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Note: "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."

November 2, 2012

Review: Last Plane out of Paris: Collectors Edition

Book Title: Last Plane out of Paris: Collectors Edition
Author: Paul Moxham
Genre: Action, WWII, Adventure, Romance,
Book Source: Won in a Giveaway (E-book)

Synopsis:
When the Germans invade France in June 1940, two British officers parachute into the country in an attempt to rescue a French aircraft designer, a man whose designs could decide the fate of the upcoming war.

With the help of the French resistance they manage to get their man, but are pursued by enemy agents who blow up the rescue plane. With no other options, and with the full force of the German Army heading their way, the team decide to make their way to Paris, where allied forces still remain in control.

And so the desperate race to get to Paris before the Germans begins. Follow them as they escape a burning barn, get swept into a raging river, and survive a tank attack. Read with bated breath as they try to escape the clutches of a traitor, have the Gestapo breathing down their neck, and much more!

Blending fact with fiction, this account of one of the darkest days of World War 2, told through the eyes of two British airmen, is a rip roaring novel that will have readers eagerly turning the pages in an attempt to find out the vital question - will the British airmen get to Paris before the Germans?


My Thoughts:
This story starts out slow at first. Though once things get going it non stop action. It felt like what going to happen to these two agents. Though it was something. British Airmen have a mission to do but we are not told until they reach the France Resistance  Though though out the whole  thing they  spect one person and they hold the spies with them think it the other person.

Things to got from bad to worse but how are the German getting the information  Though things are getting more execting has the book goes on. Their original mission is failed though they get a new mission. The new mission is to save a person that is to land in England. I am so in to this book for it give you sence of what happening before the United States enter the WWII.

I am looking forward to find out more about this even though it part fiction and part fact. I am waitting to see if there another book to follow.

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