Christmas in Apple Ridge by Cindy Woodsmall is a collection of three Amish love stories all set in Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania. The books were released individually in 2011, 2012, and 2013, but I loved reading them all together in one package. Though each story is self-contained, characters from previous stories make appearances in the newer ones, so readers get a glimpse into their happily-ever-afters. Woodsmall even worked characters from another novella, The Scent of Cherry Blossoms, into the mix. I liked that.
Each of these stories focuses on one woman and one man who must overcome some tragedy from the past in order to find the strength to take a chance on falling in love. These characters are strong and determined and often quite stubborn, so there are lots of misunderstandings and issues for them to overcome as they find themselves drawn together. Their stories are sweet and fun to read; the Christmas setting in each adds an extra romantic touch.
If you enjoy simple stories with subtle messages and haven’t read any of Woodsmall’s Christmas novellas yet, I recommend this collection, Christmas in Apple Ridge, to you. Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers sent me a complimentary copy for this honest review.