Things are not as they seem in this story of an Amish romance gone wrong. Mattie and Gideon are childhood friends whose relationship becomes romantic and then stormy when Mattie catches Gideon with another woman. Gideon and Mattie break up and Mattie moves to Ohio after Gideon ends their engagement on Christmas Eve with a lie.
Mattie, a resourceful woman, starts a cake decorating business and finds a new romance. A tragic accident forces her to return to Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania where she runs into Gideon again. When she finally learns the secret behind his lie, will it draw them together again or tear them further apart?
I loved Mattie and her story. I admired her creativity and strength and found her charming even with her flaws. She is a bit scatterbrained, jealous, and very angry at Gideon. But Gideon could have saved himself from her sharp tongue by being honest with her. He failed to understand and appreciate her strengths. The book is a great reminder of how lies can destroy happiness and how we should never underestimate the ability of people who love us to understand and forgive when given a fair chance.
I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.