Monday, March 5, 2012

The Scent of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall

Book Description:  Annie Martin loves the Plain ways of her Old Order Mennonite people, like those revered by her beloved grandfather. Retreating from a contentious relationship with her mother, Annie goes to live with her Daadi Moses in Apple Ridge.  
 But as spring moves into Pennsylvania and Annie spends time amongst the cherry trees with the handsome Aden Zook, she wishes she could forget how deeply the lines between the Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonite are drawn. Can Annie and Aden find a place for their love to bloom in the midst of the brewing storm?
My Review:  This is one of those books that as you open the package a fresh scent of spring seems to pop out with the lovely cover.  
Annie is one of those conservative "horse and buggy Mennonites." Even though she is Old Order Mennonite her family has electricity and phones in their home.  However, Annie cherishes the "plain ways" and feels that her family is letting to many "modern" things into their lives.  There seem to be "issues" between Annie and her mother.  And Annie just feels that she does not fit into this family.  Every since her dad left, family life seems so much harder.
Then Annie and her mother have a disagreement and her mother feels that Annie needs to go spend time with her Daadi Moses in Apple Ridge.  So, off Annie goes.
In Apple Ridge Annie meets Aden Zook.  When Aden's twin Roman, who is wheelchair bound, is sent off to fix his uncle's pump, Annie helps Aden with the restaurant that he and Roman co-own with Daadi Moses.
As Annie spends time taking walks with Aden in the cherry blossom filled  orchard she beings to have more than friendship on her heart. The sweet longings of the heart mixed with the emotions of finding one's place in the world are neither Amish nor Mennonite but "human."  
Cindy Woodsmall once again brings an intriguing story ... this time mixing Old Order Mennonite with Amish revealing to us that no matter what our religion we all are human and through our struggles we all must come to a place of trust in God.
Don't miss this fantastic read!
To read an excerpt click HERE!
*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah Publishing*

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307446557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307446558

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