Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Review & Giveaway: The Scent of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall

This novella about a Plain Old Order Mennonite girl and a Plain Old Order Amish young man who develop forbidden feelings for one another is somewhat reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet -- but without the feuding and suicides.

Annie goes to live with her grandfather after a disagreement with her mother. Her grandfather is a partner in Zook's Diner which is run by the Zook family, including Aden Zook (a talented artist with a stutter who works the kitchen, allowing him to keep from talking, an uncomfortable task for one with a speech impediment) and his twin brother Roman (an outgoing, charming young man who has been wheelchair bound for five years) deals with customers. Aden and Zook help each other's weaknesses which looks good on the surface but has a somewhat enabling, trapping effect limiting them from developing their full potential.

They have known Annie for years from when she has stayed with her grandfather to help him when he's been ill. After Roman's accident, she helped in their diner which is when she and Aden began to like each other. Knowing that a union between the two would create havoc in their families and religious communities, especially after they both made their vows and officially joined their churches, they were forced to keep their feelings to themselves.

This time around, when Annie once again helps in the diner during a very busy, yet understaffed week, she and Aden become close friends and begin seeing each other secretly in Annie's grandfather's cherry orchard, falling more deeply in love as the days go on. The story behind the cherry orchard is a beautiful one as well.

I won't give away any more details about the story so as not to ruin it for you. This was a beautiful story with several intertwining storylines (I can sense another novella coming out about Roman!) showing development and growth of character.

If you are a Cindy Woodsmall fan, you will not be disappointed in this book. (I have never read a dud by her!). I gave this book five stars on because I couldn't find any reason to give it less than that!

Related Links:
The Official Site of Author Cindy Woodsmall
More Information from Publisher Waterbrook Multnomah
Read Chapter 1
Author Spotlight


Blogging for Books accidentally sent me two copies of the book. When I contacted them about it, they said to use the extra book in a giveaway!

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Here is the link for my review.

FTC Disclaimer:  I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.”  I was not required to provide a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.
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  1. my favorite Amish writer is Shelly Shepard Grey. But I love all the Amish books. I have never read anything by this particular author but it sounds like something I would defiantly LOVE.

  2. I have never read her books but I love everything Amish so would love to try her books.



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