Saturday, September 29, 2012

Review: The Scent of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall

Title: The Scent of Cherry Blossoms 
Author: Cindy Woodsmall 
Genre: Contemporary/Amish/Fiction 
Pages: 208 
Release Date: February 21, 2012 
Published by: WaterBrook Press 
Purchase: Amazon / Christian Book  

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?

About the Author:
Cindy Woodsmall
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author who has written six novels, three novellas, and Plain Wisdom, a work of nonfiction coauthored with her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud. She’s been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life.

Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband, three sons, two daughters-in-law, a new granddaughter, and a dog named Jersey who wants to dominate the world, starting with the Woodsmall household.

My Review:
This is the fourth book by Cindy Woodsmall I have read; the other three were part of the Sisters of the Quilt series. I always thought I didn't like Amish fiction; but, since I've loved all four of the books I've read so far, maybe I do like it after all! :)

The Scent of Cherry Blossoms is about Aden Zook and Annie Martin. Aden and Annie have been friends for years and now are falling in love with each other, but a relationship between them is forbidden because he is Old Order Amish and she is Old Order Mennonite. 

I really enjoyed reading about Aden and Annie's budding relationship. Their story was interesting and I was curious as to how it was all going to turn out!

The side story of Aden's brother Roman was also interesting. Although at first I was a little bored when reading about him, I enjoyed his story as well and was glad with where his story seemed to be going.

I felt the ending was a bit abrupt and would have liked it better had there been an epilogue.

Overall, I really liked The Scent of Cherry Blossoms. I thought it was a quick, well-written read that I would recommend to fans of Contemporary romance and Amish fiction. 

4.5 Stars

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. 

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  1. I read this book too, Cindy is one of my fav authors of amish stories.
    thanks for sharing-I rated ya
    Paula O

  2. Her books are really good! I'm planning to read all of her books! Thank you for rating my review! :)

  3. Love Cindy's books! Your review is a good one. I ranked it for you :) I'm a new follower to your blog. ~ Anne

  4. This sounds like a beautiful book, Melissa. I'm so glad I stopped in to read your review. I'm adding this to my wish list. Blessings!

    1. Thanks, Renee! I hope you enjoy it! :)