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 among the cherry trees with handsome Aden Zook, she wishes she could forget how deeply the lines between the Old Order Amish and the Old Order Mennonites are drawn.
Can Annie and Aden find a place for their love to bloom in the midst od the brewing storm?
The Scent of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall is the first Amish fiction book I’ve read in years. I think it was a great re-introduction back into the Amish and Mennonite world. Cindy Woodsmall writes very vividly, so it was very easy to imagine the scenery and characters interacting together. The character of Annie Martin was refreshing to read, especially since she had quite a bit of spunk. The themes of acceptance and personal forgiveness were well written and the dialogue between characters was believable – for example, the internal struggle of Aden’s conscience and his brother’s spiritual crisis were realistic and moving. There were some interesting and unexpected family dynamics in this story, but I thought they added a great deal to the plot and character development.
The Scent of Cherry Blossoms was given to me as a gift from Waterbrook Press, and I’m giving away my copy to one of you readers!
Just comment below with your answer to this question:
What is your favorite Amish fiction book?
I’ll pick the winner via Random.org on Sunday evening, February 12th.
[Open to U.S readers only, as I have limited shipping funds. In the interest of being green, I use recycled mailing envelopes. I will need the winner’s mailing address in order to ship the book, so if you’re a young reader, make sure it’s okay to give me your address. ]