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October 31, 2013

THE DAWN OF CHRISTMAS by Cindy Woodsmall


The Dawn of Christmas: A Romance from the Heart of Amish Country
A Romance From The Heart of Amish Country
Cindy Woodsmall

(from Goodreads)
This Christmas, experience learning to trust alongside the Plain folk of Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania in this heart-warming tale of second chances.

Sadie enjoys her freedom away from home and her mission trips to Peru, but after four years, her Old Order Amish family insists it’s time to come home and settle down. Levi, a bachelor who distrusts women after a family heartbreak, also has no desire for romance. To keep their families from meddling in their lives, Sadie and Levi devise a plan—but soon discover that the walls around their hearts are breaking down. Can they let go of their prejudices, learn to trust each other, and embrace a future together?

THE DAWN OF CHRISTMAS was Published October 15th 2013 by WaterBrook Press. 

Sadie Yoder is about to be married to Daniel, until she finds her cousin in his arms.   She lost all trust and if she couldn't trust him, she  couldn't marry him.  She begged her father to let her leave, so she could get over the pain.  He allowed her to do this.  She got involved in mission projects to help the needy. Sadie has grown independent of the Old Order Amish ways.  But comes the day when her father tells her to come home.  She isn't the same person who left a few days before she was supposed to be married.   She is different now. Ms. Woodsmall has once again come up with a beautiful heartwarming story of friendship and love. Sadie ended up going back home.  She wasn't at peace.  As I read, I was sure she would go on the planned Mission trip to Peru. Sadie was like your next door neighbor or your friend.   Sadie goes through many struggles and even though it wasn't easy she stood through them all.  She had a strong faith.  She goes for a horse ride late one night when he Daad told her she must not leave the house.  She let her hair down, put on some Englisch clothes and went galloping, letting the wind carry away her troubles, at least for a little while.  As she
goes past a field, she hears a moan.  At first she is frightened, but then she sees the body along side the road.  His name was Levi and his horse has thrown him. I felt it was an unique way that the author brought the two together. You'll have to read this to find out what happens between Sadie and Levi.  Did she go on that mission trip to   Peru? Since Levi and Daniel had dealings with horses together, will that cause any problems?  Can Daniel be trusted after all these years? Sadie is a character all her own.  She is independent and a slight stubborn.  Levi is gentle and caring, but don't rile him. The author has put a woman who distrusts men with a man who distrusts women.  Quite a combination.  Will the fur fly?  Will Christmas at Apple Ridge be a happy one for Levi and Sadie? Ms. Woodsmall wrote a lovely Christmas book filled with Faith and Love.  What is a Christmas without Faith and Love? You'll want to pick up a copy and perhaps read it on Christmas.  It's a short read.  You'll feel the faith and love that Sadie and Levi feel.

I would  give this book 5 STARS.

I received a complimentary copy of THE DAWN OF CHRISTMAS by Cindy Woodsmall from WaterbrookPublishing through their Blogging For Books review program in exchange for my unbiased view.  The opinions are strictly mine. positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR,

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(from Goodreads)
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.

She is also a veteran homeschool mom who no longer holds that position. As her children progressed in age, her desire to write grew stronger. After working through reservations whether this desire was something she should pursue, she began her writing journey. Her husband was her staunchest supporter as she aimed for what seemed impossible.

She’s won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer’s Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings’ Best Books of the Year. She’s been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.

Her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity. Though she didn’t realize it at the time, seeds were sown years ago that began preparing Cindy to write these books. At the age of ten, while living in the dairy country of Maryland, she became best friends with Luann, a Plain Mennonite girl. Luann, like all the females in her family, wore the prayer Kapp and cape dresses. Her parents didn’t allow television or radios, and many other modern conveniences were frowned upon. During the numerous times Luann came to Cindy’s house to spend the night, her rules came with her and the two were careful to obey them—afraid that if they didn’t, the adults would end their friendship. Although the rules were much easier to keep when they spent the night at Luann’s because her family didn’t own any of the forbidden items, both sets of parents were uncomfortable with the relationship and a small infraction of any kind would have been enough reason for the parents to end the relationship. While navigating around the adults’ disapproval and the obstacles in each other’s lifestyle, the two girls bonded in true friendship that lasted into their teen years, until Cindy’s family moved to another region of the US.

As an adult, Cindy became friends with a wonderful Old Order Amish family who opened their home to her. Although the two women, Miriam and Cindy, live seven hundred miles apart geographically, and a century apart by customs, when they come together they never lack for commonality, laughter, and dreams of what only God can accomplish through His children. Over the years Cindy has continued to make wonderful friendships with those inside the Amish and Mennonite communities—from the most conservative ones to the most liberal.

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

1 comment:

Cindy Woodsmall said...

Thank you for your review! :)