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September 21, 2014

A LOVE UNDONE by Cindy Woodsmall

An Amish Novel of Shattered Dreams
God's Unfailing Grace
Cindy Woodsmall

A husband and son abandoned to forge a path alone.
A young woman who sacrificed her dreams.
How will the God of grace and hope
help them find their way?
-(from back of book) 

(from Amazon)
At nineteen years old, Old Order Amish Jolene Keim was on the brink of happily-ever-after when everything changed, stealing the future she expected and burdening her with an unbearable decision. For the next ten years, Jolene throws herself into family life—and then she meets Andy Fisher. The horse trainer and father to a sweet nine year-old challenges her and holds up a mirror to issues Jolene has been unwilling to face.

Andy is cautious about his deepening friendship with Jolene, but he believes she knows the truth about him – that he is a grass widower. As a man whose wife has abandoned him six years past, he is unable to divorce or remarry according to the Amish ways. Andy has wrestled with God concerning his reality, and he had found peace with the solitary future facing him…until he met Jolene.

As Andy and Jolene find themselves confronted by difficult choices, will they trust in God's guidance—or will the allure of their deepening friendship only lead to further temptation?
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030773000X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307730008


I've read quite a few different Amish authors and a lot write pretty much the same way.  I've found though, that Ms. Woodsmall writes in a different way, I believe it's more from the heart, instead of just a story.
Each of her books that I've read, are different from each other,  they aren't repetitive.  The characters are so real and you easily become so interested in them and their lives.
I felt so much for Jolene.  She dealt with so many emotional things such as grief over and over, hope, dreams that didn't evolve and more. As in a lot of Amish books I've read, the siblings seem to love and care deeply for each other. Not that they didn't have their little outs with each other.  Amish families appear to be so close and you don't find that a whole lot in today's society.  Everyone is off in their own directions.
I find the Amish, even though their lifestyle is at times so different from ours, a heartwarming and blessed way of living.
As always, Ms. Woodsmall didn't disappoint.  Another wonderful and touching Amish story that stays with you. I'm so glad I can add this book to my bookshelf.

I was given a  complimentary copy of A LOVE UNDONE from the author, Cindy Woodsmall and Blogging for Books for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 5 STARS.


Cindy Woodsmall Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times, CBA, ECPA, and USA Today best-selling author who has written a dozen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal,and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as the one of the top three most popular authors of Amish fiction.

She's 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.


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