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The Scent of Cherry Blossoms, by Cindy Woodsmall

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Wonderful characterizations and an engaging contemporary plot combine to bring this redemptive Christian novella to life.


Amish Country Originals, Snohomish, WA:

The Scent of Cherry Blossoms, by Cindy Woodsmall, Waterbrook Press, 2012, Hardcover, 208 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-0307446558, $17.99

In this Romeo and Juliet style novella two religious communities clash when romance develops between Annie and Aden, two young people from opposing religious groups. Annie Martin, raised in the Old Order Mennonite religion knows relationships are forbidden with Old Order Amish.

Aden Zook, raised in the Old Order Amish faith understands that and is also burdened with a heart-breaking stutter that keeps him from romantic involvements. In addition Aden’s family responsibilities include acting as his twin brother Roman’s legs since he’s wheelchair bound. In return Roman speaks for Aden who has trouble communicating because of his stutter.

Annie’s antagonistic relationship with her mother and an inability to hold her tongue had sent her to find work with Daadi Moses at Zook’s diner. Annie wonders “…how long it would be before Mamm let her come back home…” if she ever would.

Cindy Woodsmall, in this “… romance from the heart of Amish country…,” once again proves her amazing skill as a wordsmith. Her story highlights religious ostracism, the challenging disabilities of stuttering, paraplegia and troubled families. Wonderful characterizations and an engaging contemporary plot combine to bring this redemptive Christian novella to life.

Back Cover Copy:

New York Timesbest-selling author Cindy Woodsmall’s tale of forbidden romance takes readers into the world between Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonites.

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?

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