Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Scent of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall

Annie and Aden love each other, but they are different religions...

Waterbrook Press and Edelweiss allowed me to download an ebook of this story for review (thank you).  It was published in hardcover in February, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.

I always enjoy reading about the Amish and Mennonite life style.  It reminds me of my grandparents on my father's side.  They were immigrants from Czechoslovakia and lived a very simple life.  Their needs were small and their Catholic religion strong.  Such is the life in these other communities, with the Amish being the most old-fashioned and their faiths being equally strong.

This is a sweet story of families that have grown up together and who help each other out in times of need.  Annie and Aden have known each other for years.  When Annie's mother sends her to live with her grandfather, she meets him again.  But things are different this time.

The author poses good questions:  If an Amish and Mennonite fall in love, how can they marry?  And who's religion will fall by wayside?  Where will they live? This isn't the only difficulty these two young ones face, but it one of the most important.

Why not get a copy of this book and see how Ms. Woodsmall deals with this crisis?  She handles the various problems well.  It's a good read, you'll enjoy it.

Happy reading.

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