Annie Martin is Old Order Mennonite. Aden Zook is Old Order Amish. Their people get along, but romance is strictly forbidden, as such unions are considered "unequally yoked."
For this young couple, yielding to the call of their hearts would mean more than being shamed and shunned by their separate communities. It could mean financial devastation for Aden's family, since Annie's grandfather has the power to pull the rug out from under their business.
Being together seems beyond hope…difficult at best, impossible at worst. Can they find a way to overcome the insurmountable obstacles stacked against them?
I loved Cindy Woodsmall's The Christmas Singing, and The Scent of Cherry Blossoms is yet another winner. This author knows how to develop a character. She makes them vibrantly real, then plunges the reader into their lives heart first—I think I actually smelled cherry blossoms!
Loved Annie's plucky personality. Many people tend to think of Plain women as innately meek and backward, but this heroine has a definite mind of her own, and doesn't hesitate to voice her opinion when necessary. I loved her ability to stand up for what she believed without being disrespectful or deliberately hurtful to others. Meek and modest, but nobody's doormat.
A truly heartwarming, wonderful read.
About the author:
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author whose connection with the Amish community has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. She is the author of six novels, two novellas and Plain Wisdom, a work of non-fiction co-authored with her dearest Old Order Amish friend. Cindy is a 2007 ECPA award finalist, and lives in Georgia with her family. Visit her online at CindyWoodsmall.com.