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The Sound of Sleigh Bells By Cindy Woodsmall Review

10/16/09


Summary from the Publisher:

Beth Hertzler works alongside her beloved Aunt Lizzy in their dry goods store, and serving as contact of sorts between Amish craftsmen and Englischers who want to sell the Plain people’s wares. But remorse and loneliness still echo in her heart everyday as she still wears the dark garb, indicating mourning of her fiancĂ©. When she discovers a large, intricately carved scene of Amish children playing in the snow, something deep inside Beth’s soul responds and she wants to help the unknown artist find homes for his work–including Lizzy’s dry goods store. But she doesn’t know if her bishop will approve of the gorgeous carving or deem it idolatry.

Lizzy sees the changes in her niece when Beth shows her the woodworking, and after Lizzy hunts down Jonah, the artist, she is all the more determined that Beth meets this man with the hands that create healing art. But it’s not that simple–will Lizzy’s elaborate plan to reintroduce her niece to love work? Will Jonah be able to offer Beth the sleigh ride she’s always dreamed of and a second chance at real love–or just more heartbreak?

Author Bio From the Publisher:

Cindy Woodsmall is the author of When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and The New York Times Best-Seller When the Soul Mends. Her ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters comes from her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families. A mother of three sons and two daughters-in-law, Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty-one years.

You can purchase this book at Random House. And you can find out more about this author at her website.

My Review:

This is another wonderful Amish story from Cindy Woodsmall about a woman named Beth who has lost her fiance and is mourning a year later. Beth lives with her Aunt Lizzy in an apartment above their dry goods store. She is grieving over her fiance and is not interested in ever getting married. Her Aunt Lizzy sees that Beth is overwhelmed with her grief and wants to help her.

When Beth goes on a business trip to find items to sell in the store, she sees a carving of Amish children playing in the snow inside an Englischer store. This carving touches something inside her soul and hopes to sell his work in her store, but the bishop will not allow it. She tries to get her aunt to change the bishop's mind. Aunt Lizzy sees that this carving has been the first glimpse of hope in Beth's life, so she visits the artist named Jonah.

This visit hatches a plan for Lizzy to strike up a friendship between her niece and Jonah. She convinces Jonah to write to Beth about the carving, but Jonah thinks he is writing to the aunt instead. Beth responds to the letter and thinks that she is writing to an older gentleman.

I could not put this book down! This story kept me wondering about the mystery of Beth's fiance's death and why she can't seem to forgive herself. The letters between Beth and Jonah were also intriguing. The author describes things in such detail that you feel as if you were in the scene. If you enjoy a good love story and enjoy reading about the Amish, you will want to read this book.

Disclaimer: This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

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Margaret said...

This sounds like a great book to read, I'm adding it to my Goodreads!

Margaret said...

Haha I went to add it and it's already there! LOL! thanks for the review!

Denise @ Sunflowers, Chocolate and Little Boys said...

I loved this book....and just reviewed it earlier this week.

pam said...

This book sounds great, I love anything Amish. Thanks for the review.

Theta Mom said...

Just wanted to say thank you again for nominating me at The Bump, and although I didn't move forward it was an honor to be a finalist. I just linked back to you, go check it out. :)

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