Saturday, December 21, 2013

Book Spotlight and a Giveaway! The Scent of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall

The Scent of Cherry Blossoms

The Scent of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 21, 2012 by WaterBrook Pressv

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?

About the author

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author who has written six novels, three novellas, and Plain Wisdom, a work of nonfiction coauthored with her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud. She’s been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life.

She is also 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.

Her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity. Though she didn't realize it at the time, seeds were sown years ago that began preparing Cindy to write these books. At the age of ten, while living in the dairy country of Maryland, she became best friends with Luann, a Plain Mennonite girl. Luann, like all the females in her family, wore the prayer Kapp and cape dresses. Her parents didn't allow television or radios, and many other modern conveniences were frowned upon. During the numerous times Luann came to Cindy’s house to spend the night, her rules came with her and the two were careful to obey them—afraid that if they didn't, the adults would end their friendship. Although the rules were much easier to keep when they spent the night at Luann’s because her family didn't own any of the forbidden items, both sets of parents were uncomfortable with the relationship and a small infraction of any kind would have been enough reason for the parents to end the relationship. While navigating around the adults’ disapproval and the obstacles in each other’s lifestyle, the two girls bonded in true friendship that lasted into their teen years, until Cindy’s family moved to another region of the US.

As an adult, Cindy became friends with a wonderful Old Order Amish family who opened their home to her. Although the two women, Miriam and Cindy, live seven hundred miles apart geographically, and a century apart by customs, when they come together they never lack for commonality, laughter, and dreams of what only God can accomplish through His children. Over the years Cindy has continued to make wonderful friendships with those inside the Amish and Mennonite communities—from the most conservative ones to the most liberal.

Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband, three sons, two daughters-in-law, a new granddaughter, and a dog named Jersey who wants to dominate the world, starting with the Woodsmall household.

Connect with Cindy

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  1. I just wanted to say that I hope you continue to write such wonderful stories. You have a God given talent that should be shared with the world. Thanks for the giveaway and Merry Christmas.

  2. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Merry Christmas.The Scent of Cherry Blossoms sounds wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity to win.I enjoy reading your books.

  4. This book sounds so good, and I just love the cover. Thanks for having the giveaway. I hope you have a great Christmas!

  5. I love Amish romance books. I'm currently reading The Dawn of Christmas and it's a really good book. I can't put it down.

  6. nice cover and thanks for the giveaway

  7. Ooooh, that cover is gorgeous! My MIL is in love with Amish fiction. I haven't read any yet, but this sounds like a good first!

  8. I have read one of Cindys books, The Dawn of Christmas and I would love to read this book too. Thanks for the giveaway. Heres to reading many books in 2014!
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