Monday 2 July 2012

Book Review: The Scent of Cherry Blossoms

The Scent of Cherry Blossoms

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?

Annie and Aden’s journey into new love
120 x 600 and the conflict it creates in their different faiths is all encompassing, affecting not only the couple but their families as well.

I am so intrigued about the lives of the Old Order Mennonites and the Old Order Amish, so when I had the opportunity to review the book written by Cindy Woodsmall I was thrilled, and could not wait to start flipping the pages!
I have recently become friends with an Old Order Mennonite and found this book gave me a better understanding about my dear friends life and faith.
I love the idea of living "simply" but the reality of this life is quite a bit harder than it looks.

This book is the perfect read for those lazy days of summer.
The characters and their struggles captured me within the pages of the book and didn’t release me until I turned the last page. I devoured this book within a couple of nights.

This book was a joy to read and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a great tale that is not only a love story but also an insight into the Old Order Amish and Mennonite worlds.

I received this complimentary copy of The Scent of Cherry Blossoms, for reviewing purposes from WaterBrook Multnomah, in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you!

About the Author

Cindy Woodsmall Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author of nine works of fiction and one work of nonfiction, whose connection with the Amish community has been featured widely in national media and throughout Christian news outlets. She lives outside of Atlanta with her family.


  1. Thanks for your thoughts and the review. Sounds like an interesting book.

    Happy 4th of July!!! :O)

  2. Thanks Diane!
    It was such a wonderfully, joyful read.
    Yes and happy 4th of July to you as well!


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