Saturday, March 31, 2012

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?

While I do read a lot of Amish Fiction, this was the first book I've ever read with a Mennonite character in it. I did not realize how different the two faiths are, or that they are not allowed to court someone from the other faith. Woodsmith created characters that were all visibly flawed in some way and wove a story of faith, forgiveness, and love. Despite having three young children and a full time job, I read this book in two sittings. I found myself rooting for Annie and Aden to find a way to be together without destroying their families and simply couldn't put it down. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and am thankful I was able to receive a complimentary copy from Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.

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