Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Dawn of Christmas by Cindy Woodsmall

Book Details:
Title: The Dawn of Christmas
Author: Cindy Woodsmall
2012, Waterbrook Press
ISBN: 978-0-307-73213-2
Genre: Christian Fiction, Amish Fiction

Book Summary:
Can the warm rays of friendship touch Sadie and Levi's hearts and lead to the dawn of a new love?
Sadie enjoys her freedom away from home and her mission trips to Peru, but after four years, her Old Order Amish family insists it's time to come home and settle down. Levi, a bachelor who distrusts women after a family heartbreak, also has no desire for romance. To keep their families from meddling in their lives, Sadie and Levi devise a plan - but soon discover that the walls around their hearts are breaking down. Can they let go of their prejudices, learn to trust each other, and embrace a future together?

My Review:
I am a huge fan of Cindy Woodsmall's books and this book was no exception. This is a short 170 page book about Sadie and Levi in Apple Ridge. Sadie has been hurt by a former fiance and has been living (or hiding) in another community since then and saving for mission trips to Peru. Levi has been traumatized by the fact that his brother's wife left him and their son behind. 

I love that we seen the lives of the Amish community and the humanity of real people in these books. I also like that she includes interesting tidbits - like the fact that many Amish carry cell phones for business (or other reasons), but have a hard time turning them off when they're not needed. 

Sadie and Levi decide that the best way to get their families and communities to stop harassing them about finding a spouse is to pretend they are courting. The only problem may be keeping themselves from falling in love in the process.

This is a sweet book. Short, but filled with a story of love and redemption.

Read chapter one!

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Waterbrook Press, for my honest review. No other compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.

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