Monday, October 28, 2013

Review: The Dawn of Christmas by:Cindy Woodsmall

The Dawn of Christmas: A Romance from the Heart of Amish Country
About the Book:
This Christmas, experience learning to trust alongside the Plain folk of Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania in this heart-warming tale of second chances.

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?

 Cindy Woodsmall
About the Author:
 Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times, CBA, ECPA, and USA Today best-selling author who has written a dozen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal,and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as the second most popular author of Amish fiction, following Beverly Lewis.

She's 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.

Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now empty nest.

If you'd like more information or to contact her, you can go to her website: http://www.cindywoodsmall.com or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorcindywoodsmall


My Review:
 Returning to Apple Ridge is so heart warming to me. I love Cindy Woodsmall and fell in love with her books based on this series and I will not be happy to see it end. In her time honored way the author has even kept this book ever so heart-warming as all the other books in the series. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. Sadie is someone I loved from the beginning and even Levi was someone I felt like I knew.

 Sadie was on the eve of her wedding when she ever so blatantly discovered her future husband had wandering eyes and hands. so to save her from any future embarrassment she did not continue with the wedding. After several years away she was virtually happy with her lot in life to be a proverbial old maid after all it is much easier for her that way. It isn't long before God steps in and leads both Sadie and Levi on an adventure neither will soon forget. Sadie finds Levi thrown from his horse one night while out on a ride she herself was not suppose to take. It's not long before you can feel the chemistry between them through the pages.

 Sadie and Levi both would rather not let themselves go to the thought of loving another individual due to all the heartbreak they have either experienced or seen amongst their own family. But something has to be done to get a break from the countless prying people around them that are always trying to push them towards love. So soon their is a plan devised that is basically a fake courtship that will be dissolved before the new year. All seems well until Levi finds out something he isn't so sure he likes and it is almost their undoing. Until at long last he sees things for what they really are. Because of this he is granted one last shot at the love he so desperately craves.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the Blogging for Books Program.