Thursday, May 31, 2012
The Scent of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall
I'm not a great Amish fiction fan, but I have enjoyed two of Cindy Woodsmall's Ada's House books. So, I was happy to receive and review The Scent of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall.
Annie is an Old Order Mennonite who has long been friends with Aden, an Old Order Amish. When Annie returns to her grandfather's farm and spends more time with Aden, their friendship blossoms and changes. But, a relationship between the two is forbidden. The Scent of Cherry Blossoms follows their romance, along with the lives and spiritual revelations of their family members.
This was a very short read. I'm a quick reader, but this was fast even for me. It is almost a novella. I like the characters in Woodsmall's stories. There are always several "main" themes happening at one time. Sometimes I like this. In this read, because of the super short length, it was almost a distraction. The story seemed to go quickly, and I didn't really feel like I got to know the characters well.
Even though I've been enjoying Cindy Woodsmall's books, this one wasn't a favorite. I was interested at the end of the story in the potential relationship developing between Aden's brother and a girl. So, I may have to look at the next book in this series just to find out what happens.
I would give this one a 3.5 star rating and a G rating for clean reading for all.
I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Press for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.