This book is thoroughly enjoyable and quite satisfying! The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall is not quite normal Amish fiction. It touches on the destructiveness of secrets, guilt and shame, but doesn’t dwell there. Once again, Woodsmall delivers a great story with characters who really tugged at my heartstrings. She clearly shows that the importance of family, trust, forgiveness, and strength of character is important to facing adversity and coming through stronger and better. It is a heartwarming story that is being marketed as a Christmas story, but really works for any season. Once I began reading it, it was difficult to stop until I came to the very satisfying end!
The Sound of Sleigh Bells
By Cindy Woodsmall
Beth Hertzler works alongside her beloved Aunt Lizzy in their dry goods store, and serving as contact of sorts between Amish craftsmen and Englischers who want to sell the Plain people’s wares. But remorse and loneliness still echo in her heart everyday as she still wears the dark garb, indicating mourning of her fiancé. When she discovers a large, intricately carved scene of Amish children playing in the snow, something deep inside Beth’s soul responds and she wants to help the unknown artist find homes for his work–including Lizzy’s dry goods store. But she doesn’t know if her bishop will approve of the gorgeous carving or deem it idolatry. Lizzy sees the changes in her niece when Beth shows her the woodworking, and after Lizzy hunts down Jonah, the artist, she is all the more determined that Beth meets this man with the hands that create healing art. But it’s not that simple–will Lizzy’s elaborate plan to reintroduce her niece to love work? Will Jonah be able to offer Beth the sleigh ride she’s always dreamed of and a second chance at real love–or just more heartbreak?
Cindy Woodsmall is the author of When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and The New York Times Best-Seller When the Soul Mends. Her ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters comes from her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families. A mother of three sons and two daughters-in-law, Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty-one years.
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