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21 Feb 2012
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?

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Waterbrook (21 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307446557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307446558
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 13.9 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,149,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars scent of cherry blossoms 25 May 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Amish Fiction 28 Feb 2012
By Liz - Published on
There was a period of time when I was enthralled with Amish fiction. I was very interested in reading stories and seeing the similarities and differences with my own life. I admit though there came a point where the stories all seemed the same; the plot didn't have much variety. I was pleasantly surprised when I read this book by Cindy Woodsmall. It made me remember what I had first loved when reading Amish literature.
This Romeo and Juliet story stars Aden and Annie, who can't be together because of their communities. Annie is an Old Order Mennonite, while Aden is Old Order Amish. This alone I thought was interesting because I never knew before reading this book that people from these different communities could not be in a relationship together.
At the same time there is another plot line. Roman, Aden's brother, was in an accident years ago and is now in a wheelchair. The book follows Aden and Roman's relationship, as well as Roman's romantic life and how he is dealing with not being able to walk.
Overall, I really enjoyed this quick read. I liked reading about Aden and Annie's relationship as well as learning about Roman. The only thing I disliked was that the ending seemed kind of abrupt. However, I would definitely recommend this better than average Amish read.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Woodsmall's best 21 Feb 2012
By reviewsbyerin - Published on
An Old Order Mennonite girl with a troubled family background falls in love with an Old Order Amish young man, burdened with a stutter and responsibilities within his own family. Strictly forbidden by their two different religions, Annie and Aden must decide if they are willing to risk everything to be together or if they will choose to honor vows made to their churches. Also figuring into the equation is Aden's twin brother, Roman, who was injured in a farming accident and is paraplegic. Aden functions as Roman's legs and Roman has often functioned as Aden's mouth.

There's a reason that I tend to stay away from short stories and novellas. They just aren't satisfying to me in the same way a full-length story with plenty of plot development is. Everything just seems too easy because it happens too quickly; the life struggles that I identify with do not come into play. In this story the biggest hurdle was religious ostracism and, really, how many readers can relate to that? At first I thought that this story was going to be about two families as much as two people, and that would have been much more interesting, from my point of view. I'm used to Cindy Woodsmall tackling real and heart-breaking challenges and these just didn't strike me the same way.

That said, Woodsmall is still an amazing wordsmith. I'll continue to read and hope to see more of what I've found in the Sisters of the Quilt and Ada's House series.

Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah for my copy of this book and for partnering with bloggers in so many ways!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Scent of Cherry Blossoms 26 July 2012
By Not So 31 - Published on
When Annie's home life seems to be in constant upheaval, her mother sends her to her grandfather's house. While staying with her grandfather, she begins helping Aden at his family's restaurant. As they share more and more time together at the restaurant, they find themselves spending more and more time together outside the restaurant as well. But, when Annie's grandfather threatens to pull out his support to Aden's family restaurant if they don't stop seeing each other, both Aden and Annie are left with a very tough decision.

I just love Cindy's books. She develops her characters so well and you can really understand them. Immediately I felt bad for Annie and was wishing nothing but the best for her. When the story between Aden and Annie began developing, I was wondering how they would ever make it work. One coming from an Amish lifestyle and one coming from a Mennonite lifestyle, never did I imagine how many differences there could be.

What I really enjoyed about this book is the thought process it put me through. I'm always curious as to what divides religions, whether it be dress, conduct, or just beliefs. So, I found it very interesting that two seemingly similar religions were extremely different. But, are they really? I mean if both believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and we ask Him into our hearts, then we are going to Heaven right? Does it matter how we met our spouse, whether we kissed during our dating, or if we have electricity or not? Isn't it just about accepting Jesus as our personal Savior? To me, that should be the ultimate question. "Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Savior?" All other differences can be put to the side, but without Jesus, we can't move forward.

If you're looking for a sweet love story, then this would be the book to get. The characters are so loveable, and I truly enjoyed watching each one of them grow in their walk with God. "We think too highly of ourselves at some times and too little of ourselves at others." What a great lesson we can all learn from that!

I was graciously provided a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Scent of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall 11 Aug 2012
By Zac - Published on
The Scent of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall is the first book of hers that I ever read. This story follows twins, one who is handicapped and the other who has a speech problem. Both come from an Amish family and work at the family diner. These two brothers rely on each other and are very close. One brother wants to date a Mennonite girl, which is against both religious groups. The other brother is physically handicapped and struggles with self worth. The story follows these two as they deal with their emotions and weigh the consequences of shunning, family shame, and the loss of a family business.

I really enjoyed this book. I found it very interesting reading about the Amish and Mennonites and learning some of the differences in their faiths. In the story, the Amish were able to have a restaurant with electricity because they had a Mennonite partner. It was interesting reading how the different groups are able to "get around" their rules.

I really like a quote by the one mom in the story when she is talking to her wheelchair bound son, "Right now, your biggest obstacle is that you focus only on what you don't have rather than on what you do have." This quote stood out to me as I read this book because I think this can be true of many people at one time or another whether we are physically handicapped or not.

The Scent of Cherry Blossoms takes you on a journey of love and acceptance. Get ready to journey through a field of cherry blossoms as love is strengthened and choices are made.

*I received a copy of The Scent of Cherry Blossoms from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT book! 9 Aug 2012
By htb12 - Published on
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Wow, wow, wow!!!! It has been a long time since a book has totally engrossed me into its world. "The Scent of Cherry Blossoms" did just that.

The main character, Annie, is Old Order Mennonite. She is going through trying times with her mother, and her mother sends her to live with her grandfather. While there, she helps out at a diner that her grandfather partially owns. This is where the Zook family enters, and they are Old Order Amish. Twins Aden and Roman have been close all their lives, even after a farming accident took the use of Roman's legs and left their dad with problems. While Roman is away, Annie takes his place at the diner.

What ensues from here...only time will tell! Look for a story rich in love, faith, and family.

I love that this book included two types of Old Order religions, and that it addressed an Amish person with an acquired disability. A lot of Amish themed books tend to sound alike, but the author spun this one to where it would have a spark all its own.

This book was given to me by waterbrookmultnomah in exchange for my honest review.
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