by: Cindy Woodsmall

Publisher: WaterBrook Press

Published: February 21, 2012

Format: Hardcover (208 pages)

ISBN: 9780307446558

Origin: Publisher

***Though the publisher provides the free book, I offer the opinion.***

My Look:

THE SCENT OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS pits Plain against Plain in a battle of love.  

Annie Martin is Plain Order Mennonite while Aden Zook is Plain Order Amish, but when childhood friendship springs into something more, they are worlds apart.

Annie finds herself back at her Daadi Moses house, whether she’d wanted to be there or not. She did, but this time her visit wasn’t due to Daadi’s illness; Annie’s mother nearly kicked her out of the house without any information on when she’d be welcomed back.   Having a petrified relationship with her mother, Annie just doesn’t understand how she let the family unit go to dysfunction, after her father left them.   This worldliness is the main source of contention between Mamm and her daughter, especially since her brothers’ alarming new turn into things not permitted in their faith.  Her brothers drink and play games of cards and take a lackadaisical approach to their job.  Annie knew she should’ve kept her mouth shut, but she didn’t.  Annie worried for her younger siblings who seemed to be favoring their eldest brothers’ bad habits.

Back working in the Zook’s diner, Annie realizes Aden is all grown now.

Aden Zook enjoys sketching, but he must work too.  A long work schedule is hard but not as monstrous to him as his stutter seems to be; he just wants to be more like his brother, Roman Zook.

However, Roman hasn’t been Roman in what feels like a lifetime.

An accident bound Roman to his wheelchair and almost killed their Daed, but everyone is alive and well. However, Roman depends on Aden to assist in everyday tasks while his Daed cannot do anything near what he used to. Daed’s muscles and pain restrict him so.  Nevertheless, this family still runs the best diner anyone ever had, but when their Uncle Ernie needs Roman’s help to fix a generator, he convinces Roman to go.

But what maybe good for Roman’s confidence will push Aden’s work schedule beyond what any man can be can aspire to handle, with a wedding party to feed and a diner to manage.

It’s Roman who has the business mind out of the two brothers, and he impresses on Aden how important this wedding can be in the future of the diner.  If they can manage to service the Plain relatives of the happy couple, it would open future opportunities, but Roman is not here to help manage this task.  How can Aden and Mamm do this while being almost alone?

Blessings reign on the Zooks in the form of a Plain Mennonite named Annie Martin.

Aden always remembers their time working together as young kids while she worked in his family’s diner.  Aden’s truth is that he’s always felt fondness for Annie.  However, he acted shy and not very responsive to hide his impediment, freely allowing his brother Roman to do the talking.

Now, they will be working side by side, again, but Aden has only his own voice for Annie. Moreover, she has a way of making him open up, perhaps more than he should, and she might begin to realize just how much he cares for Annie.

Now while caring for a woman is not a sin, a relationship with this woman will cost them both, dearly.

My Take:

I recommend THE SCENT OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS by Cindy Woodsmall!

Cindy Woodsmall writes a love story that is full and complete and you’ll meet more characters plus learn their stories.  However, you will not be ready for this novella to end as her writing is engaging enough to make you want more.

Through WaterBrook Multnomah’s Blogging for Books Program, I received this book for free in exchange my honest review.


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