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The Scent of Cherry Blossoms

Author Cindy Woodsmall
Narrator Cassandra Campbell
Runtime 5.6 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date February 21, 2012
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In this spring novella from New York Times best-selling author Cindy Woodsmall, love between a Mennonite woman and an Amish man threatens the lifelong relationship between two brothers. Sadie is a young, single Old Order Mennonite who moves in with her grandfather to fill in for him at a restaurant he co-owns with Ellen Zook, an Old Amish woman, and her two sons. Romance between the Mennonites and Amish is forbidden, but Sadie grows to care for the Zook family-especially considerate Aden. Is heartache all that is ahead for the Amish Family when Sadie steals one man's heart, leaving his wheelchair-bound twin without a caretaker?

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In this spring novella from New York Times best-selling author Cindy Woodsmall, love between a Mennonite woman and an Amish man threatens the lifelong relationship between two brothers. Sadie is a young, single Old Order Mennonite who moves in with her grandfather to fill in for him at a restaurant he co-owns with Ellen Zook, an Old Amish woman, and her two sons. Romance between the Mennonites and Amish is forbidden, but Sadie grows to care for the Zook family-especially considerate Aden. Is heartache all that is ahead for the Amish Family when Sadie steals one man's heart, leaving his wheelchair-bound twin without a caretaker?

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Reasonably Entertaining Christian Romance
The Scent Of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall is quite an entertaining read and an insight into different forms of Amish communities including some of their customs and boundaries. This story is about two families who have similar but slightly different beliefs, which get called into question when the Mennonite young lady starts to have feelings for the Amish young man who used to live next door to her grandparents.

This book is my first taste of Christian romance novels and I can see why women love them but it lacked action or any real physical conflicts that could have made it a great story. It is quite a solid story and I did get involved in it and feel for the characters but in the end I was thinking why couldn’t they just work it out since they had such similar beliefs.

The narration was quite good and it really added to the story. The narrator used multiple voices, sarcasm and changes in tone to add to the story.

Although I am not a fan of this genre of book, this book is quite an entertaining story and will no doubt be loved by many people when they read it.

This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
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Review by / (Posted on 6/5/2012)
Broken people being healed by God.
I don't normally care for romances but I chose this one because of the Amish twist. The Amish fascinate and inspire me. Ms. Woodsmall does an excellent job of introducing and acquainting us with her main characters. Annie comes from a broken Old Order Mennonite home in which her mother has struggled to raise several children amid the shame of her husband abandoning the family. Aden's Old Order Amish father and brother, Roman, were injured in a farming accident which left them unable to continue to provide for the family in quite the same way as before. Annie's struggles with her mother are emotionally charged. Roman's struggle to come to terms with his disability rings very true. The way these people of faith handle their challenges and ultimately turn to their Creator to help and heal them is inspiring. The problem of forbidden love between childhood friends Aden and Annie is resolved amid surprising twists and conflicts. I really enjoyed this book. It's a pleasant escape to Amish country and a "simpler" life. Cassandra Campbell's narration is clear and expressive without distracting from the story.
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Review by / (Posted on 5/23/2012)
fair representation of content
The Pennsylvania Dutch...or rather, the Mennonites and the Amish. Two family groups, similar in nature, separated by angst. Much like the story of the Montagues and Capulets (<em>Romeo & Juliet</em>), these two are pitted against each other, until love enters the picture. Can love be enough, or will families stand against each other?

The narration is read well, the pace good and vocal presentation solid. Compared to the book content, the narration receives a fair score, but overall straining to listen to for more than a few minutes at a time. Campbell's voice almost sounds like a whining at times, which makes the listening difficult and unenjoyable. The dragging or slow movement between words doesn't help, but rather causes a loss of interest. 

I would give the narration a three - there is effort but it just isn't it. As far as book content, it's better not to ask me. After all, in my guy manner, I'm not one for women Christian fiction. But hey, plenty of people are, which makes this book a worthy read for them. 
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Review by / (Posted on 4/11/2012)
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