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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Review: The Dawn of Christmas by Cindy Woodsmall

Sadie has a broken heart.  The man that she planned on marrying lied to her right before the wedding.  To add to her misery, her community doesn't believe that he lied.  She breaks off the engagement and buries herself in mission work and working at a store away from her family.

Levi doesn't believe that love lasts forever.  His heart is broken when his brother's wife leaves his brother and their young son forcing Andy to be alone for the rest of his life and Tobias to be without a mother.  Levi has no interest in courting or ever getting married. That way his heart will never be broken.

Sadie and Levi meet when Levi is thrown from his horse and Sadie stumbles upon him and stays with him until help arrives.  A friendship between the two develop as they have a lot in common including the desire to never marry.  But soon gossip starts circulating that the two of them are courting.  They devise a plan to make their friends and family believe they are so that they will stop pressuring them to find a suitable mate.  After a set amount of time they will break it off and Sadie will leave on another mission trip to Peru.  Along the way they truly start to care for.  Can they set aside past hurts and take a chance on love?

Cindy Woodsmall is one of my favorite authors of Amish Fiction.  I love a good holiday Amish romance, and this one did not disappoint.  I really liked Sadie's character.  She stuck to what she believed was true even when nobody believed her and it caused her heartbreak (although marrying a liar who have caused her more in the long run.)  She has a spunk and a spirit and stuck to what she believed God was leading her to.  She could also admit when she had been wrong.  I was happy to to be able to catch up with the other members of the Apple Ridge community especially Gideon and Mattie and Jonah and Beth  that I have read about in some of Cindy Woodsmall's other books.  I loved the ending!  It was a quick read at only 170 pages.  I would definitely recommend this book.

Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of The Dawn of Christmas from Waterbrook Multnomah for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  All opinions are my own and I received no other compensation.  I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC regulations.
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