December 19, 2013

Reviewing "The Dawn of Christmas" by Cindy Woodsmall


"The Dawn of Christmas" is a charming love story which is perfect for the holiday season.  I knew I would enjoy it because I am a fan of Woodsmall's and also of Amish fiction in general.   Although it is slightly predictable because of the nature of the book, there are several twists and turns that leave the reader guessing what will happen next.
Woodsmall's writing style is such that I quickly get attached to the characters. From almost the very beginning of the book, I was rooting for the two main characters, "Sadie" and "Levi".  They've both had bad experiences with love and the pair seem determined to never fall in love.  Even thought this is a short novella sized book, it is packed with drama, romance and adventure. The story kept my interest throughout the book, and the suspense toward the end had me turning the pages as fast as possible.

Here is a short summary from the publisher:
"Sadie enjoyes her freedom away from home and her mission trips to Peru, but after four years, her Old Order Amish family insists it's time to come home and settle down. Levi, a bachelor who distrusts women after a family heartbreak, also has no desire for romance. To keep their families from meddling in their lives, Sadie and Levi devise a plan- but soon discover that the walls around their hearts are breaking down. Can they let go of their prejudices, learn to trust each other, and embrace a future together?"

One of the strong themes of the book is how powerful and wonderful love is, and the lengths that people will go to, to show the ones they love how much they mean to them. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction, with a romance at the center of the storyline.  Even though it has a holiday theme, it would be a great read for any time of year. (Especially  good in the middle of summer when you need to picture yourself in a snowy climate to escape the heat.)

Disclaimer: I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing group for free in exchange for an honest review. 

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