Sunday, October 11, 2009

SOUND OF SLEIGH BELLS by Cindy Woodsmall

THE SOUND OF SLEIGH BELLS by Cindy Woodsmall is a treat just in time for those winter days approaching. It is one of those books you want to grab with a cup of hot chocolate and a warm blanket to snuggle up in while this story takes you to another place to experience healing and love. It is a story that will grab your heart and take you through each page. It is a story of an Amish woman Beth Hertzler who is working beside her aunt Lizzy in a shop in the beautiful country. It is a story of loss and healing, one of redemption and love. As Beth is grieving the loss of her young love, she finds herself healing through the love and care of those around her. Lizzy is wanting to help her niece come to grips of her grieving and begin her healing after a year of watching her be lonely and wear black in morning. She has kept herself busy, and has also kept to herself in the store, until she goes on a shopping trip and sees the beautiful work of an artist, that seems to speak to her heart. She wants to display this art work in her shop, but yets to have the Bishops approval. Lizzy is at work behind the scenes knowing that God is doing a work between these two lost and lonely young people who are trying to move forward but must learn to let go first. This young artist is also grieving a loss, but a different one, and this lovely book brings the loss of two people together and healing begins. I enjoyed each page of this story, the background and settings bring you right into the country, into their hearts and home. Come and take a great read with me, come and see what happens when we turn all over to God and let healing begin. Come and see if there is a romance between this young artist and Beth as they heal together through a love of art and of life.
Cindy Woodsmall is the author of When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and The New York Times Best-Seller When the Soul Mends. Her ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters comes from her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families. A mother of three sons and two daughters-in-law, Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty-one years.


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