Monday, January 18, 2016

The Dawn of Christmas by Cindy Woodsmall

This was a read for the Christmas Spirit challenge that I did not get around to reviewing and was also my first COYER read for the COYER Going Back to Basics challenge. This was an ebook I borrowed from the library after reading The Sound of Sleigh Bells for book club.
The Dawn of Christmas: A Romance from the Heart of Amish Country
Waterbrook Press

Sadie gave her heart to an Amish man who then cheated on her with her cousin. Since both her cousin and intended denied the affair and Sadie was the only witness, the community thinks the stress of the impending nuptials made her overreact to an innocent accident. Sadie's father believes her and allows her to leave the community for a bit and do volunteer work in Peru. He also allows her to work at a Mennonite store until four years later he decides it is time for her to come home.  There she meets Levi, who feels pressure from his parents to settle down and get married. He sees the pain his brother went through when his wife left him and their young child and Levi decides he will never get married and never lose his heart to a woman. Levi and Sadie get a brilliant idea that the two will pretend to court and then break up allowing Sadie to use the "heartbreak" to travel back to Peru and give Levi a few more years from his meddling parents. When pretending leads to something more, can they both forget the past and experience the joy of Christmas and possibly a life together?

These books are sweet and easy to read. There is only a bit of drama and I love how they revolve around the community of Apple Ridge, PA and how the author brings in other characters for past books. I don't know if they are accurate to the Amish life, usually the Amish in my area joke that they read Amish fiction to see what they are supposed to be doing now. ;) I look at them as completely fiction with only the slight basis of fact as an Englischer would see when looking at an Amish community. This is the 4th book in the series, but third Christmas story, so I read this one and The Scent of Cherry Blossoms out of order, which gave away the ending of Cherry Blossoms a bit, so I recommend reading them in order, even if it is Christmas and you want to read only Christmas books. ;). I would give this 4 cups of cocoa and it was a nice finish to the series.


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