Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall

Some Christmas stories are sad before they are sweet, but that doesn't mean they aren't great stories. For instance, the Christmas novella by Cindy Woodsmall...

Her Christmas release follows along with her knack for twisting the tears out of her readers. This time, Beth Hertzler seems to be following in the footsteps of her aunt, Lizzie. Is Beth destined to be an old maid, running the family store? Or has she simply closed off her heart to avoid any more pain?

Ever since the tragic death of her betrothed, Henry, Beth has lost her joy for life. The sparkle that once was Beth is gone, and her black dresses do nothing to bring her to life again.

Jonah Kinsinger has his own past regrets and pain, but he has found a way to express himself through his carvings. On a buying trip for the store, Beth discovers an exquisite carving of children playing in the snow...and it wakens something deep within her soul.

With some manipulation by her aunt, can Beth find it in her heart to reach out and trust again? To laugh again? And maybe to find love again? While the format is too short to develop any deep ties to these characters, Cindy Woodsmall's novel is perfect for the reader who loves Amish fiction.

I'm giving this one four out of five bookmarks, with a kapp as a charm. Add "The Sound of Sleigh Bells" to your Christmas collection this year, and you'll also complete your selection of Cindy's of the best authors of Amish fiction today!

Happy Reading!



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