Sadie Yoder was an unwed Amish woman, past the age that most in her community married. Her family wanted nothing more for her than to settle down. But she felt it was God's calling to do mission work with the Mennonite church. Following God was the most important part of Sadie's life. I found it very touching when she prayed and called God her most trusted friend. Levi Fisher also had no plans of ever getting married. He saw the hurt his ex-sister-in-law had caused and he wanted nothing to do with women. This story is about Sadie and Levi doing all they can to avoid romantic love.
A second storyline is that of Jonah and Beth. They had their own story in The Sound of Sleigh Bells. I enjoyed that book so I liked reading the continuation of their lives as they interacted with Levi and Sadie. A little snippet about Gideon and Mattie, from The Christmas Singing, is included as they are also a part of the Apple Ridge community. Even Aden and Annie, from The Scent of Cherry Blossoms, are mentioned. I would recommend reading all three of the above mentioned books.
The Dawn of Christmas is a novella. I took me two sittings to read this book. I didn't want to put it down. The characters in the story are so likable. I wanted nothing but the best for them. This book is about God directing our paths if we follow Him and let Him lead us. Sadie wanted to do God's will, even if at times she wasn't sure if she was. This story is also about how God heals our hearts so we can open up to Him and those around us. I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Press in exchange for my honest review.
Book Summary: Sadie enjoys 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?
Review: I loved Sadie and Levi. It was great to see all the previous Christmas Novella characters back. The story line was great and fun to read with great dialog going between Sadie and Levi. Like every Cindy Woodsmall book it has some teary eyed moments that were quite worth it. I can't wait for the next book!. I enjoyed the off beat traits that Sadie had and Levi was a great companion to her. It is a rare gem of a story and look forward to visiting them in the future.
I would like to thank Waterbrook Press and Blogging for Books for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
After finishing this book, it just makes you want to say, "awe." It is such a sweet heartwarming story. The friendship Sadie and Levi find is priceless. It is an enjoyable book in all aspects, minus dealing with her ex-finance. You sit on the edge of your seat wondering when he will mess up this friendship. The book reminds you how God will determine a person's steps. Sometimes we don't understand the journey God has placed us on, until we see the end of the story. Isn't it wonderful God always knows the end of the story before it actually begins. The book even focusing on learning to trust again after being hurt. Life must go on, but it shows that it may be hard, but God has your heart in his hands. If you are looking for a sweet uplifting story, this would be the one. It really wouldn't matter if it is during the Christmas season or after. Thank you to the waterbrookmultnomah blogging site for this copy to read in exchange for my honest review. It was a blessing to enjoy this book. Once again Cindy Woodsmall has written a great story!
The Dawn of Christmas is relevant to much more than the holiday. Two young adults have been badly hurt, each by a member of the opposite gender, and have lost all hope for a future relationship or imminent marriage. This Amish tale is a story of learning to trust where all hope of trust has been destroyed by another. As the two discover one another a friendship of sorts begins. Upon pressure from her father, Sadie and Levi formulate a plan to "court" to satisfy the demands of Sadie's family. The friendship between them is comfortable over time until each realizes there is more to the relationship than just convenience and friendship alone. With issues from the past staring them in the face the question appears regarding where this relationship should go. Will one betray the other when the going gets rough? You'll have to pick up a copy and see for yourself.
Cindy Woodsmall is well versed author, and writes with integrity and fluency. She knows the Amish way of life well, and weaves an excellent story of the vulnerabilities in life. I would have enjoyed this as a full-length novel rather than a novella. There is so much more to the story, and I felt some predictability due to the brevity of the book. As a whole the characters are very strong and likable, people I'd love to know, and the events throughout the story kept me wanting more. This is an excellent book to read at any time throughout the year. I'm looking forward to more from Cindy Woodsmall!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.