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  1. The Dawn of Christmas
    The Dawn of Christmas
    Cindy Woodsmall
    WaterBrook / 2013 / Hardcover
    $2.99 Retail: $14.99 Save 80% ($12.00)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 18 Reviews
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  1. Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    love in the plans?
    November 14, 2013
    Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Who doesn't love a wonderful Christmas book set amidst the lovely snowfilled Amish country? Cindy Woodsmall has once again created a delightful getaway with the magic of her words. Sadie and Levi both plan to avoid marriage but God may just have other plans for their lives. They go in "cahoots" together to prevent their families from constantly meddling in their love lives, but they may just belong together. Sadie has served as a missionary to Peru and it has always been a dream of mine to serve abroad in a mission work. Sadie would have been happy to remain in that position but her family thinks she must follow the Amish tradition and marry and raise a big family. Grab a cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa and a warm blanket and settle into a good comfy chair because you won't want to get up until you reach "The End" on this one!

    I received a free copy of this book from bloggingforbooks.org in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Kansas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Dawn of Christmas by Cindy Woodsmall
    November 7, 2013
    cathy
    Kansas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Dawn of Christmas by Cindy Woodsmall is about the loss of the dream that Sadie had at the age of 19 to have the life of being a wife and mother just like the other women in her Amish culture. On the day before her greatly anticipated wedding day she caught her fiancé, Daniel, in the arms of her cousin. She answers the call of the Lord to go to a missionary tour for 2 years in Peru. She finds and learns to love the native people in the area but needs to return home to raise the money to return. Upon her arrival home she finds that her parents have not changed much and still are planning her return to the family and start planning for her to start a family of her own. Sadie finds herself drawn to Levi as a friend only and Levi accepts her as a friend only also. It seems like the perfect solution for both of them to get their respective families off their back—pretend to be lovers and their family will leave them alone. Sadie can be busy raising money for her return to Peru and Levi can work on growing his business then they can stage a fight and "breakup". That works for a while, until they start to fall in love with each other. The two best friends start to accept that they may have a relationship worth saving until that is Levi starts to talk to his business partner, Daniel, and finds out that he is the jilted Daniel of Sadie.

    I, just like all the rest of Ms Woodsmall's books, loved this one. It is written on the premise that if we would all just take the time to become friends first and lovers second we would find our self married to our best friend. Would not that plan be the one that we all wish for our children as well as for our self? Are there pitfalls in this plan? Would the passion still be there? Would we find it like being married to our brother or would the relationship change to one of passion? How important is passion anyway? Doesn't it always just go away after awhile? These are all questions that all couples find themselves answering before marriage whether marrying a best friend or experiencing love at first sight. Once again Ms Woodsmall looks at the life of the Amish and we find at that the more we discover the differences the more we see that we are more alike than different.

    I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Press for this review.
  3. Madison, AL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Very interesting book.
    November 4, 2013
    Judy
    Madison, AL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I enjoy reading stories about the Amish, and this was very good. I've read several books by this author, and enjoyed all of them.
  4. Missouri
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Story of Faith and Love
    October 31, 2013
    bemiown
    Missouri
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    REVIEW

    THE DAWN OF CHRISTMAS was Published October 15th 2013 by WaterBrook Press.

    Sadie Yoder is about to be married to Daniel, until she finds her cousin in his arms. She lost all trust and if she couldn't trust him, she couldn't marry him. She begged her father to let her leave, so she could get over the pain. He allowed her to do this. She got involved in mission projects to help the needy. Sadie has grown independent of the Old Order Amish ways. But comes the day when her father tells her to come home. She isn't the same person who left a few days before she was supposed to be married. She is different now. Ms. Woodsmall has once again come up with a beautiful heartwarming story of friendship and love. Sadie ended up going back home. She wasn't at peace. As I read, I was sure she would go on the planned Mission trip to Peru. Sadie was like your next door neighbor or your friend. Sadie goes through many struggles and even though it wasn't easy she stood through them all. She had a strong faith. She goes for a horse ride late one night when he Daad told her she must not leave the house. She let her hair down, put on some Englisch clothes and went galloping, letting the wind carry away her troubles, at least for a little while. As she goes past a field, she hears a moan. At first she is frightened, but then she sees the body along side the road. His name was Levi and his horse has thrown him. I felt it was an unique way that the author brought the two together. You'll have to read this to find out what happens between Sadie and Levi. Did she go on that mission trip to Peru? Since Levi and Daniel had dealings with horses together, will that cause any problems? Can Daniel be trusted after all these years? Sadie is a character all her own. She is independent and a slight stubborn. Levi is gentle and caring, but don't rile him. The author has put a woman who distrusts men with a man who distrusts women. Quite a combination. Will the fur fly? Will Christmas at Apple Ridge be a happy one for Levi and Sadie? Ms. Woodsmall wrote a lovely Christmas book filled with Faith and Love. What is a Christmas without Faith and Love? You'll want to pick up a copy and perhaps read it on Christmas. It's a short read. You'll feel the faith and love that Sadie and Levi feel.

    I would give this book 5 STARS.

    I received a complimentary copy of THE DAWN OF CHRISTMAS by Cindy Woodsmall from WaterbrookPublishing through their Blogging For Books review program in exchange for my unbiased view. The opinions are strictly mine. positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR,
  5. Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A quick Amish Christmas story
    October 29, 2013
    Pam Burke
    Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Last year Cindy Woodsmall published a three-in-one Christmas novella collection -- Christmas in Apple Ridge included The Sound of Sleigh Bells, The Christmas Singing, and an all-new story, The Dawn of Christmas. The first two novellas had been previously published individually.

    This year, the third novella in the series, The Dawn of Christmas, is available in an individual, hardback format to match the other two volumes.

    As usual, you can count on a Cindy Woodsmall book telling an authentic Amish story with characters you would love to meet. In this story, Sadie and Levi are young Amish adults who have their own individual plans for their lives and are trying to avoid the interference of their families. But it is Christmas time . . . and sometimes the unexpected happens at that very special season of the year.

    Fans of great Amish fiction and anyone looking for a sweet Christmas story should enjoy The Dawn of Christmas as a quick read.

    Thanks to the Blogging for Books program which provided me this book for free in exchange for my honest review.
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