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,
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.
Unknown to either Sadie or Levi, they were experiencing the same feelings and both felt the need to run; both also fulfilled that need by taking a fast horse ride, which is how they met, and where the real story begins. Levi's horse throws him and Sadie finds him. An innocent misunderstanding gets the town talking of their relationship and this births a somewhat dishonest role playing relationship which satisfies the pressure Sadie and Levi are both feeling from their families _ what they did not realize was that through this "no-pressure" relationship, their hearts were learning to open again. Until Levi realizes that "his Sadie" was the same Sadie one of his business partners was once engaged to.
There are several other side-plots occurring which are also very interesting, but I will let you learn of those on your own. It is a great story which I highly recommend. I found myself wishing it was longer as I did not want the book to come to the end. I look forward to a possible book two.
I received this book for free from Water Brook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review, but that, in no way, affects the honesty of my review.
In The Dawn of Christmas by Cindy Woodsmall, Sadie has been gone from home on a mission trip in Peru with her family's blessing because of a broken relationship. Her family decides it is time for her to come home, but she is not ready to settle down. She has a lot of trust issues and then she meets Levi, who too has major trust issues and they become friends.
Their families each are trying to get them to find a spouse and settle down, so they decide to be friends and try to fool their families. But as time passes, they find out that they truly do care about each other.
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 planâ€”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?
Let me be honest and put it out there that I am not a Christmas fan. Maybe it's because I work in retail, or because I didn't grow up with a traditional Christmas. But I don't see the point, and it just isn't a special or magical time for me. That being said, despite this omnibus being portrayed as a Christmas novel, I almost didn't want to read it. But I was pleasantly surprised to discover that while the stories lead up to and end at Christmas, the novellas did not center solely around the holiday. This factor was my number one reason for absolutely loving this work of fiction.
In The Dawn of Christmas, Sadie catches her beau in a compromising position with her cousin. Angry and unwilling to remain in Apple Ridge, Sadie packs up and heads to Peru on a mission trip. She loves the work and the people there, but home beckons when her parents want her to return and get married. Levi, a neighbor, is also trying to convince his family he does not need a wife, and he and Sadie soon join forces to remain single. The concept of this one also got me laughing at several points, as it is rather humorous how two single people are determined to make it NOT happen.
This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.