The Scent of Cherry Blossoms, by Cindy Woodsmall, is a captivating story. It involves two conservative young people, both very loyal to their religions and unsure of how to deal with their growing affection toward each other.
Annie is sent to live with her grandfather, and she finds herself face to face with her old friend Aden, who doesn’t feel much like just a friend anymore. Aden has loved Annie for years, but has hidden his feelings and isn’t sure how to handle his growing love for her. She is Mennonite. He is Amish. The two would never be allowed to marry, and her grandfather could easily destroy his family’s diner if angered. In addition to all of that, Aden’s twin brother, wheelchair bound, is determined to keep the two of them apart.
The characters in this story are realistic, sweet and gentle, but each with their own flaws. The story flows into an easy read, and keeps your attention to the very end. I have read stories where an Amish person and an Englisher fall in love, but not an Amish and a Mennonite. I couldn’t wait to see how this issue would be resolved.
I would recommend this book to all who enjoy Amish fiction.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.