Thursday, March 29, 2012
I have been getting books in the mail all the time lately. And with my larger belly, it has been nice to relax and read. This particular book was sent to be from the Blogging for Books program through Waterbrrok Multnomah Press.
I have been given the chance to read several of Cindy Woodsmall's Books. Each of them usually focus on Old Order Amish life and I have really enjoyed each one. However, The Scent of Cherry Blossoms, was by far my favorite. The story is a typical love story, one that reminds me of Romeo and Juliet. We have an old order Mennonite girl, Annie, who can't seem to find a place where she belongs. So she returns to live with her grandfather, Daadi Moses. Since the Mennonites are allowed to use electricity, Moses has been helping run a diner with an Old Order Amish family. The families have always been friends and helped each other. So when Annie returns to her grandfather's place she also helps out at the diner like she had in the past. However, this time it is different. The friendship that had been developing over the years between Annie and an Amish boy, Aden, quickly turns to love.
Although Old Order Mennonite and Old Order Amish are allowed to be friends, there are strict rules on marriage and love. For Annie to be with Aden, one would have to break their vow of faith and leave their family. Which could also lead to Moses dissolving his business relationship and the Amish family closing the diner.
I loved the way that this book switched between who was telling the story. It was great to get a feel for each character, their feelings, and their desires through the story. And there was so much more to it than just the forbidden love. We saw the struggles that any typical family would go through with the Old Order twists. And it was a great reminder that no matter what faith you follow, the same life problems will strike and cause you to make tough decisions.
I thought this was a great book for any female in middle school and up. It was a delightful easy read that brought out a lot of emotion out of this preggo mama.