About the book:
Beth Hertzler works alongside her beloved Aunt Lizzy in their dry goods store, and serving as contact of sorts between Amish craftsmen and Englischers who want to sell the Plain people’s wares. But remorse and loneliness still echo in her heart everyday as she still wears the dark garb, indicating mourning of her fiancé. When she discovers a large, intricately carved scene of Amish children playing in the snow, something deep inside Beth’s soul responds and she wants to help the unknown artist find homes for his work–including Lizzy’s dry goods store. But she doesn’t know if her bishop will approve of the gorgeous carving or deem it idolatry.
Lizzy sees the changes in her niece when Beth shows her the woodworking, and after Lizzy hunts down Jonah, the artist, she is all the more determined that Beth meets this man with the hands that create healing art. But it’s not that simple–will Lizzy’s elaborate plan to reintroduce her niece to love work? Will Jonah be able to offer Beth the sleigh ride she’s always dreamed of and a second chance at real love–or just more heartbreak?
I enjoyed this novella(208pgs) and read it in one sitting. It is not really a Christmas book except featuring it in the end. It is still enjoyable. I loved the characters and the way they interact. The plot line is interesting and unique which is always great in my opinion. I cared about the characters and what happened next. The Amish parts are not over/under done and it highlights a problem that you rarely hear or read of in the Amish community. Recommended.
About the author:
Cindy Woodsmall is the author of When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes,
The New York Times Best-Seller When the Soul Mends. Her ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters comes from her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families. A mother of three sons and two daughters-in-law, Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty-one years.
*This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.