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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (595 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cindy Woodsmall Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9780307577214
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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?

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/20/2014

    " I enjoyed a look into a different culture, the Amish. It was also a wonderful Christmas based love story and story of self realization and forgiveness. I will look for other books by Cindy Woodsmall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Rodriguez | 2/10/2014

    " I liked this book. I have never read anything by this author and know little about the Amish way of life. The story is about Beth who's in mourning after the death of her fiance and is harboring a secret related to his death. Beth has kept everyone at a distance until she discovers a piece of artwork created by an Amish craftsman that touches her deeply. Beth believes the craftsman is an old bachelor. The craftsman thinks Beth is her aunt who encourages him to write. They fall in love through their coorespondance, but the trickery is soon discovered. The rest of the book elaborates on the confessions and forgiveness of everyone involved. If you need a feel good story fo the holiday season this may be it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meaghan | 2/9/2014

    " This was a really sweet book. It lacked a little in the end but over all I liked it. It was a fairly easy read too. I finished it in a week, which is hard for me to do with any book! ;) I will say this I am hungry for more Amish books. I lived in Amish country as a girl and this sparked my interest in them. I am on the hunt for the next good book to read about Amish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Pedersen at www.MrsSouthernBride.com | 2/2/2014

    " A sweet story on forgiveness, trust, and learning to move on with life after tragedy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KyleeJ | 1/28/2014

    " On hold at the library. 3rd in line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shari | 1/28/2014

    " I loved this book, it was such a heartwarming story! It also was a good tool to remind me that God's grace and forgiveness IS enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kali | 1/15/2014

    " Touched my heart :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha Shaw | 11/15/2013

    " Books about the Amish are so interesting. Sometimes makes me yearn for their simpler life. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vince | 11/15/2013

    " An Amish story set during Christmas. Okay, not great but not too bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/11/2013

    " I loved this book. A sweet book. Full of Joy,hope,love,forgivess. A page turner to to tug at your heartstrings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 8/10/2013

    " Cute, very light and fluffy book. Had a sweet message. Not as "Christmasy" as I was hoping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl-Lynn | 7/1/2012

    " A predictable but enjoyable book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 3/1/2012

    " Great book about forgiveness and love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 8/7/2011

    " This was a good quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindi (cheesygiraffe) | 6/3/2011

    " #132of2012 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 1/11/2011

    " This is a light read, one read when time is short and the mind feels heavy. Cindy Woodsmall does not write great literature, but her understanding of Amish ways makes her books palpable and restful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kel | 12/23/2010

    " A book about learning to trust. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 12/20/2010

    " The best book I have ever read and the best i might ever read.
    But I should "never say never"!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 12/10/2010

    " Just picked this up at library because it looked interesting. It was interesting to read a bit about the Old Amish culture. Cute little Christmas story... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxanne | 11/21/2010

    " Wonderful book--by an absolutely wonderful author. I love her books! Just the title alone totally captured me, and the book lived up to every promise made by the charming title! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 5/4/2010

    " Very predictable Amish fiction. Not as good as some other authors, but a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 4/10/2010

    " What a very sweet story. I loved how it looked inside the characters. I appreciated how the faith of the characters informed their actions (and I say this as a non-religious person). "

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About the Author
Author Cindy Woodsmall

Cindy Woodsmall is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sisters of the Quilt series including the books When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and 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 one daughter-in-law, Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty years.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.