Cindy Woodsmall does it again. I just finished reading The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Woodsmall and it was delightful! It is a short little book but full of rich characters and deep messages about forgiveness, healing and hope. The setting is once again with the Amish which adds to the peace and charm of the book. Woodsmall keeps a mystery held by one character to almost the end. I love how in such a sort amount of writing she develops such amazing likable characters. I really, really like her writing style. It would make a great Christmas gift. This book left me feeling warm and fuzzy. I hope to run into Beth and Jonah again someday.
I have included below a summary of the book as well a bio of Woodsmall. You can also purchase the book from the Random House website: http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780307446534
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
Book: The Sound of Sleigh Bells
Author: Cindy Woodsmall
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?
Cindy Woodsmall is the author of When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and 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.