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Monday, April 1, 2013

The Scent of Cherry Blossoms

Author: Cindy Woodsmall
Title:The Scent of Cherry Blossoms

Publication: February 21, 2012
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Genre: Graphic Novel, Comic Book
Pages: 208
Audience: 18 and up
Rating: 4 out of 5
Source: Public Library

Synopsis (from the cover): Inappropriate and forbidden. These words should stop Old Order Mennonite Annie Martins from even entertaining the idea of a romance with Old Order Amish Aden Zook. But as Annie works alongside Aden in Zook's Diner, a restaurant her Daadi Moses Burkholder co-owns, she cant hep but notice what a fine man Aden has become. A shy and stuttering talented artist, Aden struggles while toiling in the shadow of his outgoing wheelchair-bound twin brother, Roman. 
With the weighty responsibility of running the family business and serving as Roman's mobility, Aden knows that Moses could shut down the restaurant if he acts on the feelings he has for Annie. Despite so many reason to walk away, Annie and Aden struggle to envision their lives apart. Will they commit to be together in the midst of deeply drawn dividing lines and potential family hardship- or sacrifice their personal feelings for their vows to their churches, for the good of the Plain communities and the traditions they honor so much? 

My thoughts:
I really enjoyed this novel. I know there is a difference between Mennonites and Amish, but this book really illustrates the differences between the two religions. So, I learned a lot and I really like a book that can teach me something new. 
Annie and Aden are so precious together. Aden's stuttering  pretty much stops due to his love and admiration for Annie. Annie does all she can to help Aden- it is a pure, true love. Their love is forbidden by their church and their families. This does not stop the two from seeing and wanting to be with one another. The question is, will there love be able to cross holy boundaries or will it crush all that each family holds dear?
Roman is a bit of a jerk. He is self centered...and he even admits to being even more full of himself before his horrible accident. As the story continues, you actually see how vulnerable, reliant, and  angry he truly is. He is still very mad at God and how his life has played out. He has built a wall around him and his family and has a hard time letting people in until he meets Marian. Marian is one tough Amish chick who is Roman's match. But will he be able to let go and accept his life and allow Marian to help and love him as well?
This book is also about love, healing, and tolerance. If you have never read an Amish Romance, then try this one out. I really enjoyed it. 

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