Friday, February 24, 2012

The Scent of Cherry Blossoms [Review]

Title: The Scent of Cherry Blossoms
Author: Cindy Woodsmall
Labels: Fiction | Contemporary
Publisher: Waterbrook Multnomah
Publication Date: February 21, 2012
Contains: Clean as a whistle.
Buy It: Amazon | Book Depository | The Publisher

My Rating: ★ (Fantastic!)
Blurb From Goodreads: Annie Martin loves the Plain ways of her Old Order Mennonite people, like those revered by her beloved grandfather. Retreating from a contentious relationship with her mother, Annie goes to live with her Daadi Moses in Apple Ridge.  
          But as spring moves into Pennsylvania and Annie spends time amongst the cherry trees with the handsome Aden Zook, she wishes she could forget how deeply the lines between the Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonite are drawn. Can Annie and Aden find a place for their love to bloom in the midst of the brewing storm?
          I'm pretty sure I can summarize this book in these two words: utterly fantastic! This is now among my favorites, and definitely one of the most enjoyable books I've read...ever. Both Annie and Aden are fantastic, unique characters with a whole lot of personality.

          Aden and Annie are two young adults belonging to two different yet very similar religious communities, communities which forbid marriage outside of their own community. Despite this rule, the two take a liking to each other, falling a little more for the other each time their paths cross. Finally, after being driven to her grandfather's farm due to problems at home, Annie realizes her feelings for Aden have deepened a great deal. The two teeter on the fence line of going their separate ways in favor of their community and family peace, or committing to a relationship that could quite possibly hurt everyone they love and rip their communities apart.

          I'm really at a loss for how to convey the awesomeness of this book, so I'm just going to stop here. Basically, this is a great read for anyone who loves romance - from the mushy kind to realistic to practical romance. Get it. Read it. I received this book for free from the publisher. I was not require to write a review, nor a positive one. I was not compensated for this review.

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