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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Sound of Sleigh Bells...Review

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 loved Cindy Woodsmall's Sisters of the Quilt series, but I found The Sound of Sleigh Bells somewhat disappointing.  I'm not sure what it was.  It has all the makings of a terrific Christmas novella and is Amish to boot.

I liked Beth and Jonah, but Lizzy and her interfering annoyed me.  It felt rushed and undeveloped, and I think it would make a better, longer novel.  Still, it's a light, engaging read and one that fans of Cindy Woodsmall will undoubtedly love.

You can purchase your own copy here.

Personal copy read 12/10. 

* *
2/5 Stars

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