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?
Once again Cindy Woodsmall catches my attention. The only bad thing about this book is it's length. I wanted the book to continue. Maybe next Christmas Cindy can bring Beth back in the next chapter of her life. I think most of us can find a bit of Beth in ourselves as she struggles to hide behind a tragic event in her life not wanting to really show anyone the truth behind her pain. The fear of being judged or hurting others comes across in all walks of life not just mine or yours. This tale will carve a picture in your mind and leave a warm feeling in your heart.
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