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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall



Summary:

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 fiancĂ©. 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?

My Thoughts:
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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You can also purchase this book online from Random House who provided both a review copy and the giveaway copy of this book.  It is available in hardcover, ebook and audio download.

Contest ends 10/22 and is open to US residents

61 comments:

angie said...

I always love reviews. Thank you!

joeandbridge said...

I would love to win, my heart needs a smile. Now that my last baby went to Kingergarten I have more time to read. Thanks for the giveaway!
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rubynreba said...

I think this sounds like a book that will just make you feel good and would really like to read it.
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abfantom said...

This sounds like an interesting book that I'd like to read. Please enter me in the giveaway.

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Pat said...

I love books about the Amish, please enter me!

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I want to win because I love all of her books!!

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AStarrA said...

I want to win this book for my mom!

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Jenna Z said...

I could really use some new cold weather reading material!

Emma said...

This book sounds wonderful. I like to read christmas stories.I like books about the Amish.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

Deanne02 said...

I just saw this book in a flyer from a Christian book store and I'd love to read it. Nothing like a heart warming story around the Holidays!
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Laura said...

I love reading books about the Amish. Great review!

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Nickolay said...

I want to win because it looks like a interesting Fall read. I am interested in the lifestyles of the Amish

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Hotsnotty2 said...

Sounds like this is going to be and interesting and heartwarming, thanks for the chance!

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Bethie said...

I want to win because I find the Amish facinating.

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AmandaK said...

This sounds like a fabulous book and well... I need some more reading material!

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Cherie J said...

I want to red this because I love christmas stories and I enjoy Amish stories as well. This is the perfect combination as well. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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Cherie J said...

I am now a Google follower.

dliver316 said...

This book sounds so heartwarming. I love books that are set in a simpler time.

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y2 said...

This book seems like its filled with adventure, curiosity and romance, and I would love to win a copy.

Sheila P said...

I want to win it because it sounds like a very good book!

Wanda said...

I would love to win this book because I love reading Christian books and I love books about the Amish.
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Wanda said...

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Anita Yancey said...

I'd like to read it, because it sounds very interesting and I'd like to learn more about the Amish. Please enter me. Thanks!

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Heather said...

your review makes this sounds like a really great book and being one of my favorite types of books makes it all that much better

erma said...

This book looks so good, I'd want to read it.
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Deedles said...

This book sounds like a good read. I would love to add this to my book collection.

Erica G said...

I want to win because the book sounds good and I love to read. Thanks!

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ellie said...

I'm looking for some good holiday books and this one sounds just right. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Jen said...

I have been a huge fan of Cindy Woodsmall since I first read "When the heart cries." I anxiously awaited each new book in that series. I was so excited to see that she has written more. I would love to read her newest story.

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Corrie at "Cents"able Momma said...

I would love to win this book. I love Amish fiction, and I've never read this author before. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Bohemian Gypsy said...

I love Christmas and this sounds like a wonderful book. We are very fortunate to have Amish neighbors/an Amish community where we live. It is a beautiful culture to observe. Thank you for the giveaway.

Gabriel J. said...

Great book, great contest!

Jinxy and Me said...

My mom collects Christmas books, so she would love this!

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crystalf said...

It sounds really good. I would love to see how the story unfolds. Thanks for the giveaway!

Katie said...

I would really love to win this book because it its a total feel good/snuggle up in bed book ! :)

Awesome giveaway!

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Donna said...

I love reading books about Amish people. This one looks like a good one!

FDP 4 Life said...

i really enjoy learning about other people's customs and beliefs

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I love holiday reads!

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Nancy said...

I read the When the Soul Mends and thought it was really good. I would love to read another book she has written.

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barbara said...

I want to win because I LOVE anything to do with Christmas - especially books - they help get me in the mood!

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Nancye said...

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