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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?


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Published: WaterBrook Multnomah an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Feb 21, 2012
ISBN: 9780307729637
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I loved this book. It gives you the respective of two people though their eyes. One is a Old Order Mennonite and the other is from Old Order Amish. There are something going on between both families.Both families now each other. Annie Martin grandfather is a partner of Zook Dinner. For they need his partnership to keep it running. Aden and Annie are finding it hard to settle their hearts. They try to to go separates ways. Annie grandfather tries to threaten the partnership.You will need to read it to find out if they make it work. Who decides to change faiths to really get love the one they both want.read more
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Description: Annie Martin, an old order Mennonite, has always been faithful to the Plain ways of her ancestors, but when a mother-daughter spat sends her to live with her grandfather, a new "distraction" begins to test her faith. Aden Zook is Old Order Amish, and has stolen Annie's heart. Can Annie and Aden find a way to be together even though their faiths' prohibit it? Or will their love only last as long as the cherry blossoms are in season?Review: I live near Lancaster, Pennsylvania so I am no stranger to horse-and-buggy travel in the area, but besides what I have seen and read about the Amish population, I don't really know much about their beliefs or daily life. So when Doubleday Publishing Group offered me a copy of The Scent of Cherry Blossoms, I was excited to learn more about Amish culture. The book is short, but I found out that it is part of a "seasonal" series of novellas by Cindy Woodsmall, (so I know I will be heading to the library soon to find the other ones). I loved the characters, especially Annie, Aden, and Roman; their thoughts as well as their dialogue were detailed and full of emotion. Their relationships and interactions with the community were fun to read about - as was the book as a whole. The plot was good, and I enjoyed the innocent romance as well as the back-story. My only qualm was that it was so short, but that was intended; I will definitely be reading more books by Cindy Woodsmall now that I have discovered her craft for words. I was amazed by the amount of information and feeling that she managed to fit into this tiny book! Highly recommended for fans of Christian and Amish/Mennonite fiction. Off to the library I go to find more in the series!Rating: On the Run (4/5)*** I received this book from the author (The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.read more
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As always Cindy Woodsmall has a great story to tell of the Amish but this one involves an ex-old amish young woman Annie and she worked in the market selling fruit with two of her brother supposed to be helping. They were loud and lazy so she had most of the work to do herself. They had moved from the old Amish ways into the more modern Mennonites but still missed Apple Ridge where they used to live before her father passed away. Her grandfather still lived there and called them often. Annie's mother didn't pay attentoion to what was going on in her family and she and Annie saw things differetly.Finially Annie decides to move back to her grandfather at Apple Ridge and this is where she meets Aden Zook an old order Amish man. Can their two different ways let them love one another and get alone.Thanks so much to Library Thing for sending me this beautiful hardback book to read and enjoy. I decided to do a review.read more
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I loved this book. It gives you the respective of two people though their eyes. One is a Old Order Mennonite and the other is from Old Order Amish. There are something going on between both families.Both families now each other. Annie Martin grandfather is a partner of Zook Dinner. For they need his partnership to keep it running. Aden and Annie are finding it hard to settle their hearts. They try to to go separates ways. Annie grandfather tries to threaten the partnership.You will need to read it to find out if they make it work. Who decides to change faiths to really get love the one they both want.
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Description: Annie Martin, an old order Mennonite, has always been faithful to the Plain ways of her ancestors, but when a mother-daughter spat sends her to live with her grandfather, a new "distraction" begins to test her faith. Aden Zook is Old Order Amish, and has stolen Annie's heart. Can Annie and Aden find a way to be together even though their faiths' prohibit it? Or will their love only last as long as the cherry blossoms are in season?Review: I live near Lancaster, Pennsylvania so I am no stranger to horse-and-buggy travel in the area, but besides what I have seen and read about the Amish population, I don't really know much about their beliefs or daily life. So when Doubleday Publishing Group offered me a copy of The Scent of Cherry Blossoms, I was excited to learn more about Amish culture. The book is short, but I found out that it is part of a "seasonal" series of novellas by Cindy Woodsmall, (so I know I will be heading to the library soon to find the other ones). I loved the characters, especially Annie, Aden, and Roman; their thoughts as well as their dialogue were detailed and full of emotion. Their relationships and interactions with the community were fun to read about - as was the book as a whole. The plot was good, and I enjoyed the innocent romance as well as the back-story. My only qualm was that it was so short, but that was intended; I will definitely be reading more books by Cindy Woodsmall now that I have discovered her craft for words. I was amazed by the amount of information and feeling that she managed to fit into this tiny book! Highly recommended for fans of Christian and Amish/Mennonite fiction. Off to the library I go to find more in the series!Rating: On the Run (4/5)*** I received this book from the author (The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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As always Cindy Woodsmall has a great story to tell of the Amish but this one involves an ex-old amish young woman Annie and she worked in the market selling fruit with two of her brother supposed to be helping. They were loud and lazy so she had most of the work to do herself. They had moved from the old Amish ways into the more modern Mennonites but still missed Apple Ridge where they used to live before her father passed away. Her grandfather still lived there and called them often. Annie's mother didn't pay attentoion to what was going on in her family and she and Annie saw things differetly.Finially Annie decides to move back to her grandfather at Apple Ridge and this is where she meets Aden Zook an old order Amish man. Can their two different ways let them love one another and get alone.Thanks so much to Library Thing for sending me this beautiful hardback book to read and enjoy. I decided to do a review.
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Two people in love-one Old Order Mennonite and the other Old Order Amish. If they choose to be together, one will be shunned leaving Adam and Annie with some hard decisions to make.I enjoyed this book but it was lacking something. The characters justalways didn't seem to flow, often appearing one-dementional.
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This is my second Cindy Woodsmall novella and I absolutely loved it. The Scent of Cherry Blossoms has a similar setting to The Christmas Singing; some of the characters from the latter novella make appearances in the former and vice-versa.I requested this book for review because the Mennonite "vs." Amish topic caught my attention. I was curious and wanted to find out whether the couple in love would remain in the Mennonite or Amish community. As I read, I fell in love with the story and characters.Something that really stands out right from the beginning is the way Cindy does not sugarcoat disagreements the Mennonites and Amish have among themselves. Frequently, bonnet fiction depict Plain people as leading very peaceful lifestyles and having very submissive children. Thus, you could imagine my surprise when I read about the young characters having disagreements with their elders. It was shocking, really.It was also eye-opening how the Mennonite and Amish cultures differ. Prior to reading The Scent of Cherry Blossoms, I did not know that there is such a group as the Old Order Mennonite. I had always assumed that Mennonites are way more modern than the Amish, judging by the Mennonites in one of the Plain forums in cyberspace.The main characters are endearing. Whether it is Aden who stutters, kind-hearted Annie, or frustrated Roman, you can easily empathize with their struggles and feel disappointed when they make mistakes. My favorite character is Aden. He is this young guy who is struggling between the decision of being with the girl he loves and keeping the Amish rules he has been taught from young. His family opposes the idea of him being in a relationship with a girl not belonging to the Amish community. To summarize it all, he is between a rock and a hard place.All in all, The Scent of Cherry Blossoms quickly became another favorite book for me. The complications in the story along with what we can learn about the Mennonites and Amish makes this book an enjoyable and hard-to-put-down read.
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***Though the publisher provides the free book, I offer the opinion.***My Look:THE SCENT OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS pits Plain against Plain in a battle of love. Annie Martin is Plain Order Mennonite while Aden Zook is Plain Order Amish, but when childhood friendship springs into something more, they are worlds apart.Annie finds herself back at her Daadi Moses house, whether she'd wanted to be there or not. She did, but this time her visit wasn't due to Daadi's illness; Annie's mother nearly kicked her out of the house without any information on when she'd be welcomed back. Having a petrified relationship with her mother, Annie just doesn't understand how she let the family unit go to dysfunction, after her father left them. This worldliness is the main source of contention between Mamm and her daughter, especially since her brothers' alarming new turn into things not permitted in their faith. Her brothers drink and play games of cards and take a lackadaisical approach to their job. Annie knew she should've kept her mouth shut, but she didn't. Annie worried for her younger siblings who seemed to be favoring their eldest brothers' bad habits.Back working in the Zook's diner, Annie realizes Aden is all grown now.Aden Zook enjoys sketching, but he must work too. A long work schedule is hard but not as monstrous to him as his stutter seems to be; he just wants to be more like his brother, Roman Zook.However, Roman hasn't been Roman in what feels like a lifetime.An accident bound Roman to his wheelchair and almost killed their Daed, but everyone is alive and well. However, Roman depends on Aden to assist in everyday tasks while his Daed cannot do anything near what he used to. Daed's muscles and pain restrict him so. Nevertheless, this family still runs the best diner anyone ever had, but when their Uncle Ernie needs Roman's help to fix a generator, he convinces Roman to go.But what maybe good for Roman's confidence will push Aden's work schedule beyond what any man can be can aspire to handle, with a wedding party to feed and a diner to manage.It's Roman who has the business mind out of the two brothers, and he impresses on Aden how important this wedding can be in the future of the diner. If they can manage to service the Plain relatives of the happy couple, it would open future opportunities, but Roman is not here to help manage this task. How can Aden and Mamm do this while being almost alone?Blessings reign on the Zooks in the form of a Plain Mennonite named Annie Martin.Aden always remembers their time working together as young kids while she worked in his family's diner. Aden's truth is that he's always felt fondness for Annie. However, he acted shy and not very responsive to hide his impediment, freely allowing his brother Roman to do the talking.Now, they will be working side by side, again, but Aden has only his own voice for Annie. Moreover, she has a way of making him open up, perhaps more than he should, and she might begin to realize just how much he cares for Annie.Now while caring for a woman is not a sin, a relationship with this woman will cost them both, dearly.My Take:I recommend THE SCENT OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS by Cindy Woodsmall!Cindy Woodsmall writes a love story that is full and complete and you'll meet more characters plus learn their stories. However, you will not be ready for this novella to end as her writing is engaging enough to make you want more.Through WaterBrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books Program, I received this book for free in exchange my honest review.
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