Love the Spirit of the Plain People - A Must Read!
Author Cindy Woodsmall so beautifully captures the spirit and resilience of the Amish and Mennonite communities often called plain people in her book, The Scent of Cherry Blossoms: A Romance from the Heart of Amish Country. The story is about a budding romance between Annie Martin, a Mennonite and Aden Zook, an Amishman. The struggle begins as they work together in Zook's Diner which is partially owned by Annie's grandfather. As they begin falling for each other they wrestle with strongly defined restrictions. The differing views of Old Order Amish and Mennonites groups do not permit the intermarrying of the 2 groups.
Meanwhile Roman, Aden's brother, grapples with his disability and challenges in earning a living with the limits of his wheelchair. His friend Marian believes in him and challenges his self-defeating beliefs.
Annie's mother forces her to move from home and go live with her grandfather Daadi Burkholder. Since her grandfather fully upholds the Mennonite faith and has the controlling interest in the diner Annie and Aden's romance is rocky from the start. The cost to the couple personally as well as their famiiles is a huge issue. The risk of shunning for baptized church members as well as financial loss is at risk.
The author weaves the theme of cherry blossoms along with the couple's starts and stops at romance.
Is there a way for their love to thrive outside the strictly defined code and keep their faith in tact? Does Roman give up on life? Read to find out!
Disclaimer I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.