The Scent of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall is the story of Annie Martin and Aden Zook. Annie and Aden have known each other for childhood and their paths cross whenever Annie visits her grandfather. Aden’s family owns a diner in which Annie’s grandfather is a partner. When Annie finds herself on an extended visit, she ends up working closely with Aden at the diner. Feelings that have been there since childhood, become stronger but because Annie is Old Order Mennonite and Aden is Old Order Amish anything more than a casual friendship is strictly forbidden. The two must decide if their relationship is worth the scandal it will bring to their families and the excommunication for one of them from their church.
I liked the twist of a relationship between an Old Order Mennonite and an Old Order Amish because I didn’t know that there was contention between the two groups. I think many people think these groups are the same and it was interesting to learn about a few of the differences. I liked how the relationship between Annie and Aden developed because communication is hard for Aden. It was sweet that Annie met him where he was at and that Aden became open to different ways of trying to communicate with her. I loved the significance of the cherry orchard. There were times the story moved a little slowly, but overall a good effort.
Thanks to Water Brook Multnomah for providing me a free copy of this book to review in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a favorable review.