From Goodreads: “In this spring novella from New York Times best-selling author Cindy Woodsmall, love between a Mennonite woman and an Amish man threatens the lifelong relationship between two brothers. Sadie is a young, single Old Order Mennonite who moves in with her grandfather to fill in for him at a restaurant he co-owns with Ellen Zook, an Old Amish woman, and her two sons. Romance between the Mennonites and Amish is forbidden, but Sadie grows to care for the Zook family–especially considerate Aden. Is heartache all that’s ahead for the Amish family when Sadie steals one man’s heart, leaving the wheelchair-bound twin without his caretaker.”
This really was a lovely romantic audiobook read beautifully by Cassandra Campbell. When I first started listening to it I thought it would be full of awful clichés and I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it at all, but actually as the story progressed it drew me in.
I really felt transported to Amish country and to the cherry blossoms in the title. with heroine. I could feel the longing and love between Annie the Mennonite and Aden the Amish guy. I could also sense the anxiety between the adults who wanted to stop the relationship. It was interesting to hear about the different religions and the things they allowed and disallowed. There was also a really good side story going on with the Amish brothers too which was very believable.
I have never listened to any stories by Cindy Woodsmall, but I definitely would again. I think all ages would enjoy this audiobook, but especially women who like romantic stories.
Thanks to christianaudio.com Reviewer’s Program for this copy.