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WaterBrook Press / 2013 / Hardcover

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Sadie enjoys her time away from home and mission trips to Peru---but her Amish family insists she settle down. To keep them from meddling in her life, she devises a plan with Levi, a heartbroken bachelor with no desire for romance. But when the walls around their hearts start crumbling, will they embrace a future together? 176 pages, hardcover from Waterbrook.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 0307732134
ISBN-13: 9780307732132
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This Christmas, experience learning to trust alongside the Plain folk of Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania in this heart-warming tale of second chances.
 
Sadie enjoys her freedom away from home and her mission trips to Peru, but after four years, her Old Order Amish family insists it’s time to come home and settle down. Levi, a bachelor who distrusts women after a family heartbreak, also has no desire for romance. To keep their families from meddling in their lives, Sadie and Levi devise a plan—but soon discover that the walls around their hearts are breaking down. Can they let go of their prejudices, learn to trust each other, and embrace a future together?

Author Bio

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author of more than a dozen works of fiction and one work of non-fiction, whose connection with the Amish community has been featured widely in national media and throughout Christian news outlets. She lives outside Atlanta with her family. 
 

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  1. Robin Wallace
    Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Fun and Fantastic Christmas
    April 8, 2014
    Robin Wallace
    Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Dawn of Christmas

    Cindy Woodsmall

    Book Summary: Sadie enjoys her freedom away from home and her mission trips to Peru, but after four years, her Old Order Amish family insists it's time to come home and settle down. Levi, a bachelor who distrusts women after a family heartbreak, also has no desire for romance. To keep their families from meddling in their lives, Sadie and Levi devise a plan-but soon discover that the walls around their hearts are breaking down. Can they let go of their prejudices, learn to trust each other, and embrace a future together?

    Review: I loved Sadie and Levi. It was great to see all the previous Christmas Novella characters back. The story line was great and fun to read with great dialog going between Sadie and Levi. Like every Cindy Woodsmall book it has some teary eyed moments that were quite worth it. I can't wait for the next book!. I enjoyed the off beat traits that Sadie had and Levi was a great companion to her. It is a rare gem of a story and look forward to visiting them in the future.

    I would like to thank Waterbrook Press and Blogging for Books for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
  2. DavidsMom
    Louisiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A sweet story
    January 13, 2014
    DavidsMom
    Louisiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Dawn of Christmas by Cindy Woodsmall

    After finishing this book, it just makes you want to say, "awe." It is such a sweet heartwarming story. The friendship Sadie and Levi find is priceless. It is an enjoyable book in all aspects, minus dealing with her ex-finance. You sit on the edge of your seat wondering when he will mess up this friendship. The book reminds you how God will determine a person's steps. Sometimes we don't understand the journey God has placed us on, until we see the end of the story. Isn't it wonderful God always knows the end of the story before it actually begins. The book even focusing on learning to trust again after being hurt. Life must go on, but it shows that it may be hard, but God has your heart in his hands. If you are looking for a sweet uplifting story, this would be the one. It really wouldn't matter if it is during the Christmas season or after. Thank you to the waterbrookmultnomah blogging site for this copy to read in exchange for my honest review. It was a blessing to enjoy this book. Once again Cindy Woodsmall has written a great story!
  3. Nancee
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Trust Doesn't Come Easy...
    January 8, 2014
    Nancee
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Dawn of Christmas is relevant to much more than the holiday. Two young adults have been badly hurt, each by a member of the opposite gender, and have lost all hope for a future relationship or imminent marriage. This Amish tale is a story of learning to trust where all hope of trust has been destroyed by another. As the two discover one another a friendship of sorts begins. Upon pressure from her father, Sadie and Levi formulate a plan to "court" to satisfy the demands of Sadie's family. The friendship between them is comfortable over time until each realizes there is more to the relationship than just convenience and friendship alone. With issues from the past staring them in the face the question appears regarding where this relationship should go. Will one betray the other when the going gets rough? You'll have to pick up a copy and see for yourself.

    Cindy Woodsmall is well versed author, and writes with integrity and fluency. She knows the Amish way of life well, and weaves an excellent story of the vulnerabilities in life. I would have enjoyed this as a full-length novel rather than a novella. There is so much more to the story, and I felt some predictability due to the brevity of the book. As a whole the characters are very strong and likable, people I'd love to know, and the events throughout the story kept me wanting more. This is an excellent book to read at any time throughout the year. I'm looking forward to more from Cindy Woodsmall!

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
  4. Ruth Stiles
    Central NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    December 3, 2013
    Ruth Stiles
    Central NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Sadie thought she had found peace with life. Four years have passed since she found her fiance in the arms of another woman. Sadie was happy with working at the mercantile and living her life in the Amish/English world. She never considered going back home and joining the church. However, when her dad summons her home she finds her life turned upside down. Levi knows the pain and loss of love. His family has experienced so much. When he is gravely injured and an angel of love comes to his rescue, he begins to rethink love and its purpose in his life.

    This is a good read for booklovers of Amish literature. The Dawn of Christmas offers hope and love in the midst of trials and heartache. Read along as Sadie and Levi find something deeper than friendship, but will this be enough to last a lifetime?

    I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah to review and am not being compensated for my review.
  5. deanna13
    Jonesboro, LA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Story
    November 21, 2013
    deanna13
    Jonesboro, LA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Dawn of Christmas by Cindy Woodsmall is a wonderful story dealing with second chances and learning to trust. Sadie was engaged to Daniel and shortly before the wedding she caught him kissing her cousin but he tried to convince her that she did not see what she thought she saw. In fact, most people in the community did not believe Sadie. Her family decided that it would be best if she

    moved away and this gives her the opportunity to spend time in Peru as a missionary. After four years, Sadie is ready to go back home and her family welcomes her back. Soon after Sadie arrived back home she is out walking and finds Levi lying in the snow seriously injured after being thrown from his horse. He distrusts women after watching his brother suffer when his wife left him with a young son to rear alone. Their families and friends begin to meddle in their lives by trying to get them romantically interested in each other. To keep the peace, Sadie and Levi decide to pretend that they are courting and this leads to lots of interesting situations..

    This story was very well written and all the characters were so well developed that they came to life. Through the dialogue of the characters I could feel their pain and sorrow. All the scenes were so descriptive that I was right in the middle of the action. Both main characters had suffered from the actions of others and I really liked the way the author had them turning to God for guidance and for the ability to forgive the ones who wronged them. It was interesting to follow Sadie and Levi in their journey of learning to trust again.

    I definitely recommend this book to all readers who are lovers of Amish fiction that involves a great romance.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers through their Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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