The Dawn of Christmas - Cindy Woodsmall (review & GIVEAWAY!)

4 Stars!

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?

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author of numerous works of fiction and one of nonfiction. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured widely in national media. She lives in the Foothills of the North Georgia Mountains with her family.

Nice story! I really enjoyed this one, but I have always liked Cindy Woodsmall's books. I think she is a fantastic Amish fiction writer. And this book was no different. She writes like it is in real life. Not everyone's life is a pretty picture even for an Amish family - they are not all perfect either.

There was great character development. Wow, for an Amish girl, she was a spunky little thing! I loved Sadie, loved her personality, she seemed so real to me.

I love Christmas stories, and I love Amish fiction and this is a very good combination of both. This was fun, heartwarming, quick, and sweet.

Thank you "Blogging for Books" for sending me this book to read and review!

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  1. Cindy one of favorite authors also Amish is my favorite type of reading, also when reading Amish Christmas books reminds what Christmas is all about. Merry Christmas!

  2. Sounds like a great book! I enjoy reading Amish fiction and would love to read this book.

  3. This sounds like a very interesting story. One that I would love to read.

  4. I always enjoy reading Cindy Woodsmall books too, thanks for your comments. I like amish stories and you make young Sadie sound like a good character to meet.
    Will be looking for this story to read too.

    Merry Christmas
    Paula O

  5. Parents can meddle whether they are Amish or not! I can take a guess at what Sadie and Levi were planning and how it went wrong. I love a good Christmas story this time of year and when it's a love story, too - all the better.

  6. Cindy Woodsmall is one of the best writers of Amish fiction. I am very intersted in learning more about Old Order Amish. Thank you for this giveaway!


  7. I really enjoy these second chance stories. It gives me a little hope for people like me who make a lot of mistakes.

  8. Christmas stories are some of my very favorites and this sounds like a great one! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of THE DAWN OF CHRISTMAS!

  9. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful Christmas story :)

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