The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Goodreads Summery: Beth Hertzler works alongside her beloved Aunt Lizzy in their dry goods store, and serving as contact of sorts between Amish craftsmen and Englischers who want to sell the Plain people’s wares. But remorse and loneliness still echo in her heart everyday as she still wears the dark garb, indicating mourning of her fiancé. When she discovers a large, intricately carved scene of Amish children playing in the snow, something deep inside Beth’s soul responds and she wants to help the unknown artist find homes for his work–including Lizzy’s dry goods store. But she doesn’t know if her bishop will approve of the gorgeous carving or deem it idolatry. Lizzy sees the changes in her niece when Beth shows her the woodworking, and after Lizzy hunts down Jonah, the artist, she is all the more determined that Beth meets this man with the hands that create healing art. But it’s not that simple–will Lizzy’s elaborate plan to reintroduce her niece to love work? Will Jonah be able to offer Beth the sleigh ride she’s always dreamed of and a second chance at real love–or just more heartbreak?
Beth is living in a world of shame and grief which and she sides from it by wearing black. Everyone thinks she is still grieving the loss of her fiancé but she is dealing with much more. She works with her aunt Lizzy in her store and keeps herself so busy she does not let herself feel. Lizzy is her single aunt who worries about Beth never finding love and becoming an old maid. Lizzy finally talks Beth into going on one of her selling trips and on this trip Beth comes across a carving that stirs her heart. Will this carver bring Beth our of her mourning?
Jonah was in a accident when he was 15 and still deals with some physical issues because of it. He found that carving helped him heal all those years ago. His family has been trying to help him find the right girl but no one grabs his attention till he meets Beth. Jonah and Beth soon start to write letters to each other but with false pretenses. Will Jonah be able to break through Beth’s shields and make her his or will the past keep true love at bay?
I loved this book!! It was great. The author did a great job of exploring both the main characters. I also felt the story line itself was believable. My heart broke for Beth as I learned her secret and why she had not moved on from the death of Henry her former beau. I found myself cheering for Jonah to get through to her and loved how his carvings helped tell the story. I will say that the connection these two seemed to have from their first meeting might have been a little unbelievable but it seemed to add to the magic of this book. I could not put it down. The side story of Beth’s aunt and her finally finding love was also great. I wish we could have spent more time on that story but this was a novella not a full novel.
Over all I highly recommend this book. It’s a great story. It also receives my highest rating with my
Abbie’s Burning the Midnight Oil Award.
DISCLOSURE: I checked out this book on my Kindle from my local library. The opinions I have expressed are my own.