Sunday, April 1, 2012

Book Review: The Scent of Cherry Blossoms

The Scent of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall is an easy read for a quick romance fix.  Having read my fair share of Amish fiction, I was surprised at the author's opening portrayal of the Old Order Mennonites.  Annie is a young woman from your not-so-typical Mennonite family, and draws the reader into an immediate sympathy because of her unfortunate home life.  Annie goes to live with her grandfather, hoping to escape the pressures of the conflict at home, only to find herself in the midst of a budding romance.

The one problem.
She is Mennonite and her beloved is Amish, a difference of immeasurable consequences for both families.
Does Annie risk the scorn of family and friends for the love of Aden Zook?

Woodsmall is able to pack another subplot in this short novel about Aden's twin brother as he struggles to find his place in the Amish community with his recently incurred disability.  However, I actually found this subplot more interesting and less predictable than the main plot.

In all, I found it difficult to read a forbidden romance in a context where the people do not change or even consider bending their convictions for any situation.  I sort of felt like I could predict what was going to happen from the very beginning.

3 out of 5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program from Multnomah in exchange for a fair and honest review.