This is the first story in the Apple Ridge series.
Here is a brief synopsis:
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?
Ms. Woodsmall excels at creating unexpected twists and turns. . . I couldn’t put the book down until I was done!
Beth and Jonah almost immediately garner your sympathy; Beth’s fiancé died just before their wedding and Jonah almost died while rescuing his family! As the story unfolds, Beth and Jonah both begin to share their deep, dark secrets . . . and their shame. With a little help, they are both able to finally put the past behind them. But what happens when they finally meet . . .
I wanted to hide with Beth . . . and I laughed out loud when Jonah discovered the ruse, but was unable to get Beth out of his thoughts. And I cheered when he showed up at the motel with a sleigh!
Read this book to find out how Jonah finally gets through to Beth…
This is the perfect 1st book of Christmas.
God Bless You!
Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt