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The Scent Of Cherry Blossoms: A Romance From The Heart Of Amish Country (Apple Ridge #4)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  1,002 Ratings  ·  165 Reviews
Annie Martin loves the Plain ways of her Old Order Mennonite people, like those revered by her beloved grandfather. Retreating from a contentious relationship with her mother, Annie goes to live with her Daadi Moses in Apple Ridge.  
But as spring moves into Pennsylvania and Annie spends time amongst the cherry trees with the handsome Aden Zook, she wishes she could forget
Kindle Edition, 210 pages
Published (first published February 21st 2012)
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Feb 10, 2012 Marianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Both Aden and Annie are very strong characters - strong i n their convictions, strong in their beliefs, loyal to their families and church. Both come from heartaches and trials. Aden from a family where both the father and two sons are physically handicapped, and Annie from a dysfunctional family. Cindy does a great job of bringing these into the story without condemnation, but with true heartfelt emotions and you ache with the characters as they struggle and rejoice with them as they
Lynne Young
Mar 30, 2012 Lynne Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Well, I love anything by Cindy Woodsmall but this book was really a good one.

Two brothers, twins, one haunted by tragedy and the other by a disability. Aden and Roman Zook are as close as twins are supposed to be and ever since the accident that rendered Roman wheelchair bound, Aden has looked after his brother and Roman has become dependent on Aden to be there for him. So what happens when matters of the heart interfere?

Annie Martin has had a crush on Aden Zook ever since she
Mar 02, 2012 Kav rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I battled a raging snowstorm to get to the Christian bookstore before work on Saturday and was greeted by this beautiful cover the second I walked into the store. What a breath of spring! I had to buy it -- especially since it's written by Cindy Woodsmall. Need I say more? And bonus! It's a sequel to her Christmas novella, The Christmas Singing and we even get to catch up with Mattie and Gideon! Hoping that Woodsmall continues with the series because she has two seasons left to cover!

Even though
Evangeline Han
Sep 08, 2012 Evangeline Han rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second Cindy Woodsmall novella and I absolutely loved it. The Scent of Cherry Blossoms has a similar setting to The Christmas Singing; some of the characters from the latter novella make appearances in the former and vice-versa.

I requested this book for review because the Mennonite "vs." Amish topic caught my attention. I was curious and wanted to find out whether the couple in love would remain in the Mennonite or Amish community. As I read, I fell in love with the story and characte
Janet Ursel
I normally don't read romances. Especially not Amish romances. But I won a book in a giveaway (I didn't get to choose which book) and being the conscientious type, I felt obliged to read it and review it. I do not dislike romances because they're romances, but because in my experience, they are almost always poorly written. “Maybe I'm being prejudiced,” I thought. “Maybe it will turn out to be really good and convert me to reading romances.” I wasn't, and it didn't. It almost lost me on page 2 w ...more
Alexandra Morris
After a falling out with her mother Annie Martin is sent for an extended stay with her beloved Daadi Moses in Apple Ridge. Her return to this special place brings her back into contact with Aden Zook, an Amish neighbor who runs the diner of which her grandfather is part owner. However it seems that things have changed between them and she begins to look at Aden in a whole new light, but as she is a Mennonite the two can never be together.
Aden Zook has had to grow up quickly after the accident t
Virginia Campbell
Cindy Woodsmall's books are always beautifully characterized, with humanity as much a part of each man and woman as is their spirituality. The emotions and passions so deeply felt in "The Scent of Cherry Blossoms" are as exquisite and memorable as the blossoms themselves. Annie Martin's difficult relationship with her mother leads her to live with her beloved grandfather, Daadi Moses, in Apple Ridge, PA. She loves the ways of her Old Order Mennonite people, and her heart is conflicted when she r ...more
Jan Drexler
May 02, 2012 Jan Drexler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In her newest novella, The Scent of Cherry Blossoms, Cindy Woodsmall treats the reader to a glimpse into differences between two communities – the Old Order Amish and the Old Order Mennonites. But these two communities only seem identical to the outsiders. Cindy Woodsmall dares to plumb the depths of the differences between these theological “cousins” that date back to the 17th century.

Annie Martin is an Old Order Mennonite girl who loves her heritage and her grandfather. To escape a difficult s
Jan 25, 2012 AbbyJoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm pretty sure I can summarize this book in these two words: utterly fantastic! This is now among my favorites, and definitely one of the most enjoyable books I've read...ever. Both Annie and Aden are fantastic, unique characters with a whole lot of personality.

Aden and Annie are two young adults belonging to two different yet very similar religious communities, communities which forbid marriage outside of their own community. Despite this rule, the two take a liking to each other, falling a
Jamie Bradway
Whew! Made it! Read for the Read Harder challenge. My first romance!

Was it crazy that I expected more character development?
Good story of family, friendship, faith and love. Annie is the oldest of the kids in her family. She has a rocky relationship with her mother, thanks to their different outlooks on behavior. After one argument too many, Annie's mother sends her to stay with her grandfather in Pennsylvania. Annie loves her grandfather Moses and they have always gotten along well. While staying with Moses, Annie goes to help the Amish Zook family in their diner.

Aden is the cook at the diner while his handicapped b
Jul 05, 2012 Jodie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Annie's home life seems to be in constant upheaval, her mother sends her to her grandfather's house. While staying with her grandfather, she begins helping Aden at his family's restaurant. As they share more and more time together at the restaurant, they find themselves spending more and more time together outside the restaurant as well. But, when Annie's grandfather threatens to pull out his support to Aden's family restaurant if they don't stop seeing each other, both Aden and Annie are l ...more
Feb 13, 2012 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cindy Woodsmall is by far my favorite Amish fiction writer hands down. She has this ability to create descriptive details and deep meaningful characters that just draw you in to the story. Even though The Scent of Cherry Blossoms is just a small novella there is nothing small about the story line or characters.

We have two strong devoted young people. Annie, who belongs to the Older Order Mennonite people and lives with her mother and siblings in a dysfunctional family setting. Then there is Aden
Dec 30, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author: Cindy Woodsmall
Publisher: Waterbook Press
February 2012
ISBN: 978-0-307-44655-8
Genre: Amish/Mennonite

Annie Martin loves the Plain ways of her Old Order Mennonite people, like those revered by her beloved grandfather. Retreating from a contentious relationship with her mother, Annie goes to live with her Daadi Moses in Apple Ridge.

But as spring moves into Pennsylvania and Annie spends time amongst the cherry trees with the handsome Aden Zook, she wishes s
Allizabeth Collins

Annie Martin, an old order Mennonite, has always been faithful to the Plain ways of her ancestors, but when a mother-daughter spat sends her to live with her grandfather, a new "distraction" begins to test her faith. Aden Zook is Old Order Amish, and has stolen Annie's heart. Can Annie and Aden find a way to be together even though their faiths' prohibit it? Or will their love only last as long as the cherry blossoms are in season?


I live near Lancaster, Pennsylvania so I am
Amish and Cindy Woodsmall go together like milk and cookies – they are just that good and this newest book is no different and I’m so glad that I had the chance to read it! I was somewhat worried that this would be same ol’ girl wants boy, boy has issues, girl tries to forget boy, boy gets over issues then they both get married – but while it was a boy gets girl, it wasn’t the typical story. There are many intricacies that dictate dating and marriage between different groups of Plain people – so ...more
Apr 17, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Annie Martin is struggling greatly with how much her family is changing. In fact she is very upset because it seems even her Mamm is not following the ways of their Old Order Mennonite congregation, when she questions, she is sent to stay with her Daadi Moses in Apple Ridge.

For Annie Apple Ridge is and has always been a place of happiness. Probably because it takes her away from the stressful situation at home, and she loves her grand father. But there is more than that, there is Aden Zook.

'The Scent of Cherry Blossoms' by Cindy Woodsmall was a fantastic
read! The story revisits a couple of characters from previous
Woodsmall books, Roman and Aden Zook, as well as introduces us to
Annie Martin, a 'horse and buggy' Mennonite. One thing I simply love
about Woodsmall is that while her books are a series they can also be
read as standalone novels. If you're an avid reader, you start to get
a feel for the characters in her community and it's really nice to
revisit them when new novels hit the
Glenda Alexander
I found "The Scent of Cherry Blossoms", by Cindy Woodsmall captivating.

Cindy Woodsmall’s writes so artistically that you become intimately familiar with her graphic descriptions and landscapes, so much so that you can sense the smell the cherry blossoms and you feel as though you are standing in the orchards.

As you read Cindy is able to guide you so that you become familiar with the customs and beliefs of the Amish. She will lead you in a way that you feel you are in this community and understa
Tina Watson
Jun 17, 2011 Tina Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-read
Cindy Woodsmall has done it again, written another great love story.

Romance between Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonites are inappropriate and forbidden, and those same two words should stop Old Order Mennonite Annie Martin from even thinking about Old Order Amish Aden Zook. But as Annie works with Aden in Zook's Diner, the restaurant that her Daadi Moses Burkholder co-owns, she can't help but notice what a handsome man Aden has become. Aden stutters and is also a talented artist, but he out
Mar 30, 2016 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this sweet story that breached both the Amish and Mennonite worlds and asked the questions, "Is this really love?" and "What are you willing to give up for this love?"

I liked the interesting characters in this book. The main male character struggles with a stutter, while his twin brother struggles with his bitterness about being confined to a wheelchair. Right from the start I knew that I would enjoy seeing how the author brought these two past the things that were hindering the
Feb 09, 2012 Taylor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Scent of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall is the first Amish fiction book I’ve read in years. I think it was a great re-introduction back into the Amish and Mennonite world. Cindy Woodsmall writes very vividly, so it was very easy to imagine the scenery and characters interacting together. The character of Annie Martin was refreshing to read, especially since she had quite a bit of spunk. The themes of acceptance and personal forgiveness were well written and the dialogue between character ...more
Nancy Reynolds
Nov 11, 2013 Nancy Reynolds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this book because, unlike a lot of Amish fiction, it gave more insight into the differences between Old-Order Mennonite and the Amish. It was well written and had a very sweet story. I always enjoy Cindy Woodsmall's books. In today's world, her books are refreshing reads.
The characters were endearing and well-developed. The story was light, flowed well and was easy to understand.
Oct 08, 2012 CarolynB rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Excellent! This has to be one of my all-time favorites. I'm a fan of Cindy Woodsmall's writing!
Alexis Neal
Things have been tense in the Martin household. Nineteen-year-old Annie tries to ignore her brothers' antics, but there's no denying that their drinking and swearing and gambling is a far cry from appropriate behavior for Old Order Mennonites. When her mother sends her off to stay with her grandfather in Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania, she's relieved to get away from all the fighting. But Apple Ridge brings its own challenges, as Annie is reminded of her affection for quiet, stuttering Aden Zook. As ...more
Judy A. Ptacek
Mar 19, 2017 Judy A. Ptacek rated it really liked it
Mennonite and amish romance

When they were growing up they were close friends. Now as adults they find resistance from their communities for their romance. She is Amish and he is Mennonite. Will they be able to marry when they will be make so much disappointment from their families?
Tricha Leary
Nov 23, 2016 Tricha Leary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy reading books with the Amish in them and this was no different. Enjoyed the read.

When young Annie Martin leaves her mother’s home, she takes up residence in her grandfather’s house. Her grandfather (Daadi Moses), lives next door to Aden Zook and Aden’s family. Aden’s family owns a diner and that’s how they make their living. Since Aden’s father and Moses are in business together via ownership of the diner, the diner is allowed to have electricity.

The Zook family is Amish and the Martins are Mennonite. The Amish are forbidden from using
Patty Hearts Dave
Annie Martin and Aden Zook had been friends for five years. They first met when Annie helped out at Zook's Diner when she was 15 years old. Aden's father and twin brother, Roman, were in a farming accident. They couldn't work at the diner for awhile so Annie filled in. Annie's grandfather, Moses Burkholder, co-owned the diner with the Zook's. Whenever Annie visited her grandfather in Apple Ridge, PA, she would also see the Zook's, and make sure to spend time with Aden.

Annie had returned to Apple
Aug 20, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of the complications–and the fireworks of exploding tempers that arise–when an Old Order Amish man, Aden Zook, falls in love with an Old Order Mennonite girl, Annie Martin. For those of us who are neither Amish or Mennonite, our first thoughts might be that people of those faiths are so similar there shouldn’t be any problems intermingling in marriage. Au contraire! By reading this book, we discover Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonites are actually worlds apart. It would se ...more
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Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written nineteen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy's been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has ...more
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Apple Ridge (4 books)
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  • The Christmas Singing (Apple Ridge #2)
  • The Dawn of Christmas: A Romance from the Heart of Amish Country

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