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

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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 h
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Published (first published February 21st 2012)
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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
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
Lynne Young
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
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
'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

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.

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
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
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
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
Evangeline Han
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
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
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
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
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
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
Xandra Ali
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
I gave it four stars because I really like Cindy Woodsmall's story. If this review was just regarding the story, I would have given it five stars, but this review is for the audiobook version. Both Annie and Aiden (I hope I spelled those names correctly) were likable characters and the story was endearing.
There is just one problem - the narration. I found it to be inconsistent with the quality of the book and I was unable to even finish listening to this version. The 'voice' of the male parts
Nancy Reynolds
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.
Jennifer Fischer
I usually enjoy Amish fiction, but I've read so much of it that sometimes it's difficult for me to get into the story. I was honestly drawn to this book by the cover and the title, but I was worried that it would be too similar to other Amish fiction titles and I'd get bored with it.

I'll admit it; I was wrong! I loved this story. The characters of Aden and Annie drew me in from the beginning. I didn't care much for Roman in the beginning, but by the end of the book I learned enough about his cha
Annie, a sweet Mennonite girl, joyfully begins to help at the diner her grandfather rents to an Amish family that is still feeling the effects of an accident that paralyzed one son years earlier. Though the accident left Roman bitter about his romantic prospects and inability to do physical labor, it has allowed Roman’s twin Aden to grow more confident in his own abilities in spite of the stutter that has kept him quiet for years. Within days Aden is coming out of his shell around Annie, and Rom ...more
Yesterday, I was in desperate need of something to help me relax and plucked this short novel out of my stack of library books to do just that. Woodsmall has a way of sweeping me into her stories so much so that I cannot stop before I devour every last word. This was exactly the uplifting story I needed to help calm me.

The subplot of Roman’s struggle with his paralysis also caught my attention. It is hard enough in the Englisher world to need accommodations for your disability, but Roman’s needs
When Annie and her mother had words, her mother sent her to spend time with her grandfather. Her grandfather sent her to help the neighbors who owned a cafe that he had part interest in, never thinking that a Mennonite would fall in love with an Amish man. Annie and Aden had known each other for years, but now that they were older, the attraction began to worry both his parents and her grandfather.Annie and Aden would meet in the cherry orchard at night, and walk through the trees. Aden's twin, ...more
The tale of young love separated by family loyalty is as old as Shakespeare, yet it remains a well-used plot in today's novels. In This Amish tale by Cindy Woodsmall, Annie and Aden find themselves falling in love as they work together in his family's restaurant. While both are believers, she is Mennonite and he Amish. Their relationship could not only separate them from their families but also ruin his family's livelihood, which is in part run by Annie's grandfather. Will the strength of their ...more
Hattie Norman
I am use to thinking of religion as bringing peace not war. Some very religious people can quote chapter and verse about The Lord bringing "war and rumours of war" divided houses. The Scent of CHERRY BLOSSOMS by CINDY WOODSMALL is a novel which puts these opposing views in perspective by using two families. One family is Amish. The other family is Mennonite. Aden falls deeply in love with Annie. There is a very big problem. Aden's family is Amish. Annie's grandfather is a Mennonite. It is believ ...more
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
Annie enjoys working at the fruit stand despite the occasional hazards. She is given an opportunity to spend some time in the home of her Grandfather Moses in Apple Ridge. Annie helps fill the time away by working at Zooks serving meals.

Aden feels a responsibility for the care of his brother Roman, the two forming a close bond. Aden while working on a generator at Zooks catches the eye of Annie. Annie is determined to break the silence with Aden despite the Old Order Mennonite and Old Order Amis
Jan Drexler
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
What a sweet book this was! I was captivated by the main characters of Annie and Aden. I've read quite a few Amish books, but I found the differences between the two Old Order Plain fascinating and different from any other Amish novel I've read.

I felt very emotionally drawn to Annie and Aden's story - actually feeling a little choked up at one point! I can't remember the last time that happened while I was reading a book. Their love for one another, and their love for their communities, are wag
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
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Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author who has written six novels, three novellas, and Plain Wisdom, a work of nonfiction coauthored with her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud. She’s been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life.

She is also a veteran homeschool
More about Cindy Woodsmall...
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