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The Sound of Sleigh Bells: A Romance from the Heart of Amish Country (Apple Ridge #1)

4.23  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,125 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews
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 fiance. When she discovers a large, intricately carved scene ...more
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Published October 6th 2009 by Books on Tape (first published January 1st 2009)
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A wonderful Amish theme, love story. The Sound of Sleigh Bells is a quick, enjoyable read. Very nice to read a romantic love story that doesn't need the usual sex scene that most romantic stories have. I really am enjoying these Amish theme books too. So interesting to get a look into the Amish culture, customs, and lifestyle.
Oct 12, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read an Amish fiction novel, I am surely more and more pulled into it becoming one of my favorite genres. I have yet to find a piece of work that I have not thoroughly enjoyed. It is often surprising to me as I am a lover of mystery, suspense and quite frankly...horror. I once thought that Amish fiction and Christian fiction for that matter, could not possibly hold my attention. Boy was I happily wrong!

Cindy Woodsmall weaves a story that reads so quickly that I had to force myself
A friend of mine, he who shall not be named, got me this book for Christmas. He knows my love of all things Amish, especially clothing, so he clearly could not resist this book when he was shopping for his usual monthly romance read. After flying through this book in one night, I can now say that I am more aware of the Amish lifestyle than I ever was before. I cannot wait for the day I get picked up and whisked away in a sleigh. Oh to hear the sound of sleigh bells!
Nora St Laurent
Jul 09, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amish customs are fascinating. There is a time for every season. Their customs allow for a structured time of grieving. For example the person in mourning is to wear black for the grieving period of time. This signals everyone to be respectful of that persons feelings and time of sadness.

Beth Hertzler is a young energetic, hard working woman who should have been done with the grieving process months ago but she can’t seem to get on with life emotionally. Life has hit her with a blow, too great t
Oct 14, 2010 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This is the first Amish book that I've read, as well as the first book I've read by this author. It's not really my "style," but I did enjoy it. It was a nice change of pace coming from the types of stories I'm used to reading. All in all, this book was very sweet. It was short enough to be read in a day, also part of the reason I did like it because I'm used to reading books around the 400 page marker where this one had just short of 200. I loved how she described the way the characters interac ...more
Dec 24, 2014 Martha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two weeks off from work, and I'm determined to find my way back to a regular habit of reading. Unfortunately, the last few reads I've attempted have either been ho hum at best. Several attempts haven't even lasted long enough for me to update my Goodreads list of "currently reading" before I give up and take the book back to the library.

So yesterday, when I spotted this title on the shelf of Holiday reads at the library I thought I'd give it a try. If I can't make it through a book of less than
Ane Mulligan
Feb 16, 2014 Ane Mulligan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Christmas novellas, and New York Times Bestselling author Cindy Woodsmall has written a captivating one. Well known for her exquisite, complex characterization, Woodsmall brings us three more vivid portrayals in The Sound of Sleigh Bells.

Beth Hertzler will own your heart from the moment you meet her. The hero in this story, Jonah, is all that a hero should be. But it was Beth's Aunt Lizzy who is concentric in the tale. Delightful and somewhat nonsensical, Aunt Lizzy acts on an impulse th
Roxanne Rustand
Nov 21, 2010 Roxanne Rustand rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book--by an absolutely wonderful author. I love her books! Just the title alone totally captured me, and the book lived up to every promise made by the charming title!
Cynthia Fitts
a sweet amish story that i read from cover to cover in one day. i really enjoyed this book. i am glad i found a new author that i liked so much.
Jan 23, 2014 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
Beth Hertzler is an Amish woman who cannot move past the grief due to the death of her fiancé. When she discovers a beautiful carving, she begins to feel a glimmer of joy again. Can the artist find a way to help her move past her grief and find love again? Beth also has a unexpected dark secret, that causes her to shut everyone out. She is not sure she will ever move forward. This is a wonderful story of love and forgiveness; and the story of an Amish woman, and the grief and pain she experience ...more
Becky R.
Beth Hertzler carries an emotional wound that has left her unwilling to open her heart to love again after her fiance passed away. The problem is, that no one quite knows why she has drug out her mourning for him so long. Into her life enters a young artist, who was also wounded years ago in a sleigh accident. Intrigued by his carving, Beth buys a piece of his art and unknowingly (which will be revealed in the story), starts a pen pal friendship with the artist. Once she realizes who it is she i ...more
Dec 30, 2009 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved reading this book. Maybe it's because it's about the Amish (I really love the Amish!), maybe it's the season of winter (winter=holidays=something else I love!), or maybe it's the simple fact of Cindy Woodsmall's beautiful talent of writing a story that I didn't want to end, that I loved this book so much!

It's a story of hurt, guilt, faith, love and friendship between two Amish members. The plot of this story is simply life like and warm.

I'm not going to make my review of this bo
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
My synopsis: Lizzy had been worried about Beth, her niece, for awhile. The mourning period for her fiance, Henry, should have ended almost a year before - but Beth still wore the traditional black, visited his grave regularly, and didn't allow herself any time to feel joy.

When Beth finally goes on a much-delayed buying trip, she wanders into Pete's Antiques, a store that wasn't on her agenda. She finds an Amish carving of children playing in the snow. Something about the carving touches deep ins
Jen C (ReadinginWBL)
Common themes in Amish fiction are family and faith. The interesting thing about "The Sound of Sleigh Bells" is that the two main characters are older single Amish women who run a store together. The older of the women, Aunt Lizzy wants to see her neice Beth to find love after being in mouring for an extended period of time. Aunt Lizzy goes about matching Beth to an Amish artisan whose work Beth admires. Though Aunt Lizzy's intentions were good, she goes about her matchmaking in a deceitful mann ...more
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 ...more
Yes! It's that time of year!

It's time for CHRISTMAS NOVELS!!!!! (And music!!!)

So, I'm starting with

The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall

I did something a little different and got the audio recording of this book. I drive a fair amount and wanted to listen to books while driving. But also, I wanted a book to listen to while doing chores.

You see, I have 3 fish tanks and an terrarium. :) I have one tropical community tank with platys, ghost catfish, upside-down catfish, cory cats, guppies, b
Feb 13, 2010 Krista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hearing the sound of sleigh bells gives Beth wonderful feelings. However Jonah feels the opposite. These two Amish young people come from different Amish districts but it becomes a matter of fate that they meet.
Beth is a single Amish girl with a secret~ about her dead fiance. Will she ever be free of the terrible secret? Lizzy, Beth's Aunt, thinks Jonah may be the answer to Beth's mourning of her fiance. Lizzy is worried about her and wants to see her happily married, unlike herself who has rema
Oct 15, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beth Hertzler is unable to let go of a past tragedy, but when she discovers a large, intricately carved scene of Amish children playing in the snow, something deep inside Beth’s soul responds. Determined that her niece meet the gifted artist, her aunt tracks him down, but it’s not that simple – will Jonah be able to offer Beth the sleigh ride she’s always dreamed of and a second chance at real love?

My Review:

Let me be honest and put it out there that I am not a Christmas fan. Maybe it's because
Oct 28, 2009 Wrighty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 f ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Marcy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-reviewed
The Sound of Sleigh Bells is about trusting God after suffering a drastic loss, for Beth this was the loss of her fiance to death, for Jonah it is the loss of 2 fingers and full use of his leg in a sleigh accident. When they both finally meet it is the loss of trust and believing in themselves. Beth is a no nonsense business woman who sells Amish crafts in her dry goods store. She also finds other Amish and English stores to buy and sell her Amish clients goods. While on a buying trip she steps ...more
J.C. Morrows
I'm going to try really hard not to ruin anything here and I'll say this, I'm not sure I am a good enough writer to really do it justice but I'm going to give it my best shot.

If you are someone who has ever had a rough relationship, this is something you NEED to read. If you've ever dealt with loss, this is something you NEED to read! And if you enjoy a good book with wonderful characters and a fantastic story, you will want to read this book.

It's truly a GREAT read!

Cindy has a talent for reach
I won this through the firstreads program and I'm so happy I did. It was a wonderful book that I would highly recommend to my Christian friends.

After the Amish faith's required six months of mourning following the death of her fiancee, Beth chooses to continue her mourning wearing only black and finding no joy in life. Beth is almost living a life of recluse, refusing to associate with any other young people, or to talk about the pain she has faced. As the story progresses, we learn of Beth's se
Rachel Brand
I read this after The Christmas Singing, which actually follows on from this book, but would have to say I prefer this one. It took me a while to get into it, maybe because I started listening to it when I was busy finishing off coursework at the end of the semester and wasn't able to concentrate and appreciate it properly. But by the end of the book I was really enjoying it and had really come to sympathise with Beth. The secret behind her mourning Henry definitely changed my perception of this ...more
Aug 09, 2011 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amish fans
Recommended to Margaret by: Staci Carmichael
The sound of sleigh bells is something that brings great joy into the life of Beth Hertzler, yet the same sound brings pain to Jonah Kinsinger. This is a great Christmas or anytime read of growth, strength, forgiveness, moving forward, and romance with true love. Straight from the beginning even with the mystery of what really holds Beth back from looking for love brings a reader in to care for her with a slight of intrigue. Each chapter causes one to wish for her to open up to love. In a differ ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall is a moving novel of forgiving yourself placed within the Amish community. Beth Hertzler has devoted her life to working in her aunt Lizzy's shop as well as helping trade between the Amish and Englischers after the death of her fiance. The black mourning clothing she wears reflects the state of her heart. When she finds a carving by Jonah Kinsinger it touches her heart, awakening something long dead. Lizzy sees the connection and sets a plan in motion ...more
Nov 20, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a pleasant surprise. I signed up to read it on Goodreads' Firstreads giveaway because the plot sounded interesting. It is.

The Sound of Sleigh Bells is about an Amish woman and Amish man, both of which have suffered loss. They both have scars that need healing, and each is the key to the other's healing. There are dark - by Amish standards, I must add - secrets and sad stories. But, the story as a whole is about grace, redemption, and love.

As a Christian, I really loved the parts
Nov 28, 2009 rjp316 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very easy short read – story about two single older Amish women. Beth is grieve the lost of her fiancée and can’t seem to move forward in life when her Aunt, Lizzy, tries to manipulate her into a circumstance where she might get over her grief. The main themes were self-forgiveness and taking a chance. I liked the fact that the writer showed that there is always two different viewpoints for every situation – for one the sound of sleigh bells brings joy and for another grief and also that differe ...more
This was a very sweet story. I liked the parallels that were drawn between having physical injuries from an accident, and emotional injuries from a trauma, and how both situations deserved the appropriate treatments. I most often identify with the women protagonists in novels, but Jonah's perspective and kindness make him one of my favourite Amish book 'heroes'.
3.5 stars

Haunted by the tragic memories of love and loss, Beth Hertzler can’t seem to move on with her life and bury the past.

When her Aunt Lizzy tries to help and ends up meddling in her personal life, a strange turn of events cause Beth to face emotions and feelings she has desperately tried to forget. Intrigued by an intricate wood carving that she discovers in an antique shop, Beth feels herself mysteriously drawn to the carving and eventually to the artist who created it.

Jonah Kinsinger stirs her so
Jul 30, 2014 Kathie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: encourage hope, healing and self-forgiveness.
Recommended to Kathie by: Received free through Good Reads
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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
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