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The Scent of Cherry Blossoms

(Apple Ridge #4)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  1,284 ratings  ·  187 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
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by WaterBrook Press
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Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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
Evangeline Han
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 07, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Lynne Young
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nancy Reynolds
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Jamie Bradway
May 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-harder
Whew! Made it! Read for the Read Harder challenge. My first romance!

Was it crazy that I expected more character development?
Megan Rang
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sweet love story. The beginning was a little slow.
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good book. But I personally don't think that God wants us to set up religious rules that limit who we can fall in love with. ...more
Allizabeth Collins
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
'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
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 unders
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
Excellent! This has to be one of my all-time favorites. I'm a fan of Cindy Woodsmall's writing! ...more
Alexis Neal
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Annie & her mother don't get along well. In the midst of an argument, her mother tells her to move out & go live with her Daadi---Grandfather Moses. While there, Annie works in a diner to help a Plain family. Working alongside Zook, the two begi'sin meeting after work in Daadi's cherry orchard.
Annie & Aden have bee raised with different religious beliefs. One is Old Order Amish, the other is Old Order Mennonite. The two are forbidden to date because of their religious differences.
When Daadi fin
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crushin
4.6. :)

Oh wow, that was sweet, and an ending that my spirit delighted in. This book was my first Amish fiction that I've completed...ha! I know there's good Amish fiction out there, but like any genre, I think it's about finding your authors you like. Cindy Woodsmall definitely is on my list to follow now. What I liked was that it was light, but not fluffy. Complex, but not not too much. I liked that the author presented old order in a way that, as a Christian who doesn't put stock into man-mad
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novella is listed as book 4 in the Apple Ridge series, and is a little bit different. Annie Martin is a member of the Old Order Mennonites, but she is more faithful to the old ways than the rest of her family. After her father left the family, her mother and siblings have struggled, and the old ways have suffered as a result, putting Annie at odds with her family. One evening, an argument with her mother results in her being sent to her Grandfather Moses' house in Apple Ridge. Annie and her ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth novel in Woodsmall's Apple Ridge series, and this one as you might guess is set in the spring rather than at Christmas. In the timing of the series, these events actually take place between The Christmas Singing and the Dawn of Christmas, the second and the third books, but I guess that since this is a full novel and not a novella, it is called number 4 rather than 3.5. Anyhow, like the three preceding books of the series, this Amish romance novel is well written and has good ...more
Judy A. Ptacek
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Not her best book

I love a good Amish novel and I’ve enjoyed a few of Cindy’s books but this isn’t her best work. Most of the book left me feeling angry, upset, disappointed....not how I want to feel when being transported to another world. Many of her books are often filled with angst but this one was particularly disheartening. My suggestion is to skip it.
Carol Greenwood
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was an engaging read.

The heart develops loyalty even in the face of hardships. Annie didn't mean to fall in love with an Amish man, but she did. Aiden didn't know that he loved Annie, but she is what his heart longs for constantly. Such a sweet love story told with such sensitive care.
Penny Stone
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heartfelt Romance

The Scent of Cherry Blossoms is a beautiful love story between two people who shouldn't be together in the eyes of their church communities. But love prevails. I enjoyed this tender romance.
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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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