Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times, CBA, ECPA,
and USA Today best-selling author who has written twenty-two (and
counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. Cindy has been
featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street
Journal,and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary
concerning Amish life. Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as the one of
the top three most popular authors of Amish fiction.
won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer's Choice Awards, Inspirational
Reader's Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings' Best Books of the
Year. She's been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol
Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice
Her real-life connections with Amish
Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with
authenticity. Though she didn't realize it at the time, seeds were sown
years ago that began preparing Cindy to write these books. At the age of
ten, while living in the dairy country of Maryland, she became best
friends with Luann, a Plain Mennonite girl. Luann, like all the females
in her family, wore the prayer Kapp and cape dresses. Her parents didn't
allow television or radios, and many other modern conveniences were
frowned upon. During the numerous times Luann came to Cindy's house to
spend the night, her rules came with her and the two were careful to
obey them--afraid that if they didn't, the adults would end their
friendship. Although the rules were much easier to keep when they spent
the night at Luann's because her family didn't own any of the forbidden
items, both sets of parents were uncomfortable with the relationship and
a small infraction of any kind would have been enough reason for the
parents to end the relationship. While navigating around the adults'
disapproval and the obstacles in each other's lifestyle, the two girls
bonded in true friendship that lasted into their teen years, until
Cindy's family moved to another region of the US.
an adult, Cindy became friends with a wonderful Old Order Amish family
who opened their home to her. Although the two women, Miriam and Cindy,
live seven hundred miles apart geographically, and a century apart by
customs, when they come together they never lack for commonality,
laughter, and dreams of what only God can accomplish through His
children. Over the years Cindy has continued to make wonderful
friendships with those inside the Amish and Mennonite communities--from
the most conservative ones to the most liberal.
Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now empty nest.
you'd like more information or to contact her, you can go to her
website: http://www.cindywoodsmall.com or Facebook
I usually do not like to read fantasy, but this one was an exception!
The pain of loss, the ache of not having a live baby, and Eliza decides
to change the past, and thus affecting the future. The saying "be
careful what you wish for" she shows itself here.
Yes, we all
have things that if we could go back in time, we would do differently or
change, but we never think that the changes we make in our lives has
ramifications on others.
This is an Amish story that is so very
different, and we journey with Eliza and Jesse, but there are other
couples involved here, and decisions change their lives too.
quickly became a page turner for me, I had to know how things were
going to turn out! Now I wish I could continue on in the lives of these
folks that I now care about!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Tyndale House, and was not required to give a positive review.
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