The Scent Of Cherry Blossoms Review

I recently read "The Scent of Cherry Blossoms" by Cindy Woodsmall. This book is about a Mennonite girl, Anna, who is kicked out of her house and goes to live with her grandfather. She is reunited with her childhood friend, Aden, and through secret meetings they discover they have feelings for each other. However, because Anna is Mennonite and Aden is Amish, one of them will be shunned by their family and church if they continue to see each other.

I enjoyed this book. It was just a light romance story with a happy ending, and Cindy Woodsmall writes alot of books like that. One thing I enjoyed as I read was that Woodsmall included characters from her other book, "The Christmas Singing". I really enjoy when authors tie in separate stories this way.

At one point Anna's grandfather makes a comment that makes it sound as though being together could lead Anna and Aden to, in essence, lose their salvation. In the end though, Anna decides that the Lord would forgive her or Aden for leaving their church to be together. I wish Woodsmall would have included more of the gospel in this - Anna could have realized that she and Aden believe the same way about Jesus, even though they belonged to different churches. But I understand that's not necessarily how the Mennonite's and Amish would look at the situation. I like a stronger Christian message in my Christian fiction, but I also don't know the perspective that Woodsmall is coming from.

If you aren't expecting anything too deep this is a sweet book though, and I'd recommend it to someone looking for a quick read.

Note: I received this book for free from Multonomah Publishing Group in exchange for this review, as part of their Blogging For Books program.

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Felicia said...

Mennonites are pretty firm believers that their salvation is tied into their church. They consider their faith to be better than other Christians' faith (Mennonite as compared to Anglican or non-denominational, for example). Seems like that's what this author was trying to point out.

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