The Sound of Sleigh Bells is a perfect book to curl up with as winter and the holiday season approach. As in her earlier Sisters of the Quilt series, Ms. Woodsmall has portrayed her characters and their personal struggles and emotions with honesty. Both Beth and Jonah are engaging people the reader will come to care for. Beth’s old maid aunt Lizzy is a true gem with a surprise or two of her own.

Due to past circumstances, Beth and Jonah remained unmarried and  reached an age that  made them victims of constant matchmaking in their families and communities. Their first brief encounter resulted in an instant attraction; however Beth’s vow to avoid another relationship with a man caused her to bury her feelings.

Will Beth ever overcome the secrets that control her life? Will Jonah be able to take the final step toward total emotional healing from a devastating accident? Only with the love of their families,  God’s help and by giving each other a chance.  The Sound of Sleigh Bells is a warm and tender story with a theme of forgiveness and restoration that will open your heart in preparation of the coming holiday season.

My thanks to Elizabeth Johnson, Publicist with Multnomah Books, a division of Random House for my review copy of The Sound of Sleigh Bells. She has also generously provided a giveaway copy for one of my readers. Be sure to check the separate post to find out how to enter to win.


SleighBellsBeth 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 find homes for his work–including Lizzy’s dry goods store. But she doesn’t know if her bishop will approve of the gorgeous carving or deem it idolatry.

Lizzy sees the changes in her niece when Beth shows her the woodworking, and after Lizzy hunts down Jonah, the artist, she is all the more determined that Beth meets this man with the hands that create healing art. But it’s not that simple–will Lizzy’s elaborate plan to reintroduce her niece to love work? Will Jonah be able to offer Beth the sleigh ride she’s always dreamed of and a second chance at real love–or just more heartbreak?


cindywoodsmall.jpgCindy Woodsmall is the author of When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and The New York Times Best-Seller When the Soul Mends. Her ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters comes from her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families. A mother of three sons and two daughters-in-law, Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty-one years.

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