Last summer I got to know Cindy Woodsmall personally--her family and I met in the airport, and they were kind enough to give me a ride to the conference hotel. In the time we spent together, I came to know Cindy as delightful, warm, and family-centered.
Who an author is really makes a difference to me. I find it hard to read a book if I've met the author and he or she is self-centered, indulgent, etc. (By the way, I met Kitty Kelley last week--her latest unauthorized bio is called Oprah. The book is fascinating and she was so warm!)
Anyway, I'm happy to tell you about Cindy's latest book, a re-release called THE SOUND OF SLEIGH BELLS.
The Sound of Sleigh Bells
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 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?
2010 Inspirational Readers Choice Contest winner CBA and ECPA Bestseller
To read the first chapter and/or for purchasing info, go to http://www.cindywoodsmall.com/books/sound-of-sleigh-bells_excerpt.php
She is also a veteran homeschool mom who no longer holds that position. As her children progressed in age, her desire to write grew stronger. After working through reservations whether this desire was something she should pursue, she began her writing journey. Her husband was her staunchest supporter as she aimed for what seemed impossible.
To visit Cindy’s Web site, go to http://www.cindywoodsmall.com
For information on how to receive free bookmarks and autographed bookplates, go to http://www.cindywoodsmall.com/bookplates.php