It’s cold, cloudy and snowing… what better way to spend a few hours than cuddled up reading a great little Christmas story? I recommend The Dawn of Christmas by Cindy Woodsmall as a great shorter-story (not short or a novella, but not a long novel either) to warm your heart up for Christmas!
Sadie, a young Amish woman, has been hurt by a finace in the past and has found healing and made a life for herself working hard and raising money to go on mission trips in Peru. Sadie loves her life, but is she just running? Levi is a young Amish man who lives with his brother to help raise his nephew after his sister-and-law up and left her family. This has proven to him that women are not to be trusted and he has decided that he wants to be a bachelor the rest of this life. God has another plan for these two. Levi and Sadie form a friendship after Sadie finds Levi after an accident that could have seriously injured him. They are both sick of their families attempts at matchmaking and decide to find some peace by pretending to be courting…
I love how Cindy Woodsmall has the ability to draw you in and make you love these characters like they are real people and friends. I love Sadie’s strong personality to stand up for herself and her beliefs in God, even when it is not necessarily “right” according to the Amish way. I love the strong friendship Sadie and Levi built! So many books, especially shorter books, just make two people fall head over heals in a totally unrealistic way. I loved finding out more about the secondary characters, Beth and Jonah, from their earlier Christmas novel too! But you don’t need to know their story to appreciate or follow this novel, it stands alone nicely. I loved the length of The Dawn of Christmas too. It was long enough to get into the story and have real character development, but it is still a shorter read that is perfect for Christmas and readers busy schedules this time of year!
I enjoyed The Dawn of Christmas by Cindy Woodsmall and would recommend it. The only thing I did not like as much about it was that it took until the end for the book to really “feel” like Christmas. I give The Dawn of Christmas 4 out of 5 stars.
I received this book free from Blogging for Books and WaterBrook Press in exchange for my honest review.