Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY: The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall

About 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 fiancĂ©. 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?

About Cindy Woodsmall:

Cindy 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.

My thoughts:

I LOVE Christmas fiction...I love it so much that I can read it any time of year. Couple my love of Christmas fiction with my love of Amish fiction, and I just couldn't let this book pass by. Although The Sound of Sleigh Bells is just a novella, the story is engaging throughout and I felt like the character development is exceptional. You'll feel the inner turmoil that both Beth and Jonah are going through as they each face their past, and the irritation when they are thrust together by the meddling Aunt Lizzy. Cindy Woodsmall has written such a charming Christmas tale that when you sit down to read it, get comfy, because you're not going to want to put it down until you've read the very last page.

Would you like a chance to win a copy of this book?

I have the privilege of giving away one copy of The Sound of Sleigh Bells, thanks to Waterbrook Press. If you'd like to win and you have a US postal code, please leave a comment that INCLUDES YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION (you at yoohoo dot com) by midnight Thursday (October 22nd, 2009).


Linda said...

I would love to win Sound of Sleigh Bells. Please enter me. Thank you.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

CeeCee said...

I understood poor Aunt Lizzy. I didn't agree with her tactics but she didn't mean any harm.

Didn't the Beth's secret shock you?

Anonymous said...

I am sooooooo grateful that you are having this contend. I only read Christian fiction and holiday fare from Thanksgiving till January as it makes the season more blessed.

Thank-you for having this contest. It is very kind of you.


Debra said...

I've heard so many wonderful things about this book! Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!


Cecelia Dowdy said...
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Cecelia Dowdy said...

I would like to be entered into the drawing! Sounds like my kind of fiction!
forgot to leave my email address on my last post so I deleted it! here's my addy:
cdnovelist (at) aol (dot) com

Carole said...

December is so busy for me that I've already started my Christmas reading and I'd love to include Cindy's book. Thank you for the chance to win a copy, Jenny.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Carrie Turansky said...

I have enjoyed Cindy's books, and this one looks really special. Thanks for telling us about it!
carrie (at) turansky (dot) com

JenniferB said...

I would love to win this book- thanks so much for the chance

ejxd95 at gmail dot com

Deborah said...

Thank you for the chance to win this book. Please enter me in the drawing.

Jenny said...

I appreciate all the comments ladies, and you're all entered into the drawing.

CeeCee - I totally agree with you and I did think Beth's secret was quite surprising.

Owen's Mom said...

Oh! Sounds like a great read. I would love to curl up with it and a cup of cocoa if I win.

andrea.kruse at gmail dot com