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?
Cindy Woodsmall is a best-selling author who has garnered strong praise for the three novels in the Sisters of the Quilt Series, which explore the Amish way of life. When the Heart Cries was a finalist for the ECPA Novel of the Year in 2007 and When the Morning Comes was named among the Best Books of 2007 for Crossings Book Club and nominated for a 2008 Rita Award for Best Inspirational Romance. When the Soul Mends debuted at #13 on The New York Times trade fiction list in October 2008 and remained on the list for four weeks. Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty-one years and the youngest of their three sons.