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?
I usually don't read novellas because I feel like the story is rushed and they don't have enough character development. Well, I am happy to say that neither is true with The Sound of Sleigh Bells, I loved the characters and the story never once felt rushed.
I could really relate with Beth and enjoyed seeing her work through her issues. Like Beth I've had to fight a lot of fears and seeing her finally break free of her fears really hit home with me. This is an enjoyable read that would be perfect to read during the busy holiday season since it is fairly short.
I highly recommend The Sound of Sleigh Bells and if your thinking, "I'll pass" because it's Amish fiction..don't! Give it a try and I think you will be pleasantly surprised....I know I was. And here's a really easy way to give it a try....just leave a comment and you will be entered to win The Sound of Sleigh Bells. :) Sorry but this is only open for US/Canada residents. I will pick a winner on Monday, October 19.