Cindy Woodsmall is one of my most favorite Amish author's and I always love her short Christmas novellas. Once again she has won me over with The Dawn of Christmas. If you have read any of her previous Christmas stories you are sure to recognize a few of the characters in this book as well since all the Christmas stories take place in Apple Ridge.
The story begins the day before Sadie is to be married and she finds her soon-to-be husband in the barn with her cousin Aquilla. Sadie is devastated and to make matters worse no one seems to believe what she saw and Daniel and Aquilla are denying everything. Sadie knows that she cannot marry a man that she can never trust and her father is the only one who stands by her side in her decision.
Levi lives with his brother Andy and is helping him raise his son. Andy's wife ran out on him and it seems that Levi was left with a poor impression of woman. He has no intention of ever marrying and is content with his life of training horses. If only his family would stop pestering him to find a wife.
Levi gets thrown from his horse and Sadie finds him and stays with him until help arrives. A friendship blossoms and soon they decide to "pretend" to court so their families will stop pressuring them. Soon their feelings grow deeper even though they both are fighting it, but then everything comes crashing down and it seems that both of them feel that their feelings about the opposite gender were correct all along.
This is a great story for a cold day. Grab a cup of tea or coffee, a warm cozy blanket and curl up and read!
***This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my review.