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 really enjoyed reading The Sound of Sleigh Bells. It was such an uplifting story about forgiveness and letting go of the past. We all have things in our past that we would like to forget and sometimes it's near impossible. The Sound of Sleigh Bells deals with one young woman's inability to forgive herself and live again after a tragedy. With the help, or should I say interferences of, her aunt Beth begins sharing letters with a man whom may just be able to show her how to feel happiness again.
It is such a sweet story with lovable characters. I love all things Amish so this book was right up my alley. If you would like to read a book about finding grace and falling in love then this is the book for you.
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