The Sound of Sleigh Bells

  • by Cindy Woodsmall
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 fiance. 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?


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Sweet, enjoyable story

I read this after "The Christmas Singing", which actually follows on from this book, but would have to say I prefer this one. It took me a while to get into it, maybe because I started listening to it when I was busy finishing off coursework at the end of the semester and wasn't able to concentrate and appreciate it properly. But by the end of the book I was really enjoying it and had really come to sympathise with Beth. The secret behind her mourning Henry definitely changed my perception of this book, which had previously seemed to be about a girl who had had one failed relationship and didn't want to be hurt again, and turned it into a much deeper, more meaningful story. I'm also impressed with Cindy for tackling such a tough subject amongst the Amish and making readers realise that such things can happen in any community. I also liked the concept of Lizzie, Beth's aunt, setting up Beth and Jonah without them realising it via letters. It was sweet, and it's not often that letters feature in such a way in Amish novels. It made a nice change. Overall, I really did enjoy this story and I'm looking forward to reading "When the Heart Cries" (which has been on my shelf for far too long!) sometime in 2012.
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- Rachel Brand

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-10-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio