The Scent of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall is the first book of hers that I ever read. This story follows twins, one who is handicapped and the other who has a speech problem. Both come from an Amish family and work at the family diner. These two brothers rely on each other and are very close. One brother wants to date a Mennonite girl, which is against both religious groups. The other brother is physically handicapped and struggles with self worth. The story follows these two as they deal with their emotions and weigh the consequences of shunning, family shame, and the loss of a family business.
I really enjoyed this book. I found it very interesting reading about the Amish and Mennonites and learning some of the differences in their faiths. In the story, the Amish were able to have a restaurant with electricity because they had a Mennonite partner. It was interesting reading how the different groups are able to “get around” their rules.
I really like a quote by the one mom in the story when she is talking to her wheelchair bound son, “Right now, your biggest obstacle is that you focus only on what you don’t have rather than on what you do have.” This quote stood out to me as I read this book because I think this can be true of many people at one time or another whether we are physically handicapped or not.
The Scent of Cherry Blossoms takes you on a journey of love and acceptance. Get ready to journey through a field of cherry blossoms as love is strengthened and choices are made.