Book Review: The Christmas Remedy by Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall



The Christmas Remedy by rauthors Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall is a charming 198 page Amish Christmas book.  The Woodsmall authors do a wonderful job of mixing contemporary Amish and what they call Englisch (us) cultures in this story.  The sweet romance is a also a mystery.  So we have a contemporary Christian Amish romantic mystery.  What a great combination!

Their writing style is like opening the door into another place.  I gladly glide on in and stay, making many friends while I am there.  It was easy to become invested in this book.  I did within the first few pages.  It was difficult to put the book down until I had finished it.  I felt like a kid wanting to stay on vacation a few more days.  The characters were too likable to just leave.
This is the tale of Amish young woman Holly Zook.  She works in the town pharmacy.  After a medical issue her boss’ son, Brandon, comes home.  These two characters are well defined and true to life.  I met Brandon’s father, Lyle, the beloved pharmacist.  A helpful chicken farmer, Josh Smucker.  There were too many characters to name.  All distinct and likable or perhaps not.
This book taught me some things I did not know.  One of my three favorite things in a book.  Teach me something.  It also had a God glorifying message.  Check.  I wasn’t sure about that one, but good things come to those that wait.  The last is I want to feel like I am there.  I did.  Obviously these wordsmiths know what they are doing and do it quite well.
The Christmas Remedy was a tad predictable but that did not make it any less enjoyable.  There were issues touched that effect most all of us.  Family, forgiveness, loving others as ourself, helping, healthcare awareness, and envy are a few of those topics.
I truly enjoyed this Christmas book.  There were friendship, blossoming love, caroling, health fair, smores, family gatherings, and good Amish food.  It received 5 out of 5 stars from me, especially for the strong closing message.  This would be a great stocking stuffer for the reader on your list.  Buy one for yourself.  You will enjoy traveling to Amish country during the holidays while sipping cider in front of your fireplace.
I received a copy of this from Waterbrook and the authors.  All opinions are my own, honest ones.

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Read a Book Monday: As the Tide Comes In by Cindy & Erin Woodsmall

Have you ever read a book that is hauntingly beautiful?  It is emotional, unbelievable yet believable, and has a multitude of twists and turns in it.  These types of books are ones that keep you reading and provide food for thought.  As the Tide Comes In by authors Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall is a Christian novel unlike any I have read.  It is a contemporary Southern tale that softly took my hand to lead me into its story.  Within a few pages its grip tightened until I was unable to turn loose of this powerful book until I had finished it.  It held me tightly.  I experienced this book which is much better than merely reading it.
In this exceptionally well written, well thought, and well planned book, the characters are so artfully crafted that they come alive on the pages.  The same with the scenes.  It felt like I was watching a movie play out before my eyes.  Yes, this book would make a wonderful movie!  The sights and sounds were spot on.  The authors did not over elaborate or bore, but they gave just the right amount.  Perfect wording to pick a reader up from a chair and magically transport her (in my case) in to her pages.  Dialog between characters flowed smoothly which is crucial for me in books.  Not only did I make new friends, but I could put myself in the place of the book’s heroine, Tara.  I felt her entire gambit of emotions and at times I was in tears.  Only an expertly written book could make that happen.
Opening with an eighteen year old Tara, As the Tide Comes In tells her story.  She is contacted by her younger half-brothers’ grandmother, a favorite secondary character for me.  Things quickly move ahead twelve years in the future.  It is also the story of Firefighter Gavin and his four mothers.  Yes, I said four mothers.  There are twists and turns, heartbreaking moments, inspiration, encouragement, mystery, and intrigue.  No more details.  You really must read this fabulous book.
It would be a disservice to disclose much about this amazing book in a review.  It should be savored and relished on its own.  Trust me when I tell you the authors do a great job writing a story that captivates, teaches, and inspires.  It brings glory to God.  This is a tale of faith, hope, trust, love, forgiveness, struggle, and triumph.  Character, overcoming crisis, family, and loss are topics tackled with finesse.  There are so many life lessons in this 339 page book.
If you or your book club are looking for a great book, this is it.  You will want to discuss it with someone because of how stirring it is.  I highly recommend it and can only hope to see it on the big screen or television one day.  Five out of five stars are gladly given.  Don’t miss this experience.