The Scent of Cherry Blossoms is a fictional story that captures the differences and hardships between Old Order Mennonite and Old Order Amish people. Annie Martin has grown up Old Order Mennonite and has a deep respect for the ways in which she was raised. After her family is torn apart, they start to lack the respect of the old ways they lived. After more complications at home, Annie is sent to stay with her Grandfather in Apple Ridge.
The Old Order Mennonite and Amish have respect for each other, but no one is allowed to be romantically involved with someone from the opposite belief system. The punishment would be harsh and either person could be shunned and kicked out of the church. When a person from the family is shunned, it makes the entire family look bad, not just that one person. It ruins many of the families relationships and often times splits families apart.
After Annie moves back to where she grew up she starts working at her Old Order Amish friend’s restaurant called Zook’s Diner. Annie starts to work with an old friend , Aden Zook, who is Amish and feelings start to grow as the two work together. I don't want to give the rest of the story away but it is interesting to read how difficult the decision is in the end!
The reason I read this book is because I never knew that there were barriers between Old Order Amish and Mennonite.I enjoy reading about different points of view on life and this book taught me something new.
Also read the first chapter at this site!
"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."