Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The English Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall

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The Englisch Daughter

it was amazing 5.00  ·  Rating details ·  3 ratings  ·  3 reviews
A marriage is tested in this Old Order Amish novel of longing for renewed love and a path for forgiveness from the best-selling author of Gathering the Threads .

Old Order Amish wife and mother Jemima has put her marriage and family ahead of herself for years. She's set herself aside. Raising four children, she's followed all the rules and has been patient in looking forward to her time to chase a dream of her own.

But when she finds out that her life savings for pursuing that dream is gone--and her husband, Roy, has been hiding a child with another woman--her entire world is shattered. Will she be able to listen to God and love Roy's child? With so much at stake, how can she and Roy fix their relationship before their lives come crashing down?


This book deserves 5 stars because I was really into this book!. Wow!
I felt like Cindy was truly telling my story with my husband just wow I'm totally floored!! I'm sure I had to pick my jaw up from the floor several times!! Just wow!
Guess I'm still in shock over thos awesome Amish story. I won't give any details except that it hit pretty close to home. Jemima is a woman to be admired. I felt she was me! You see, I don't believe in divorce but oh how hard it is!! Anger and sadness would have just eaten me alive if I had let it.
Forgiveness is a mighty hars thing to do and it certainly will make you look at a person so much differently. It has me.
Men are such complicated creatures!!
They are controlling they don't let you in on what they are doing and certainly not their business aspects. I know I have one of those. I married unequally or unyoked. I thought I could change him but so far no. I pray daily. Sometimes I wonder if God even hears? I feel like sometimes you know.
This author has done a very good job in telling about unusual details in an Amish story. She has added just enough detail to make you want to keep turning the pages in this book to see what happens to Jemima, Roy, Abigail and Chris.
The simple if the matter is we can't do things on our own. Sometimes we have to have Devine intervention. We will end up making messes of things if we don't ask for help. It can become a burden to do it on your own!
I know it's a proud thing to ask for help but sometimes we need help even if it's just from neighbours, close friends or even our parents. But most of all God. He can do so much if we only ask Him.
My thanks to Netgalley and Waterbrook publishers. No compensations were received and all opinions are my own. 


Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written nineteen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy's been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as one of the top three Amish fiction writers.

Cindy WoodsmallShe is also a veteran homeschool mom who no longer holds that position. As her children progressed in age, her desire to write grew stronger. After working through reservations whether this desire was something she should pursue, she began her writing journey. Her husband was her staunchest supporter as she aimed for what seemed impossible.

She’s won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer’s Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings' Best Books of the Year. She’s been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.

Her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity. Though she didn’t realize it at the time, seeds were sown years ago that began preparing Cindy to write these books. At the age of ten, while living in the dairy country of Maryland, she became best friends with Luann, a Plain Mennonite girl. Luann, like all the females in her family, wore the prayer Kapp and cape dresses. Her parents didn’t allow television or radios, and many other modern conveniences were frowned upon. During the numerous times Luann came to Cindy’s house to spend the night, her rules came with her and the two were careful to obey them—afraid that if they didn’t, the adults would end their friendship. Although the rules were much easier to keep when they spent the night at Luann’s because her family didn’t own any of the forbidden items, both sets of parents were uncomfortable with the relationship and a small infraction of any kind would have been enough reason for the parents to end the relationship. While navigating around the adults’ disapproval and the obstacles in each other’s lifestyle, the two girls bonded in true friendship that lasted into their teen years, until Cindy’s family moved to another region of the US.

As an adult, Cindy became friends with a wonderful Old Order Amish family who opened their home to her. Although the two women, Miriam and Cindy, live seven hundred miles apart geographically, and a century apart by customs, when they come together they never lack for commonality, laughter, and dreams of what only God can accomplish through His children. Over the years Cindy has continued to make wonderful friendships with those inside the Amish and Mennonite communities—from the most conservative ones to the most liberal.

Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now empty nest.

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