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Cindy Woodsmall


Cindy Woodsmall

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA bestselling author who has written 15 (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's "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.

She 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 10, 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.

Books by Cindy Woodsmall

by Cindy Woodsmall, Mindy Starns Clark, Emily Clark, Amanda Flower, and Katie Ganshert - Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Holiday

One night, four lives entered the world by the hands of an Amish midwife, just outside North Star, Pennsylvania. Rebekah’s Babies, as they are called, are now grown adults, and in four heartwarming novellas, each young person experiences a journey of discovery, a possibility of love, and the wonder of Christmas.

by Cindy Woodsmall - Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Romance

At 19 years old, Old Order Amish Jolene Keim was on the brink of happily-ever-after when everything changed, stealing the future she expected and burdening her with an unbearable decision. Years later, she meets Andy Fisher, who challenges her and holds up a mirror to issues Jolene has been unwilling to face. As Andy and Jolene find themselves confronted by difficult choices, will they trust in God's guidance --- or will the allure of their deepening friendship only lead to further temptation?

by Cindy Woodsmall - Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Holiday, Romance

When Sadie discovers Levi in a deserted field, he’s been badly injured. As these two Old Order Amish become friends, each finds in the other an ally against their respective families’ desires to see them find a spouse. But as the summer months fade into autumn and snow begins to fall, what happens when they start to truly care?

by Cindy Woodsmall - Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Romance

Working hard to develop a new Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is fully committed to rehabilitating an orchard with business partner Samuel King. But an impulsive decision has created an unexpected strain in her relationship with her beau, Samuel’s brother, Jacob, threatening plans for the orchard. As Rhoda uses her gift to unpack an old secret with her Englisch neighbors, it is not her beau but an unlikely ally who cheers her on.

by Cindy Woodsmall - Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Romance

The tornado that devastated Kings’ Orchard pushed Rhoda, Samuel and Jacob to make a new start in Maine. Are they strong enough to withstand the challenges of establishing an Amish community --- and brave enough to face the secrets that move with them? Those questions and more will be answered in book two of Cindy Woodsmall's Amish Vines and Orchards series.

by Cindy Woodsmall - Christian, Christian Fiction, Holiday, Romance

Experience the holidays with the Plain folk of Apple Ridge, Pennsylvania, in these touching novellas centered around love, romance, heartache, and restoration from best-selling author Cindy Woodsmall. This three-in-one collection includes "The Sound of Sleigh Bells", "The Christmas Singing", and the new story "The Dawn of Christmas."

by Cindy Woodsmall - Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Romance

Old Order Amish Samuel King needs to keep the family apple orchard profitable, while 30 miles away, Rhoda Byler’s father must take back her two-acre grove. Samuel believes he has an answer to both of their business needs, but removes his offer when he learns that Rhoda may practice magic. When a tornado destroys his orchard, Samuel joins a group of Amish who will establish a new settlement in Unity, Maine. Unaware of Samuel's plans, Rhoda has joined a different group of Amish heading for that same destination.

by Cindy Woodsmall - Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Romance

Annie Martin loves the Plain ways of her Old Order Mennonite people. Retreating from a contentious relationship with her mother, Annie goes to live with her Daadi Moses in Apple Ridge. But as Annie spends time with the handsome Aden Zook, she wishes she could forget how deeply the lines between the Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonite are drawn.

by Cindy Woodsmall - Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Holiday, Romance

Mattie thought her childhood sweetheart adored her until he abruptly ended their engagement on Christmas Eve. Three years later, will learning the truth behind his rejection restore her Christmas joy --- or open the door to even deeper heartbreak?

by Cindy Woodsmall - Christian, Fiction

Although she would like to put her experiences as a nurse behind her, Rosemary Saxon must support herself. She takes a position with Dr. Elijah Stewart and a mutual attraction begins to develop. But when a sophisticated woman arrives in town claiming to be Elijah's fiancée, a heartbroken Rosemary decides to leave Noble Springs and start fresh. Can Elijah convince her of the mystery woman's deception before he loses her forever?