Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Cindy Woodsmall & A Christmas Haven

Posted September 30, 2019 by meezcarrie in Amish, Author Interview, Christian, Cindy Woodsmall, contemporary, Erin Woodsmall, giveaway, romance / 14 Comments

It’s always a good day when I get to chat with the lovely Cindy Woodsmall & she’s here today to share about her new book, A Christmas Haven!

An Amish Christmas Romance
Inspirational Amish Romance

PUBLISHER: WaterBrook Press
RELEASE DATE: September 24, 2019
PAGES: 208

For fans of holiday romances and Amish life comes a new Christmas tale of surprising expectations and discovering miracles.

Old Order Amish Ivy Zook is wrestling with her need to shed her community’s ways so she can grow the business of her dreams: planning parties. As long as she’s stuck living without modernization, she can barely get her business on its feet. But if she leaves too soon, she’d cause trouble for her sister, Holly, who is planning her wedding to Joshua Smucker. All of their plans become twice as complicated when an old car crashes into the storefront of Greene’s Pharmacy, carrying a Swartzentruber (ultra-conservative sect) Amish man, Arlan, and his very ill sister.

The Zooks take in Arlan and Madga, tending to the woman’s illness and Arlan begins helping around the family farm. Ivy and Arlan are on different tracks, one wanting to leave her community and the other to return to his. But both young people are trying to discover what God has in store for their futures and what miracles might lie around the corner this Christmas season.

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do you have a favorite quote from A Christmas Haven?


“I’m yours. You’re mine. We’ll learn to navigate everything else. Okay?”

I would have written A Christmas Haven for the pure pleasure of this one heartfelt exchange between sisters. We first see them in The Christmas Remedy (WaterBrook imprint of Random House 2018).

Like many sisters, they are very different people, but their loyalty and love outweigh their differences.

Relationships are everything! Absolutely everything. From our relationship with God, our mom, dad, sibling(s), cousins, friends, boss, enemy, and with ourselves, our lives are molded by relationships. Our most sustaining and heartrending life events revolve around relationships. Whether specific relationships are wonderful or abusive, we can’t deny their importance or power. What we can do is learn how to appreciate the good relationships more deeply and how to survive and thrive despite the abusive ones (no easy feat!).

A Christmas Haven explores the strongest of bonds in two families from two different faiths and how those relationships strengthen and rip apart, depending on how healthy or unhealthy the relationship is. I love the personal, difficult journeys seen in this heartwarming Christmas novella!

A little bit more of the scene the one-line quote was taken from . . .

“Ivy…” Holly cleared her throat. “I…I know you’re planning to leave.”

Ivy’s breath caught, and she couldn’t make herself look at her sister. Breathe. She drew a slow breath, fidgeting with the pages of That Was Then, This Is Now. It seemed an appropriate book to have in hand at this moment. A tale of two best friends, each one following who he was, and in the end they took very different paths. Unfortunately it didn’t end well.

“I’m sorry,” Ivy whispered.

“You should be.”

Ivy looked at her sister, wanting to argue, but tears were threatening.

“You should be sorry that I had to figure out on my own what’s going on with you. Do I even have to say it? I’m your sister! I’m here for you. Do you hear me? We need to talk about your plans. We’re certain to argue, but for the record I will not let anything, including religion or your personal view of what’s right or wrong, come between us.”

“Ya?” Tears fell. Ivy set the books down and wiped her cheeks.

“Ya.” Holly grabbed Ivy by the shoulders. “I’m yours. You’re mine. We’ll learn to navigate everything else. Okay?”

In abundant hope,


Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author of twenty-five works of fiction and one nonfiction book. Coverage of Cindy’s writing has been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal. She lives in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains with her husband, just a short distance from two of her three sons and her six grandchildren. Visit her website or connect with Cindy on facebook or twitter!

Erin Woodsmall is a writer, musician, wife, and mom of four. She has edited, brainstormed, and researched books with Cindy for almost a decade. More recently she and Cindy have co-authored five books.

WaterBrook is offering a print copy of A Christmas Haven to one of my readers! (US only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What interests you most about Cindy Woodsmall’s post and/or A Christmas Haven?

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14 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Cindy Woodsmall & A Christmas Haven

  1. Jan Hall

    I love the dialog between the sisters. She is not willing to let anything come between them even if they argue.

  2. Kay Garrett

    Absolutely love the author’s favorite quote from the book. That is the way my hubby and I roll. 🙂

    Can’t wait for the opportunity to read this wonderful sounding book that’s on my TBR list.

    Love the cover!

  3. Anne L. Rightler

    Considering I’m a fan of books about holiday romances and Amish life esp those tales written by Cindy and Erin, I can’t wait to read this one.

  4. Anne

    The author’s quote is meaningful, timeless and beautiful. This novel would be a treasure. Thanks.

  5. Vivian Furbay

    I like Christmas stories and Cindy is a great author. I loved her Sisters of the Quilt and Vines and Orchard series.

  6. KAREN G.

    I love the Christmas stories and I really enjoyed reading The Christmas Remedy. Really looking forward to reading A Christmas Haven.

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