The Dawn of Christmas by Cindy Woodsmall is about the loss of the dream that Sadie had at the age of 19 to have the life of being a wife and mother just like the other women in her Amish culture. On the day before her greatly anticipated wedding day she caught her fiancé, Daniel, in the arms of her cousin. She answers the call of the Lord to go to a missionary tour for 2 years in Peru. She finds and learns to love the native people in the area but needs to return home to raise the money to return. Upon her arrival home she finds that her parents have not changed much and still are planning her return to the family and start planning for her to start a family of her own. Sadie finds herself drawn to Levi as a friend only and Levi accepts her as a friend only also. It seems like the perfect solution for both of them to get their respective families off their back—pretend to be lovers and their family will leave them alone. Sadie can be busy raising money for her return to Peru and Levi can work on growing his business then they can stage a fight and “breakup”. That works for a while, until they start to fall in love with each other. The two best friends start to accept that they may have a relationship worth saving until that is Levi starts to talk to his business partner, Daniel, and finds out that he is the jilted Daniel of Sadie.
I, just like all the rest of Ms Woodsmall’s books, loved this one. It is written on the premise that if we would all just take the time to become friends first and lovers second we would find our self married to our best friend. Would not that plan be the one that we all wish for our children as well as for our self? Are there pitfalls in this plan? Would the passion still be there? Would we find it like being married to our brother or would the relationship change to one of passion? How important is passion anyway? Doesn’t it always just go away after awhile? These are all questions that all couples find themselves answering before marriage whether marrying a best friend or experiencing love at first sight. Once again Ms Woodsmall looks at the life of the Amish and we find at that the more we discover the differences the more we see that we are more alike than different.
I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Press for this review.