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Posted April 29, 2015
Cindy’s Story, (An Amish Fairly Tale Novelette 1), By: J.E.B. Spredemann
An Amish fairy tale. A sweet yet heartbreaking story rolled into one. A very quick read. What a wonderful read for someone with a teen. 5 stars
Posted April 24, 2015
Posted April 18, 2015
This book is loosely based on the Cinderella story. It involves an Amish girl who lives in her stepmother’s barn loft and is rescued by her prince charming. Although it is based on a fairytale type story, I found the writing and story line to be much more simplistic than what is typical of this author. I think it is best suited for the much younger preteen girl. All in all a cute story, but I would like to have seen better development of the characters and more believable details in the story.
Because I know the high quality books usually put out by this author, the fact that I did not think this particular book was her best writing would not discourage me from reading other books written by her. Her boldness to share scripture in her stories is something I strongly admire.
Posted March 31, 2015
Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite
Cindy's Story by J.E.B. Spredemann is an Amish spin on the classic fairytale Cinderella, but with a unique twist. Ms. Spredemann weaves in a faith based message that really provides a spiritual boost to the fairytale theme! Seventeen-year-old Ella Zook, also known as Cindy, hasn't had an easy life. After the death of her mother at an early age, her father remarries a woman with two children and then he also dies. After that, she basically became a slave to her family, even being threatened that she should never make contact with anyone otherwise they would put her out on the streets. Her only comfort is going into the woods, but when a young Amish man named Nathaniel shows up and befriends her, it seems that God hasn't forgotten her after all. But Nathaniel has something from his past that could change the way Cindy feels about him.
I am a huge fan of Amish fiction and I don't think I have ever read a book quite like Cindy's Story by J.E.B. Spredemann. While written in the style of Cinderella, there honestly is so much more substance to this story than the classic fairy tale. Ella (Cindy) was such an amazing character. Even though her life was filled with nothing but hardship, she kept an upbeat, positive attitude. Great character development allowed her character to blossom and her faith to grow as the story progressed. The friendship that developed with Nathaniel certainly had a fairy tale quality, but there was also a deeper message of forgiveness that resonated as well. I loved the spiritual messages woven into the story; instead of feeling overblown or preachy they fitted perfectly and seemed very realistic. A quick easy read that's perfect for anyone who enjoys Amish fiction, but honestly anyone looking for a fast paced romantic read that packs a inspirational punch will enjoy it as well!
Posted July 11, 2014