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Cindy Woodsmall honored with Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Inspirational Fiction

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 8, 2017)Romantic Times Book Reviews has honored author Cindy Woodsmall with the 2016 Career Achievement for Inspirational Fiction. The Awards Ceremony took place on Friday, May 5 at the 2017 RT Booklovers Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Woodsmall’s most recent novel, Fraying at the Edge, was also a nominee for the Reviewer’s Choice Inspirational Novel of 2016.

View a full list of awards and nominees for the Romantic Times Awards here. The career achievement award honors authors in each genre as a celebration of an entire body of work.

Readers and critics alike praise Woodsmall for how her thoughtful writing honors the Amish community while engaging with deep issues. She is considered one of the nation’s most beloved Amish fiction voices, and was named a top Amish fiction writer by the Wall Street Journal in 2013.

Collectively, Woodsmall has over 2 million copies of her work now in print. Woodsmall has published 18 works of Amish fiction, including seven seasonal novellas. In 2011, she coauthored a work of nonfiction,Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women, with her close Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud. Her previous New York Times best-selling titles include The Winnowing Season, The Harvest of Grace, When the Soul Mends, The Hope of Refuge,and The Bridge of Peace.

“I am thrilled that Cindy Woodsmall’s writing continues to connect with readers,” said WaterBrook Senior Editor Shannon Marchese. “Cindy is a joy to work with, and I count her as a friend as well as a colleague. Our partnership over the years has ministered to me personally as well as to so many of Cindy’s readers.”

WaterBrook will publish the final book in Woodsmall’s CBA best-selling Amish of Summer Grove series, Gathering the Threads, on August 15.

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