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A look back… Amish Vines & Orchards book #3 by Cindy Woodsmall

A look back at…

For Every Season…

 

For Every Season pic

GoodReads says:

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.

Amidst mounting tension in matters of the heart and business, Rhoda finds that this fledging settlement feels like the home she has always longed for, and she begins to embrace the God-given, heightened intuition that has always felt like a burden to her. She longs for Jacob to fully be free of his past, so they can work towards the future together.

But as Rhoda uses her gift to unpack an old secret with her Englisch neighbors, it is not her beau but an unlikely ally that cheers her on. With the orchard on shaky ground and Jacob’s plans in question, Rhoda is determined to see things through to harvest. But can she trust her insight to direct her path in matters of the heart?

MY THOUGHTS:

There was so much more to this book than I expected; newcomers, problems, solutions… I am in awe at how Ms. Woodsmall holds my attention (it’s nearly impossible to put down once you begin reading it). Samuel is gaining much of the maturity he lacked in book one. Rhoda is learning how to accept, and use, her visions. I was thrilled to finally see Jacob make an UN-selfish decision for once!

This series (Amish Vines and Orchards) is one of the best I’ve read. If you enjoy Amish fiction, Christian fiction, inspirational, or just a great story, read the entire series, but don’t start just before bedtime, because you won’t want to stop!

To read my original review, please click HERE.

Read more about For Every Season at GoodReads HERE.

Read more about Cindy Woodsmall on herWEBSITE.

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A look back… Amish Vines & Orchards book #2 by Cindy Woodsmall

A look back at…

The Winnowing Season…

 

Book two - The Winnowing Season
GoodReads says:

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?

MY THOUGHTS:

I was delighted to find that The Winnowing Season was just as wonderful as A Season For Tending (book 1). The book jumps immediately into trouble coming from the church leaders! Would Rhoda even be allowed to move? Would she be shunned (or worse — excommunicated)?

One disappointment is Jacob. He continues to keep much of his past hidden from Rhoda. The mystery surrounding people from his past frustrates me! What exactly is going on with this woman and her daughter and just how is he connected to them? Does he really love Rhoda or not? Does Samuel?

To read my original review, please click HERE.

Read more about The Winnowing Season at GoodReads HERE.

Read more about Cindy Woodsmall on her WEBSITE.

A look back… Amish Vines & Orchards book #1 by Cindy Woodsmall

A look back at…

A Season For Tending…

 

A Season for Tending
GoodReads says:

In a community where conformity flourishes, seeds of Rhoda’s odd behavior were planted long ago. Can she cultivate her relationships with the same care and tenderness that she gives her beloved garden?

Old Order Amish Rhoda Byler’s unusual gift and her remarkable abilities to grow herbs and berries have caused many to think her odd. As rumors mount that Rhoda’s “gift” is a detriment to the community, she chooses isolation, spending her time in her fruit garden and on her thriving canning business.

Miles away in Harvest Mills, Samuel King struggles to keep his family’s apple orchard profitable. As the eldest son, Samuel farms with his brothers, the irrepressible Jacob and brash Eli, while his longtime girlfriend Catherine remains hopeful that Samuel will marry her when he feels financially stable.

Meanwhile, Samuel’s younger sister Leah is testing all the boundaries during her rumschpringe, and finds herself far from home in Rhoda’s garden after a night of partying gone badly. But Leah’s poor choices serve as a bridge between Rhoda and the King family when a tragic mistake in the orchard leaves Samuel searching for solutions.

Rhoda’s expertise in canning could be the answer, but she struggles with guilt over the tragic death of her sister and doesn’t trust herself outside her garden walls. As the lines between business, love, and family begin to blur, can Rhoda finally open up to a new life? And what effect will this odd, amazing woman have on the entire King family?

MY THOUGHTS: 

It was easy to identify with Rhoda, since I love growing & picking berries, and I’m used to accepting blame (even when I’ve done nothing). And I love how her father gave her his support, even though he was often caught in the middle between Rhoda and those who would malign, ridicule or fear her.

I did not receive an advanced reader copy; nor did I receive this book in exchange for an honest review. I bought this book at my local Christian bookstore. I’m writing a review because I loved the book…

To read my original review, please click HERE.

Read more about it HERE at GoodReads.

Read more about Cindy Woodsmall on her WEBSITE.

For Every Season by Cindy Woodsmall

Amish Vines and Orchards (#3)

For Every Season picFrom GoodReads:  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.

Amidst mounting tension in matters of the heart and business, Rhoda finds that this fledging settlement feels like the home she has always longed for, and she begins to embrace the God-given, heightened intuition that has always felt like a burden to her. She longs for Jacob to fully be free of his past, so they can work towards the future together.

But as Rhoda uses her gift to unpack an old secret with her Englisch neighbors, it is not her beau but an unlikely ally that cheers her on. With the orchard on shaky ground and Jacob’s plans in question, Rhoda is determined to see things through to harvest. But can she trust her insight to direct her path in matters of the heart?

MY THOUGHTS:

For Every Season begins with Rhoda living nearby with neighbors Camilla and Bob, since Samuel is trying to avoid her and Jacob is being extremely difficult. Isn’t it just like the male species… He runs away whenever life gets difficult or a friend from the past calls, but stays angry at Rhoda for caring for his brother!

Leah hires a young girl from Indiana without telling anyone, Sandra shows up unexpectedly, Jacob leaves with her and they finally talk to a lawyer about their past, frost threatens the new crop, Rhoda has more visions, and Jacob comes back, only to leave again.

There was so much more to this book than I expected; newcomers, problems, solutions… I am in awe at how Ms. Woodsmall holds my attention (it’s nearly impossible to put down once you begin reading it). Samuel is gaining much of the maturity he lacked in book one. Rhoda is learning how to accept, and use, her visions. I was thrilled to finally see Jacob make an UN-selfish decision for once!

This series (Amish Vines and Orchards) is one of the best I’ve read. If you enjoy Amish fiction, Christian fiction, inspirational, or just a great story, read the entire series, but don’t start just before bedtime, because you won’t want to stop!

You can find more information about this book at GoodReads HERE.

And you can find more information about Cindy Woodsmall and her other novels on her WEBSITE.

The Winnowing Season by Cindy Woodsmall

Amish Vines and Orchards (#2)

Cindy Woodsmall excels at sequels!

Book two - The Winnowing SeasonFrom GoodReads:  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?

MY THOUGHTS:

A Season For Tending was a wonderful read, with captivating characters and one surprise after another. I was delighted to find that The Winnowing Season is just as wonderful as book 1.

I was immediately surprised–not by a move to Maine–but trouble with the church leaders! Would Rhoda even be allowed to move? Would she be shunned (or worse, if there is a worse)?

Sam continues to be a thorn in Rhoda’s side… going behind her back to contact the church leaders, although he was trying to be helpful. Thankfully his interference does bring about good (but I won’t mention how so I don’t give away too much).

Once in Maine, problems mount up again, but with help from family and friends (and a few unexpected sources) things begin working out.

One disappointment is Jacob. He continues to keep much of his past hidden from Rhoda. The mystery surrounding people from his past frustrates me! What exactly is going on with this woman and her daughter and just how is he connected to them? Does he really love Rhoda or not? Does Samuel?

Amish Vines and Orchards is altogether an intriguing, delightful series. I’m reading For Every Season now… watch for my review.

Read more about The Winnowing Season at GoodReads HERE. And read more about Cindy Woodsmall on her WEBSITE.

A Season for Tending by Cindy Woodsmall

Amish Vines and Orchards (#1)

Cindy Woodsmall caught me with the first two words… “It’s time…”

A Season for Tending From GoodReads: In a community where conformity flourishes, seeds of Rhoda’s odd behavior were planted long ago. Can she cultivate her relationships with the same care and tenderness that she gives her beloved garden?

Old Order Amish Rhoda Byler’s unusual gift and her remarkable abilities to grow herbs and berries have caused many to think her odd. As rumors mount that Rhoda’s “gift” is a detriment to the community, she chooses isolation, spending her time in her fruit garden and on her thriving canning business.

Miles away in Harvest Mills, Samuel King struggles to keep his family’s apple orchard profitable. As the eldest son, Samuel farms with his brothers, the irrepressible Jacob and brash Eli, while his longtime girlfriend Catherine remains hopeful that Samuel will marry her when he feels financially stable.

Meanwhile, Samuel’s younger sister Leah is testing all the boundaries during her rumschpringe, and finds herself far from home in Rhoda’s garden after a night of partying gone badly. But Leah’s poor choices serve as a bridge between Rhoda and the King family when a tragic mistake in the orchard leaves Samuel searching for solutions.
Rhoda’s expertise in canning could be the answer, but she struggles with guilt over the tragic death of her sister and doesn’t trust herself outside her garden walls. As the lines between business, love, and family begin to blur, can Rhoda finally open up to a new life? And what effect will this odd, amazing woman have on the entire King family?

MY THOUGHTS: 

It was easy to identify with Rhoda, since I love growing & picking berries, and I’m used to accepting blame (even when I’ve done nothing). And I love how her father gave her his support, even though he was often caught in the middle between Rhoda and those who would malign, ridicule or fear her.

Her father allowed her herb garden to be destroyed to protect her from possible punishment from the church. After her berries were destroyed she joined with Kings Orchard. But another disaster comes, leaving them no choice but to relocate.

I appreciate how Landon always sticks by Rhoda. Although not Amish, he has been a true friend.

The three King brothers are charming in their own ways. Eli makes big mistakes at home; Jacob made bigger mistakes when he was away from home; Sam takes on the orchard and all the responsibility to keep it going.

Sam shows maturity and chivalry in his relationship with Catherine. I’m glad he discovered before promises were made that his feelings aren’t what they should be. (I hope he falls for Rhoda!) This is definitely a novel I’ll read again.

I did not receive an advanced reader copy; nor did I receive this book in exchange for an honest review. I bought this book at my local Christian bookstore. I’m writing a review because I loved the book… and…
I can’t wait to read the sequel!

Hey, check it out for yourself. Read more about it HERE at GoodReads.
And read more about Cindy Woodsmall and her other novels on her WEBSITE.

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