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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.

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The Amish Midwife

The Amish Midwife is the first book of the series: The Women of Lancaster County by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould.

The Amish Midwife

Here is a brief synopsis from GoodReads:

“A dusty carved box containing two locks of hair and a century-old letter regarding property in Switzerland, and a burning desire to learn about her biological family lead nurse-midwife Lexie Jaeger from her home in Oregon to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. There she meets Marta Bayer, a mysterious lay-midwife who desperately needs help after an Amish client and her baby die.

Lexie steps in to assume Marta’s patient load even as she continues the search for her birth family, and from her patients she learns the true meaning of the Pennsylvania Dutch word “demut, “which means “to let be” as she changes from a woman who wants to control everything to a woman who depends on God.

A compelling story about a search for identity and the ability to trust that God securely holds our whole life–past, present, and future.”

MY THOUGHTS:

This book begins a bit differently for an Amish novel… it begins with a Mennonite family.

And when Lexie, the main character, goes to Pennsylvania to search for answers concerning her family, she is met with much more than resistance; it is more like hitting against a brick wall.

The authors do an excellent job showing the determination of the characters as they interact. As the facts come out, as they tend to do in real life, the characters begin to open up and show love and acceptance.

I enjoyed this novel from beginning to end and highly recommend it!

Click HERE for more information on this book at GoodReads.

Mindy Starns Clark’s website is HERE.

Leslie Gould’s website is HERE.

You should read the other books in this series too. The image below is linked to GoodReads. Click it for more information on this series.

The Women of Lancaster County Series

The Christmas Quilt by Vanetta Chapman

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Day #13 – Today I am reviewing The Christmas Quilt by Vanetta Chapman.

Here is a brief synopsis from Abingdon Press:

Annie’s life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community’s minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam.

Annie s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the “boppli” arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.

MY THOUGHTS:

I had no idea when I agreed to review several books for Abingdon Press that I would receive such a blessing from them. These two novels by Vanetta Chapman have been more joyful to read than many others… well, maybe I shouldn’t go too far, since I have several favorite authors and I love reading their books, too. But I will say that these two novels will be read and re-read many, many times!

The Christmas Quilt is a sequel to A Simple Amish Christmas where the story of Samuel and Annie first began, and this novel picks it up at the perfect time… in A Simple Amish Christmas, Samuel proposes to Annie at the end… and The Christmas Quilt begins with their wedding…

It was fun to read about Annie and Samuel again… I so enjoyed reading about how their attraction to each other took them both by surprise! In this sequel, , after delivering many others, Annie is finally expecting her own baby. But her new sister-in-law Leah is also expecting. I laughed and cried with them as they struggled through the joys and sorrows of life. I can’t wait to read them both again!

The Christmas Quilt is part of the Quilts of Love series and is definitely one of the books on my “keeper” shelf.

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review from Abingdon Press, but my daughter had already bought a copy, so she has decided to bless a friend with her copy.

If you get the chance, buy both of the books and read A Simple Amish Christmas first, then jump right into The Christmas Quilt! I am certain you will enjoy every minute!

You can find more about Vanetta Chapman on her website… HERE

You can read more reviews and more about the book on GoodReads HERE

And HERE is a link to read an excerpt of The Christmas Quilt.

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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