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Seasons of Tomorrow by Cindy Woodsmall (Amish Vines and Orchards #4)

Seasons of Tomorrow


Seasons of Tomorrow
is the fourth (and possibly final) book in the Amish Vines and Orchards series by Cindy Woodsmall.

Here is a brief synopsis from WaterBrook Multnomah:

As love restores Rhoda, a sudden tragedy is the test of faith she never saw coming.

More settled in her heart than ever before, Rhoda Byler feels a newfound confidence living in the Old Order Amish settlement she helped establish in Orchard Bend, Maine.

Time has helped to heal the wounds of Rhoda’s recent severed relationship, and she finds that even her unusual gift of profound intuition is less of a burden as she continues to seek God’s wisdom for her future.

She is happy to be working alongside the King family and the love of her life as they tend and nurture the settlement’s orchard.

Yet when Leah King’s involvement with Englischer Landon Olson becomes known outside of the Maine community, her disregard of the Ordnung could threaten all the Orchard Bend Amish are building. In the midst of addressing the discord, a shocking tragedy challenges the young settlement like never before, threatening to uproot Rhoda’s peace and the future of everything she holds dear.

When several members of Orchard Bend Farms are displaced, the estranged King brother is called upon to return. Can those who founded the new Amish community in Maine unite Or will the lingering pain of past hurts and present struggles result in the end of their dreams?

MY THOUGHTS:

I thought Seasons of Tomorrow would never get here! Cindy Woodsmall has such an amazing way of portraying her characters in the Amish Vines and Orchards series.

But it did – and although I was in the midst of transferring to another job… in another city… I spent the next weekend reading the book – and I didn’t quit until I was done.

Did I say amazing? Yes, I did… Cindy takes people, problems, and situations from the three previous books in the Amish Vines and Orchards series… and neatly wraps it all up in Seasons of Tomorrow.

I don’t know how she does it – but she does.

I admit not everything turned out the way I expected, but that’s ok. Life usually doesn’t turn out the way I expect… and Cindy writes about serious life challenges.

Rhoda Byler is one of my favorite characters ever written… she has an unusual gift – unfortunately, it’s one that continually gets her into trouble. She does whatever she can to help those around her, even going as far as denying her love with the one man she was meant to be with. But she never gives up!

This is an exceptional series and one you do NOT want to miss!

 

Click HERE to find more about the book at WaterBrook Multnomah

Click HERE for GoodReads

Click HERE for ChristianBook.com

And click HERE for Cindy Woodsmall’s website

 

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

A look back at…

For Every Season…

 

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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.

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.

Who wants to win a book?

I am giving away a brand new copy of Cindy Woodsmall’s latest book:

Seasons of Tomorrow – the final book in her Amish Vines and Orchards series.

Seasons of Tomorrow

 

Who wants to win a copy? 

My review of this book will be posted on Saturday, June 28th… I am doing a look back at all the book in the series:

Book 1 – A Season For Tending (Monday, June 23)

Book 2 – The Winnowing Season (Wednesday, June 25)

Book 3 – For Every Season (Friday, June 27)

Book 4 – Seasons of Tomorrow (Saturday, June 28)

I hope many of you return each day to read each review!

Alright, down to details now. How do you win?

You don’t have to go to register on any other websites…

All you need to do is fill in the form below and click SUBMIT. Then on Sunday, June 29, I’m going to print off each entry and let my grandson randomly choose one to pick the WINNER!

 

Only one entry per person and…

PLEASE share this post! Put it on Facebook. Tweet about it. Re-blog the post. Send your friends this way – because I am hoping that once they check out my reviews, they will want to follow me! *LOL!*

 

In the meantime, here are a few places you can read more about Seasons of Tomorrow

Click HERE to find more about the book at WaterBrook Multnomah

Click HERE for GoodReads

Click HERE for ChristianBook.com

And click HERE for Cindy Woodsmall’s website

SisterChicks do the Hula! by Robin Jones Gunn

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SisterChicks Do the Hula is the 2nd book in the SisterChicks series by Robin Jones Gunn.

Here is a brief synopsis from GoodReads:

Some dreams take a while before they come true. Best friends Hope and Laurie never made it to Hawaii during their college years. But when they’re about to turn forty, the islands still beckon, and off they go – with an unexpected stowaway on board (Hope happens to be seven months pregnant). A little pineapple, a little sunshine, and a surprising little surfing lesson give these two sisterchicks all their crazy hearts could hope for – and more – as they enter the next season of their lives with a splash and with a beautiful vision of what God has dreamed up for them.

Wherever there’s chocolate, there’s sure to be a sisterchick celebrating, and this trip to Hawaii is no exception. Best friends Hope and Laurie are on an audacious mission to commemorate their fortieth birthdays in style. Surfing and sailing, sushi and snorkeling—these two macadamia nuts from the mainland sample it all, unhindered by a surprise little stowaway.

MY THOUGHTS:

Robin Jones Gunn won my daughter over with her teenage series… Christy MIller and Sierra Jenson. Now she’s won me over with her adult series… SisterChicks!

Ms. Gunn does an amazing job of connecting each SisterChick book, while making each stand on it’s own perfectly!

You’ll laugh (and cry) with Hope and Laurie (best friends) as they reconnect, relax, and refresh their spirits.

Every SisterChick book is such a blessing. I can’t wait to read the next one…

A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer

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Day #21 – Today I am reviewing A Christmas Gift for Rose. This is a Christmas story by Tricia Goyer.

This Christmas story is truly a wonderful, inspiring story.

Here is a brief synopsis from Zondervan:
Rose turned her back on the man she loves after he assisted the Englisch during World War II—only to discover she’s an Englischer herself.

Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work.

Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind—Englischers? When the man she loves leaves her behind, Rose is certain he left for good. Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we fear.

MY THOUGHTS:

I typically avoid books about war but I’m really glad I picked this one to read! I love Christmas stories and this will be a welcome addition to my collection. This is An Amish historical novel dealing with the effects on families from World War 2.

It’s a wonderful story. There is conflict and resolution. The characters and the story are both completely believable.

It took lots of twists and turns that I did not see coming. That’s always a good thing. Too many books these days are absolutely predictable. This one is not. It’s great!

HERE is a link to Tricia’s Website

The Dawn of Christmas by Cindy Woodsmall

Awesome Christmas Trilogy ending…Dawn of Christmas

Here is what WaterBrook Multnomah has to say about it:
Sadie enjoys her freedom away from home and her mission trips to Peru, but after four years, her Old Order Amish family insists it’s time to come home and settle down. Levi, a bachelor who distrusts women after a family heartbreak, also has no desire for romance. To keep their families from meddling in their lives, Sadie and Levi devise a plan—but soon discover that the walls around their hearts are breaking down. Can they let go of their prejudices, learn to trust each other, and embrace a future together?

MY THOUGHTS:
I rejoiced with Sadie when she stood up for what she knew to be the truth, even when her family and friends tried to convince her otherwise. I appreciate the way her character changes and grows throughout the book. When she meets Levi, in a totally unique situation, it begins a new chance for a future filled with more than lies, deceit and loneliness. I was so glad to see that Levi appreciated Sadie for the wonderful person she is… and I love happy endings!

I appreciate how Ms. Woodsmall weaves in the characters throughout the three novels, yet making each novel distinctly about the new characters. I love reading her novels. The people in them are more realistic than you find in many other novels (things don’t always work out the way you hope), but she does a great job tying up loose ends and creating happy endings whenever possible.

I heartily recommend The Dawn of Christmas.

I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Company in exchange for an honest review.

You can read more about the book HERE on GoodReads.
Please read and rate my review on WaterBrook Multnomah Website HERE. Thank you.
Visit Cindy’s website by clicking HERE!

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