Tuesday, September 10, 2013

For Every Season by Cindy Woodsmall

  • Series: Amish Vines and Orchards (Book 3)
    • Paperback: 336 pages
    • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (August 20, 2013)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0307730069
    • ISBN-13: 978-0307730060

    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 fledgling 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 take on this book:
    I have been a fan of Cindy Woodsmall since like forever, and always look forward to picking up one of her books. With "For Every Season" I felt like I was reuniting with old friends. It is interesting to see the ups and downs of everyday life as the characters work to get the Orchard up and running. Rhoda's "gift is an interesting storyline as well, one that I don't think that I have ever read about in "Amish" fiction. I think that's what makes Ms. Woodsmall's work stand out for me, she often throws plot lines into her story that isn't always so neat and easy to wrap up. While this is the third book in the Amish Vines and Orchards series I feel like there is enough background information that it could be read as a stand alone work, that said I would recommend all three books in the series so that you can truly get the backstories of each character. Overall, the author left me with several unanswered questions that has me anxious to read the next book in the series! 

    A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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