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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Winnowing Season...Review

About the book:
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?

On the eve of their departure to begin a new Old Order Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is shocked to discover that choices made by her business partner and friend, Samuel King, have placed her and her unusual gifts directly into the path of her district’s bishop and preachers. She is furious with Samuel and is fearful that the Kings will be influenced by the way her leaders see her, and not what they know to be true—that Rhoda’s intuition is a gift from God.

Jacob King won’t be swayed by community speculation. He loves Rhoda, believes in her, and wants to build a future with her in Maine. But when the ghosts of his past come calling and require him to fulfill a great debt, can he shake their hold before it destroys what he has with Rhoda? Samuel has a secret of his own—one he’ll go to great lengths to keep hidden, even if it means alienating those closest to him. Throwing himself into rehabilitating the once-abandoned orchard, Samuel turns to a surprising new ally.

Book 2 of the Amish Vines and Orchards series asks: can the three faithfully follow God’s leading and build a new home and orchard in Maine? Or will this new beginning lead to more ruin and heartbreak?

A sequel to A Season for Tending, I found this one much easier to get into than the first one

I love the exploration of Rhoda's gift of foresight and intuition.  That is unusual in Christian fiction and it's refreshing here, especially in regards to Rhoda's sister deceased sister, Emma.  Rhoda is called before her home congregation because of her intuition and Samuel's interference, but she learns an important lesson in having faith in God and in his timing.

As they move to Maine and begin restoring an old apple orchard, the Byler/King family drama is going strong and when Jacob's past returns and pulls him away from Rhoda with no explanation, they wonder if their relationship is strong enough to survive their separation.  I really didn't like Sandra and was definitely resentful of her selfish intrusion.

As a sequel to A Season for Tending, the book can stand alone, but is much richer if read in order because of the back history.  I am curious as to what will happen with Rhoda and Jacob's relationship and I'm really curious about the Englisch connection with Bob and Camilla.

I look forward to more.

Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Cindy Woodsmall here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 4/13

* * * *
4/5 Stars

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