Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Winnowing Season: Book Two in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series by Cindy Woodsmall

Book Description:  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?

My Thoughts:  The Winnowing Season by Cindy Woodsmall is book 2 in the Amish Vines and Orchards trilogy. I read A Season for Tending the first book in this series and was so glad I did.  I think one could read this book as a stand alone because Cindy Woodsmall writes each book as it's own story but I like to read books in order if I can. Also, there are references that come from the first book and it's nice to know what is going on.  It also makes for a much better story!
Cindy Woodsmall is a wonderful writer of Amish fiction bringing the characters to life on the written page.
There is a love triangle throughout this story.  But the "meat" of the story is about the Amish "pilgrims" who travel to Maine to restore and 80 acre apple orchard.  Plus, raise live stock, gardens, children and fix meals.  The Amish are very hard working and when they set their minds to a task it is completed.
They are also very family and faith oriented.  However, Rhoda's gifts are not entirely made clear except that they are leadings from the Holy Spirit.  
The reader keeps wondering which brother Rhoda will end up marrying? Jacob and Samuel both have great character and are hard workers.  
It seems that this was a trip for the younger set as no grandparents are mentioned, no weddings but a lot of hard work and some great food!
*This book was provided by Waterbrook/Multnomah for review*

Book Trailer 

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307730042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307730046

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