Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Winnowing Season By Cindy Woodsmall

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.

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?
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*Paperback:336 pages
*Publisher: WaterBrook Press
*ISBN: 978-0307730046
This novel is available at your favorite retailer in paperback, hardback, and in e-formats  

Cindy Woodsmall
Cindy Woodsmall is a best-selling author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction book Plain Wisdom whose connection with the Amish community has been featured on ABC Nightline, in the Wall Street Journal, and throughout other Christian and general news outlets. She lives outside of Atlanta with her family.

My Thoughts:

In second book in the series, we pick up right where book one (A Season for Tending) left off. As Rhoda, Samuel, Jacob, Leah, and the others prepare to move to Maine after a tornado destroyed Kings Orchard. The troubles follow them to Maine.

I was actually pretty hooked from the beginning of this story. I liked it much better as than the first book as the characters really came out in this book. The plot in this story was intriguing as all the issues with Jacob, Samuel, Leah, and Rhoda start to come to light.

I can’t decide who I like better for Rhoda-Jacob or Samuel. Jacob and Samuel both are so different and yet they have qualities that outshine the other. I think though I am leaning towards Samuel. I like that he is truly putting it in God’s hands and not his own.

I enjoyed this book. It's well written, and it has me dying to know how the story will end in the next book. 

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from Blogging for Books- Waterbrook for free in order to write this review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and were not subject to editing from the publisher.


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