It has been two weeks since the shock heard round the farm. Rhoda Byler and the King brothers, Samuel and Jacob, have barely said a word to each other. Jacob "invited [Rhoda] to leave [the house] and then had refused to talk to her." She moved into the guest bedroom of her Englisch neighbor friends, walking a mile to and from the farm to work. "What had possessed Rhoda to think that two families - the Kings and they Bylers - could live under the same roof while trying to establish a new Amish community?"
Rhoda must prove her love to Jacob by staying away from Samuel. However, nothing is getting done on the farm. Leah knows they need help so she hires Iva Lambright in hopes that she will catch Samuel's eye. It was only upon Iva's arrival that Rhoda and the brothers started speaking to each other - because they had to.
Rhoda starts to see visions of her dead sister again. She had not seen Emma since they left Pennsylvania. Rhoda is also seeing things that have to do with her new roommates, but she cannot figure out what they mean or how to tell her friends.
Jacob decides that the best way to heal their relationship is for he and Rhoda to get married and move back home. He will work as a carpenter while Rhoda has a bit of land to grow her herbs and fruits again. Even though it was Jacob's idea to never keep secrets from each other, he is not telling Rhoda everything from his past in the Englisch world.
I GIVE THIS BOOK: 5 Stars
Cindy Woodsmall has delivered another heart-wrenching Amish story. This book left me stunned with tears pouring from my eyes. It was the perfect ending to this series...until you turn to the last page and see that book 4 comes out in April 2014. Cindy, you are killing me! This series has captivated my heart. While I am happy if the series ended as is, knowing I have to wait 7 months for the next book is pure torture.
As for this book, just because these characters bought a farm in Maine does not mean they left their troubles behind. It is like bad luck follows them. This book deals with the struggles of the heart and what is morally right. The struggles of the Amish and the Englisch. The struggle between money and family. Since the theme of this book is based on struggle, in my opinion, it will touch every reader in a different way. Your heart will be attached to this book the whole way through.
For Every Season, by Cindy Woodsmall, is an outstanding novel. The third in the Amish Vines and Orchards series, it continues the story of Rhoda Byler, an Amish woman with a gift for gardening and cooking who carries the burden of a powerful intuition.
This story begins with Rhoda, her business partners Samuel and Jacob King, their sister Leah, Rhoda's brother Steven and his family, and her English business partner Landon struggling to rehabilitate their orchard near Unity, Maine, where they are beginning a new Amish community. With Jacob still working through legal problems lingering from his time away from the Amish and longing to be free of it all, tension continues to build. Samuel and Rhoda's kiss near the end of book two remains a roadblock for all of them. Rhoda is determined to be loyal to Jacob, but cannot shake her attraction to Samuel.
After reading the first two books in this series, I was prepared for the cliffhanger ending in this one. I look forward to reading the next book.
I would definitely recommend this book to all who enjoy Amish fiction, but recommend reading the series in order.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
For Every Season by Cindy Woodsmall is book 3 of the Amish Vines and Orchards series. Rhoda Byler, Landon Olson, Samual, Leah, and Jacob King, and Rhoda's brother and his family are in Maine, rehabilitating an apple orchard.
Rhoda is now living with Bob and Camilla, neighbors she had met when they first moved near Unity, Maine to start a new Amish community. Jacob thought it best if she left the farmhouse. Leah was in the office in the barn when the phone rings. It was a young woman asking if there was any work for her. This young woman, Iva, had sent a letter but nobody ever opened it due to the large pile of letters on the desk. Leah locates the letter and then tells Iva that she can come. Nobody else knows until Iva arrives at the station. Would the others agree to let her stay? Jacob works on making wrongs right so that he can then pursue Rhoda wholeheartedly. Rhoda uses her gift of intuition more and more, some of it to do with Camilla's secret. A lot more adventures are happening throughout this book.
This book was hard to put down. At times I would get frustrated with Jacob and Samuel. It was interesting and a lot going on which added to the story. Kept me wondering and hoping. I am glad that Cindy Woodsmall has a short summary of each book, things that have happened. I don't always remember since I love reading and read many books. I definitely recommend this book and the whole series(and all of her other books). You should start with book 1 since each book continues with where the last book left off.
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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, through the Blogging for Books program, for my honest review.
Conflicts not all resolved; book 4 will be coming!
September 3, 2013
In July of this year, I reviewed Book 2 in the Amish Vines and Orchards series. I was pleased to have the opportunity to find out what was happening next with Rhoda, Jacob, and Samuel. I'm not telling the ending, but only that I was pleased with how things are working out.
The book starts out with Rhoda living with the Englisch (non-Amish) neighbors of the apple farm in Maine that she and the King brothers have begun restoring. Neither Jacob nor Samuel is speaking to each other or to her. Of course, they cannot continue to function that way. There has to be healing, restoration, and communication between them or the business will fail. But how can they function when each of the brothers love Rhoda?
The Englisch couple Rhoda lives with have secrets into which Rhoda receives insight. But Camilla does not want to talk about her secrets. After Camilla was injured in a hit and run accident, she was willing to listen. Samuel helped Rhoda realize that God gave her insights to help others, not to torture herself.
Jacob's secret past is slowing being revealed, and he is getting legal help so he can be free of the past. He wants to marry Rhoda and take her away from Samuel's influence, but Rhoda's heart is in the apple orchard. Should she give up everything she loves for Jacob?
Leah, Samuel and Jacob's sister, is trying to decide whether to stay Amish or keep dating and going to a church with her non-Amish friend. She realizes the benefits of both worlds, but does not want to lose the family connections that are so strong and important. At the end of the book, she still is not sure what to do.
Sometimes I felt impatient with how slowly conflicts were getting resolved. But I realize that in real life, things take time. I already knew before I started reading this book that Cindy Woodsmall had decided to write a fourth book in the series. So I was surprised that I was not left "hanging" at the end of this book, like happened at the end of the second one. Of course, Rhoda's relationship is the only one resolved so far, but to me, that is the main concern. Definitely, a fourth book is needed to complete all the other people's journeys.
I enjoyed reading this book. For any Amish fiction fans, this is definitely a series to read.
I received my free copy of For Every Season from Waterbrook/Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.