The story continues with Rhoda, Samuel, and Jacob. They have moved to Maine with some of their families and Landon, the Englisher, and are working hard to establish the run-down orchard before harvest. Working on the orchard is easy compared to working on their relationships though. Rhoda and Jacob are still in love and trying so hard to make their relationship work, but Jacob's past still keeps getting in the way. He's always running off to help Sandra and Casey. He's finally getting smart and learning that he needs to give his all in working things out with Rhoda, but lies are still turning up.
Then there's Leah, who takes it on herself to invite Iva, from another Amish community, to come join their community and give them the extra help they need with the household chores. When the brothers find out about what she's done, they are not exactly what I would call "happy". But as with all things, God has a plan and it seems like His hand was in this move. Iva had her own reasons for leaving her family and she's trying very hard to fit in with the the new Orchard Bend Farm.
Meanwhile, more and more information is surfacing about Camilla and Bob, who Rhoda is living with, and she's still hearing voices. She's getting help from Landon to help her track down leads on what she's learning and if you thought the last book was mysterious, then you're in for more mystery! It's hard to say more, because I don't want to spoil this book by telling too much. All I will say is that some things are resolved and some things aren't!
I'm so thankful that there will be a final book in this series, Seasons of Tomorrow, coming in April 2014. This has been a fantastic Amish series and I have enjoyed every book so much. Once I get started reading, it's hard to put the book down. Ann has a way of drawing you into the story and getting you so involved with the characters you'll find yourself being drawn into the book like you are one of the characters. I love these kinds of books, when I finally finish them I feel like I've lost some great friends and sometimes, gladly getting rid of some characters I don't like!
You don't want to miss this series...you have to start with A Season of Tending #1, then you will want to immediately pick up, The Winnowing Season #2, then hurry to read this book and then wait until April 2014 before we can finally discover all the mystery and discover all the characters true loves!
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For Every Season is book three in the Amish Vine and Orchards series. Before reading this book, I read book one and got the following background: This story is mainly about a beautiful Amish girl, Rhoda Byler. Rhoda loves to grow things. She had a wonderful garden at her parent's home that was also a good income source, but it was destroyed by another Amish man bent on causing her grief.
A chance meeting with Leah King introduces her brothers Samuel and Jacob to Rhoda. The brothers push hard for Rhoda to join them in business by canning and selling the apples from their orchard. No sooner does this new business start than a tornado strikes destroying the canning business and most of that year's crop.
Book three starts with a small group of Amish made up of Rhoda, her brother and family, the King siblings Leah, Samuel and Jacob and Rhoda's Englisch helper, Landon. They are attempting to start a new Amish community in an apple orchard in Maine. Rhoda and Jacob have become an item, but serious trouble Jacob had gotten into before knowing Rhoda causes him to leave for long lengths of time. While gone, situations Rhoda needs Jacob's help with are filled in by Samuel. Samuel falls in love with Rhoda, and kisses her right as Jacob returns from one of his trips.
Because of the kiss, tensions between Rhoda, Samuel and Jacob bring almost everything at the orchard to a crashing halt. Since the small Amish community there depends on the success of the orchard for all their livelihoods, this is a serious problem. Despite Rhoda and Samuel's assurance that nothing will happen between them again, much of this book is spent on Jacob's paranoia about Samuel and Rhoda. Jacob wants to marry Rhoda, and turn everything in her life upside down. He believes he must do this to feel confident about their love surviving.
I am glad I was able to read book one before I got this story, or I would have been really lost with all the characters and background stories. As it was, since I wasn't able to read book two, there are great gaps in the tale. The story holds interest--although the relationship difficulty with Rhoda, Samuel and Jacob was stretched out too far. I have a problem with Rhoda's "gift," which seems to be clairvoyance. Additionally, Rhoda often "sees"--and sometimes hears--her dead sister.
I felt giving this ability to Rhoda put her on very shaky ground as a Christian, and the rationalization the story tried to use for her having this "gift" never rang true. First Thessalonians 5:22 warns us to "stay away from every kind of evil." And it is written in Deuteronomy 18:9-12a:
"When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination [detestable] to the LORD_"
The Bible tells us that some things are dangerous. The Lord does this to help us, not to be a kill joy. When I made a decision to be a follower of Christ, I also accepted the Bible as instructions to be followed. I cannot be happy with a Christian book that attempts to justify a Christian character with these attributes. The occult is a treacherous area to dabble in, it is real and not to be underestimated. Because of my strong feelings on this issue, I cannot give this book more than one star.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner.
For Every Season is book three in the Amish Vines and Orchards series. It continues a great series of story lines including establishing a new Amish community in Maine; rehabilitating an apple orchard; a character named Rhoda who has premonition type feelings and is not absolutely sure how to use them; two brothers (Samuel and Jacob) in love with the same woman; a young girl (Leah) trying to decide if she wants to remain Amish or go English; a young man (Landon) waiting for her to be ready to make that decision; Jacob dealing with the repercussions of bad decisions he made while he was working in the English world and became involved with some shady construction work and dealings; the addition of a new character from another community (Iva) whose father wants her to come back home and marry a wealthy man whom she is not in love with, so his wealth can benefit her family; the possibility of new families coming to live in the community - with the promise of lively characters to add to the whole scenario. I have loved the whole series and especially enjoyed this book. Although there are a lot of things going on, they all tie together and keep you glued to the pages wanting to see what will happen next. I can see this series going on for quite some time, which would be a good thing. There is a little of everything and you won't be disappointed with the characters or the story lines. I highly recommend this series if you enjoy books involving the lives of the Amish.
I received this book for free from Water Brook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review, but that, in
For Every Season is the third book in th Amish Vines and Orchard series and it continues the story of Rhoda Byler, a young Amish woman who has moved to Maine with few other Amish families to start a new community. As she works in an apple orchard with the King brothers, whose family owns the orchard, she finds herself in a love triangle when both brothers fall in love with her. She is alsmost engaged to Jacob, who has just recently returned from his time in the Englisch world, but there's also Samuel, the serious and responsible one. So which brother will she choose?
I just love Cindy Woodsmall books. Her characters become my best friends. I feel so connected to them as if they are real people in my life, and I never want to part with them. This series was no exception, and I just can't wait for the fourth book to come out.
I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah for free in exchange for an honest review.
Another great book by Cindy, and the third in this series. I loved spending time with these old dear friends. Note: If you have not yet read the other two books, there is information give so you can catch up. Don't deny yourself the pleasure of these great reads.
Samuel and Rhoda are working hard to getting the Orchard ready in Maine. We are with them them with their struggles and trials. Blending in with the families, and bring in some new people to help. I never wanted to leave, wanted to sit down with them at their meals!
Will Jacob and Rhoda finally be able to put the past behind them, and be married? Will their be someone special finally for Samuel? How about Leah, will she stay Amish and not want to go worldly?
Enjoy this next book in this series, you won't be able to put it down! I couldn't.
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