A Season for Tending: Book One in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series - eBook
Too Good To Put Down!
Cindy Woodsmall has once again wrote another great book, she has never let me down. I am so glad that I chose that I chose A Season for Tending to read. This book kept my interest and all I could do was keep on reading and reading all day long.
This story is about Rhoda Byler who lost her younger sister in a freak accident when she left and went to the store alone and Rhoda had stayed behind to tend to her herbs and berries patches. These herb and berries have been her pride and joy from the time she was just a small child and a gift from her father every year, her berry patch had grown into an acre of bountiful fruit.
Rhoda blames herself for her sisters death feeling that she could have prevented it because she felt deep inside her that something bad was going to happen and tried to get there to save her, but was too late. Because of this, she buried herself into her work with her herbs and berries. She could tell everyone what any herb could cure and sometimes over stepped her bounds and gave her herbs to people to help cure what ailed them. She could also grow her berry bushes better than anyone around and produce more product off of them and this was what she had so much pride in doing. In doing things that she thinks that is helping others and with her talking to plants while gardening and the fact that she thought she could see what was going to happen to her sister Emma before it happened people of the community thought she was a bit strange and was doing mean things to her.
Then there is the drunk teenager that Rhoda finds asleep in her garden. Rhoda befriends her and helps her get home and covers things when her brother, Samuel King of King's Orchard, comes to pick her up. She even beats him down a little for being so rough on her for doing what she is doing during her rumschpringe and to give her a little credit and appreciation.
The bond that starts between them all in the cellar of Rhoda's parents house while Rhoda is canning her berries is an amazing relationship that blossoms. There's so much more that I could tell you but I don't want to spoil things for you.
I definitely give this book five stars! I can not wait to get my hands on the next book in the series; The Winnowing Season: Book Two in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series.
February 18, 2013
this is a very good book cant wate for the next one to come out
February 16, 2013
This book is a good read!
I was a little apprehensive about reading this book. I usually struggle to get into books that have characters following the Amish lifestyle; however, this book was a great read. Cindy Woodsmall was able to introduce the characters in such a way that you instantly felt some emotional connection with each character. I found it a little odd that Rhoda would have such a special gift. It is understandable that others were unsure and uncomfortable around her. I am interested to see how Ms. Woodsmall continues writing about Rhoda and her gift. I will definitely be reading book 2 in this series.
This book was also a great love story about loving family, finding friendships, and supporting those you care about. Though there were some relationships hinted at in the book I found myself appreciating the connections between characters as their bond between each other grew. They were able to find comfort in each other for each of their Ã¢ÂÂdarkÃ¢ÂÂ secrets, as well as support each other through trials. It created a deeper connection between the reader and the characters in the book.
I would encourage you to check out this book. Read the first chapter of A Season for Tending here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/98995874/A-Season-for-Tending-by-Cindy-Woodsmall-Chapter-1-Excerpt.
"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."
January 11, 2013
Rhoda Byler runs her own canning business in her Old Order Amish community. Her odd ways and eccentric personality however, have caused many to choose to stay away from her as they do not understand her gift for tending plants and herbs long past their harvest seasons. In an effort to stay away from a community that looks down on her and sees her as a detriment, she keeps her distance as much as possible from the people who observe the Old Ways and nurse superstitious fears.
An accidental encounter with a girl from the neighboring town of Harvest Mills causes Rhoda to meet the family who own King's Orchard. Samuel is the eldest, and in charge of the orchard, along with brothers Jacob and Eli. A mistake on Eli's part costs them ten acres of good eating apples and leaves behind almost worthless cider apples. When King's Orchard meets Rhode Side Stands, the simple solution to all those cider apples is to can them into products to make a much bigger profit. But will working together really be the answer? Or has Samuel made a mistake that will cost him beloved orchard?
This is the first book I have read by this author, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with this novel. There are so many Amish fiction writers these days, and Woodsmall brings something new, fresh and unexpected to the genre. While the idea of someone being able to see the future is often referred to as being "psychic", this author portrays it just as a simple feeling or emotion; not something that reeks of darker powers and New Age nonsense. A recommended read for anyone who likes something a little different.
This book was provided for free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
January 6, 2013