The Harvest of Grace, Ada's House Series #3
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Despite the secrets hiding in Aaron Blank's youth, he thinks he's ready to face his future. As he sets out to make up for the wrongs he's done to his family, he meets Sylvia, the new farmhand from a nearby district. She doesn't want him around, seems to have his father's heart in the palm of her hand--and what she knows could ruin his future.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Ada's House
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Reeling from an unexpected betrayal, can Sylvia find relief from the echoes of her past…or will they shape her future forever?
Although Sylvia Fisher recognizes that most Old Order Amish women her age spend their hours managing a household and raising babies, she has just one focustending and nurturing the herd on her familys dairy farm. But when a dangerous connection with an old beau forces her to move far from home, she decides to concentrate on a new start and pour her energy into reviving another familys debt-ridden farm.
After months in rehab, Aaron Blank returns home to sell his Daeds failing farm and move his parents into an easier lifestyle. Two things stand in his way: the father who stubbornly refuses to recognize that Aaron has changed and the determined new farmhand his parents love like a daughter. Her influence on Aarons parents could ruin his plans to escape the burdens of farming and build a new life.
Can Aaron and Sylvia find common ground? Or will their unflinching efforts toward opposite goals blur the bigger picture a path to forgiveness, glimpses of grace, and the promise of love.
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author whose connection with the Amish community has been featured on ABC Nightline, in The Wall Street Journal, and in other media. She is the author of the Sisters of the Quilt series, The Sound of Sleigh Bells, and a nonfiction work, Plain Wisdom, which was written with her closest Old Order Amish friend. Cindy lives in Georgia with her family. Visit her website at CindyWoodsmall.com
"This third entry in the Adas House series is sure to please fans of the first two novels. Fans of Amy Clipston and Marta Perry will enjoy its engaging characters and homespun feel."
"Oh, blessed insomnia! Cindy Woodsmall is a master at stealing your heart and your sleep with powerful love stories as pure and haunting as the Amish community in which they are set. With crisp prose, flesh-andblood characters who live and breathe on the page, and a spiritual heritage that nourishes the soul, The Harvest of Grace is a rich bounty of unforgettable reading that is just plain perfect."
Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series
"You dont have to be a fan of Amish stories to love a Cindy Woodsmall book. The Harvest of Graces heroine, Sylvia, won me over from the first page, and I cheered her through the story. Woodsmall writes a beautiful page-turner with heart-gripping twists. A worthy read."
Rachel Hauck, award-winning author of Dining with Joy
"A treasure chest, for sure… The wisdom in these stories is time-tested and trueplain and simple."
Karen Kingsbury, New York Times best-selling author of Unlocked and Shades of Blue
"[Cindy Woodsmall] paints a vivid backdrop of Amish and Mennonite cultures with fascinating detail and memorable clarity."
Tamera Alexander, best-selling author of Rekindled Harvest of Garace
"Cindy Woodsmall writes realreal people, real conflicts, real emotions. When you open her book, you enter her world and live the story with the characters."
Kim Vogel Sawyer, author of Where Willows Grow and Waiting for Summers Return
KateGlenolden, PAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A must read!November 10, 2013KateGlenolden, PAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Harvest of Grace will stay with you long after the last page is turned. There are no minor characters - each one is carefully and lovingly created and nurtured. You know why each one hurts and how great each triumph is. The story is rich and pulls you in. A real must read for every fan of Amish novels.
So MommyHartselle, ALAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5LOVE this series!August 27, 2012So MommyHartselle, ALAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love Cindy Woodsmall's "Ada's House" series. They are wonderful books! 'The Harvest of Grace' is the 3rd book in the series ('The Bridge of Peace' was #2, see my review here). These books are very well-written with love stories, drama, conflict, and pretty much everything you'd expect in a real-life story, but these things are all packed into Cndy Woodsmall's novels.
In 'The Harvest of Grace' Sylvia wants to be able to run the farm that she loves, but can't do that because of her gender. In the beginning of the book, her boyfriend asks her to marry him and she asks him to wait. He marries her sister, which crushes her completely. She lives on the same farm with them trying to be the best she can but one day something happens between them and she knows she has to leave her family farm. Many things happen after this, many conflicts and many resolutions.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read fiction. I loved it!
RickMiddleburg, FLAge: 35-44Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5Review from a Man's PerspectiveJuly 7, 2012RickMiddleburg, FLAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3This is the 3rd book in the "Ada's House Series" by Cindy Woodsmall. As you can imagine, I have not at this point read the first two books in the series. I will say, though, that even without reading the first two books, I wasn't as lost as I expected myself to be. There is enough of a back story, plus almost new characters to lend this book to almost being a stand alone title.
Sylvia Fisher is not an ordinary Amish woman. Being the oldest of all girls with no brothers her father has let her run the herd but not have a lot of say in the farming. This has caused her to seek out duties such as tending to her family's dairy herd and milking cows to normal duties of tending children and managing a household. Having scorned a suitable Amish suitor, she is forced by guilt to leave her home and beloved family farm and seek refuge with another couple, the Banks'. The Banks are a couple that have been devastated by the of their daughter a year ago and a son that is away at rehab for alcohol abuse.
Upon Aaron's return, his plan is to persuade his parents into selling the farm and moving with him into town. Although Sylvia has become attached to the couple and to their farm, she must join with Aaron and his plan in order to see her own dreams fulfilled. Will they sell the farm? Do Sylvia and Aaron give in to their mutual attraction? BUY THE BOOK!!!
I will say that the book was very well written, just not really my genre of reading. The characters were well defined, the story was paced appropriately and the plot was believable.
Is this a "Man's Book"? Not really. While I can say that the book was well written, I can also say that I can't imagine too many men reading this book. Doesn't mean that it wasn't a good book, just not really for men.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A story about personal strugglesJuly 7, 2012wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Sylvia Fisher's beau Elam finally asked her to marry him, but was she ready to give up everything she loved for him. She loves Elam but has spent most of her life helping her father on the dairy farm even to the extent of making suggestions to improve the farm and her father listened to her. Will Elam be willing to let her have an opinion in their marriage or will he expect her to take on the Old Order Amish role of the woman managing a household and raising babies only. When she finds out that Elam signed a contract with her father to take over half of the farm without asking her, it makes her wonder even more what her role would be in their marriage.
When Sylvia takes too long to give him an answer, Elam marries her sister Becky. Sylvia's father won't let her leave the farm so she stays home but after a dangerous incident she demands that he let her leave. She moves to Michael and Dora Blank's dairy farm to help him. Since she's left home her father refuses to let her have any contact with anyone in her family so she soon feels like Michael and Dora are her family.
The Blank's are in desperate need of help since their son Aaron left several months ago and Michael suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. Aaron is an alcoholic, driven to drink by the treatment from his dad after his sister was killed in a freak accident, which they each blames himself for. Aaron gets help for himself and returns home to help his dad and talk his parents into selling the farm. He wants them to help run an Amish appliance store, which he has put money down on to purchase, in three months.
Michael continues to treat Aaron terribly while he accepts the help he is giving them on the farm. Sylvia dislikes Aaron because his plans will ruin her plans to live their and farm, since she feels like she'll never be able to return home again. It is a constant battle, difference of opinions, will any of them ever give in, it seems to be two against one? Will Sylvia ever get to see her parents and sisters again and where will home be for her? When Aaron realizes that Sylvia has become a like a hermit, not going to church, not seeing friends, etc. he forces her to take time off from work which she also resents and thinks he's trying to get her to agree to selling the farm.
Cindy did her usual great job and held my interest and jogged my memory of the first book so I wasn't lost. Sylvia, Michael and Aaron are all three strong willed people with their own plans. I have a lot of family members like that so it hit close to home for me. I read the first book in this series a long time ago, thought I had the second one but discovered I didn't. I plan on going back and reading the second one though. This is a good story about personal struggles and how different personalities deal with them.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BloggingforBooks.org book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
SmileyMommyBowling Green, KYAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good BookJune 21, 2012SmileyMommyBowling Green, KYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The book, The Harvest of Grace, by Cindy Woodsmall is about several young Amish "couples". The couples form themselves during the book and are all weaved together making this book interesting. All of the characters are friends from the beginning or become so when entering the Amish community. I enjoyed the book and feeling like I was right there with the characters.