It was easy to be swept into the life of Old Order Amish in this third book, "The Harvest of Grace", from the Ada's House series, by Cindy Woodsmall.
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 focusâ€”tending and nurturing the herd on her family's 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 family's debt-ridden farm.
I liked the determination and values of the main character, Sylvia. She struggles with the same issues all of us face each day. Being honest with others, wondering how our past mistakes can ever be forgiven, and finding hope in the simple things. When Sylvia takes time out to rest under a tree in the hot summer heat, or notices the strength that comes from generation after generation working to build a dairy farm, or the tenderness she gives to the little kittens she finds in the barn loft, you can almost believe you are there sharing those moments.
Sylvia has to learn to trust her new friends, too. Aaron, Grey, Cara, Ephraim, Trevor and the other families who all come to Ada's House, will bring you to appreciate traditional Amish events and the daily routines that are part of the Old Order Amish heritage. I would recommend this book for those who appreciate the Amish community and for those struggling with the issues of forgiveness and God's grace.
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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
"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review"
The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall is part of the Ada's House novels. This book has a very interesting story line and I really enjoyed reading it. Like most of Cindy Woodsmall's books this is novel takes place in an Amish community. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy reading about the Amish . Thanks to Blogging Books for providing me with a free copy for review.
This is a story about the Amish. This last installment is about Sylvia and Aaron. They are two people who have a history that has challenged their past and future. They are likeable characters, well developed and kept me interested throughout the book. I would gladly recommend this story to friends. I believe this was a faithful installment to the series and provided readers a satisfying book. I have always enjoyed Ms. Woodsmall's books and always eager to read her next book. I am thankful to blogging for books for the free copy that provided me the opportunity to review The Harvest of Grace.
This book, The Harvest of Grace, centers around a young Amish woman named Sylvia Fisher. Sylvia is jilted by the young man who has been courting her....for her younger sister. And if that's not bad enough, her father gives the house her grandfather left to her to the newly married couple. As the oldest of nine daughters, Sylvia was very close to her grandfather--who taught her how to build the herd of milk cows and develop the land and crops for those cows. Sylvia would rather be outside working with the cattle than inside cooking or doing the normal things young Amish women do. Because of an indiscretion with her sister's husband (and her former boyfriend), Sylvia decides to leave her father's home and move 30 miles away to help a man with his dairy herd. This man's only child left home months earlier to go to a rehab for his alcohol addiction.
I didn't realize when I started reading this book that it is the third book in this series. For the most part, I could figure out what was going on. But there were huge gaps in the book that you wouldn't know what had happened unless you'd read the first two books. There were two or three story lines of other people's intersecting lives that were followed and several were from the "outside" and not Amish. Personally, I didn't think the true Amish flavor really came through. It was very distracting to follow so many non-Amish people when the Amish characters didn't seem all that Amish. But Cindy Woodsmall is a great story teller. In fact, I wouldn't put the book down after I began reading and read into the night.
I'd give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers for providing this book for review. 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
The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall is about Sylvia Fisher who at the beginning of the book has just had her fiance dump her for her sister. Sylvia has always helping in the running of her father's dairy farm and to help deal with the feelings of rejection she has decided to leave the family farm and go away to work for another farmer who had placed an ad for work in the paper. This is a big decision for Sylvia both financially, (she stands to lose her inheritance as well as her life savings) as well as she needs her father's blessing to avoid being shunned. Sylvia pours herself into trying to revive a poorly run farm and get it back on its feet. To further complicate matters Aaron Blank the alcoholic only son of the farmer returns after spending time in rehab with the plan to move his parents to an easier lifestyle in town. His plan is to sell the farm and buy a business in town.
The Harvest of Grace is the third of the Ada House series. I wished that I had read the first two books as they were probably just as good as this one and I would have more easily followed the story line but even so Cindy Woodsmall has a little 1 1/2 page catch up telling the previous story so far. This is a delightfully well written book of life in one Amish family. These people have the same problems as in any family but are solving them following the rulings of the Amish church to which they belong. I loved this book and I would suggest this as good reading for any age.