This book is the third in a series, by Cindy Woodsmall. I really have enjoyed Cindy's books and have passed her books on to others because I enjoy her writing so much. This particular book deals with forgiveness when people do not understand each other. This is an Amish based novel, so the people involved are also dealing with rules of the Ordnung(an unwritten code observed by the Amish). Sylvia Fisher--one of the main characters--struggles with her own desires and hurts and decides to leave home to avoid further temptation and hurt. Sometimes, it's easier to cut off the arm that causes sin, then to stay and resist. No damage to arms are done--just a descriptive way to show one removing themself from temptation. This book ties up loose ends from the first two novels and pulls several families and couples close together at last. I highly recommend Cindy Woodsmall as a writer!
I received this book to review on my blog free from the publishing company.
Cindy Woodsmall weaves delightful stories in the Amish/Mennonite setting, and she transports the reader to a simpler time. Simpler, though, only in the technology world - no cell phones to disrupt work and visiting, no electrical appliances to roar through a housewife's life, horse travel to give the travelers time to enjoy the nature around them, and to think, hopefully deep thoughts and not evil ones.
This story is one about sibling father/daughter, friendship relationships, forgiveness, tolerance and grace. It is Sylvia's story, one of betrayal, and is unique in that Sylvia is a farmer, not much a typical Amish housewife. The Heart of Grace is the third book in the Anna's House series, and though it continues to follow the stories of those met in book # 1 (Bridge of Peace) and #2 (Hope of Refuge), namely Cara - who is learning the ways of the Amish in order to become one of them, from the background of foster care after the death of her mother and abandonment of her father and Lena who taught school, but whose unusual teaching methods were not appreciated by all parents, Cindy gives enough information that this can stand on its own.,
Cindy's characters all all strong individuals, but definitely as flawed as the rest of us, and it is easy to feel we know them. The novel is rich in scenery, the taste of Amish baking, the smell of freshly mown hay and the
stench of farmyard, the clatter of house-drawn machinery and the feels of hatred.
i would recommend this novel to anyone who has parental relationship angst, loves a good clean romance, or likes to read about the Amish.
i received this free ebook from Waterbrook/Multnomah publishers in exchange for my honest opinion, not because i would give a positive review.
This is the first book out of this series that I have read. The author does a nice job of tying the old characters in with the new characters so the reader isn't lost. I enjoyed the way the author keeps the theme of God's grace and love throughout the book. "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review
Book Review: The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall
The themes of forgiveness and restoration are prominent in The Harvest of Grace, set in the Amish country in Pennsylvania. Sylvia Fisher has violated her own code of conduct. She feels no forgiveness from God, so she runs away to have a new life in another place. Keeping her guilt a secret, she buries herself in hard work. She comes into conflict with a man who has found forgiveness from God, but is trying desperately to receive forgiveness and restoration with his parents.
At the same time, Cara Moore has found safety and love among the Amish community, but finds it difficult to "measure up" to the Amish requirements of learning Pennsylvania Dutch and being a submissive, quiet-spirited woman so she can marry Ephraim Mast. One requirement is that she forgives and has a relationship with her father who abandoned her when she was a child.
The Harvest of Grace is book 3 in the Ada's House Series by Cindy Woodsmall. Since I had not read the previous books, I had a difficult time keeping all the characters straight, many of whom were related by various connections. Woodsmall is very knowledgeable about the Amish and that shows in every detail of her writing. I have read quite a few Amish books, yet I learned more about their ways in this reading. I would have enjoyed it more if I had first read the others in the series, but it can stand alone with the summaries given at the beginning.
Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.
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This is the first book I had ever read by this author and one of the very few Amish fiction books I have read. I live in a rural community where a good percentage of the population is Amish so I have a good background with that. My personal experiences didn't make this book any easier to follow though. The book starts out with one of the many main characters, Sylvia at her home in Pennsylvania. A betrayal by people she loves causes her to flee her home in search of work on a farm about a 1/2 hour away. In the next few chapters, many years are skipped and many new characters are introduced. I found all of this incredibly hard to follow. I finally figured out who most of the characters were by the end of the book, but this didn't make the book and enjoyable read. It is a long book with many unimportant details. The 330 page book probably could have been more effective in about 200 pages. Nevertheless, the ending of the book was good, albeit predictable. I am not a huge fan of Amish fiction so I wouldn't recommend this book. If you are a reader who enjoys Amish fiction that is mostly sappy romance you will probably enjoy this book.
I recieved this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah publishing in exchange for my honest review.