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  1. The Winnowing Season, Amish Vines and Orchards Series #2
    The Winnowing Season, Amish Vines and Orchards Series #2
    Cindy Woodsmall
    WaterBrook Press / 2013 / Trade Paperback
    $11.99 Retail: $14.99 Save 20% ($3.00)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 36 Reviews
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  1. North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Great Amish Read!
    August 1, 2013
    My Book Addiction
    North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    THE WINNOWING SEASON by Cindy Woodsmall is an interesting Contemporary Amish Fiction set in Maine. #2 in "The Winnowing Season", while you can read this as a stand alone, I would recommend reading book 1 first, "A Season for Tending" to acquaint yourself with the characters. Join Jacob King, Samuel King, and Rhoda Byler on a journey of faith,secrets, heartbreak, healing,forgiveness,an usual gift and a love triangle. A cast of complex characters with compelling and complex problems. You do not want to miss this epic tale of disaster,alienation,the Amish community and wine orchards. Fast paced, with a compelling plot that is intriguing and as well as heartfelt. Another Amish great read for this author. Received for an honest review from the publisher,Waterbrook Press

    RATING: 4

    HEAT RATING: SWEET

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction andMore
  2. Eastern Virginia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great author! Glad I discovered her.
    July 25, 2013
    Wini
    Eastern Virginia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    I especially enjoyed the character development of the main characters and liked each one. I started with Book 2 and enjoyed it without the previous Book 1. The weaving of the Amish world with the English world was more pronounced with an English main character who becomes involved with the Amish. How this can end happily for all characters is hard to imagine, so I look forward to Book 3. I will look forward to reading other books in the future by the author.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 15, 2013
    Fitzysmom
    One of the many things that I appreciate about Cindy Woodsmall's series is that they seem to come out in pretty quick succession. Even with that it is still sometimes hard to immediately remember what happened in the last book and where we are at in the story. At the beginning of each of her subsequent books is a short synopsis of what has occurred in the story up to this point. I really wish more authors and publishers would adopt this practice.

    This installment picks up where the first book left off. Samuel is still smitten with Rhoda but he can't act on those feelings because his younger brother Jacob is actively pursuing her. Samuel and Rhoda are amazing business partners but could they be life partners as well?

    Samuel makes decisions out of his passionate nature and does so in the pursuit of truth and justice. The problem is that in that quest he winds up hurting the very one he meant to protect. I find myself so frustrated with his stubbornness. He always thinks he's right!

    Jacob makes me crazy too. If he would just tell the truth about things it would not only allow others to help him, but it would give him the freedom to begin to set things right.

    Rhoda is such an interesting and complex personality. I admire her ability to stand up to constant ridicule from those around her. One of the things that has me scratching my head is her willingness to cover up for Jacob. When will she realize that she's not helping by allowing him to continually escape detection and repeatedly shirk his responsibilities to the group?

    I have to say that I had the same exact reaction to the ending of this book as I had to the first one and many of Cindy's other books as well. It went something like this, "What . . . that can't be the end!" I would then frantically flip a few pages just to see if I had missed something. Nope . . . another cliffhanger! It is a very good thing that the next book in the series, For Every Season, is scheduled to release in August 2013. I can hardly wait!

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
  4. NM
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Amish read!!!
    July 11, 2013
    ASC Book Reviews
    NM
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What an excellent sequel! I absolutely LOVED IT!!! From the beginning I though Rhoda was with the wrong brother. Don't get me wrong I love Jacob but I loved Samuel first! LOL! That said I was on the edge of my seat ready to read this sequel because of the way the first one ended! In The Winnowing Season feelings fly and who will end up still together by the end? This can be a stand alone book because there is a catch up in the beginning. So if you missed A Season for Tending (I suggest you get it and catch up!) but you don't have to because Cindy will tell you the highlights of what you missed before taking you forward. I love the relationships in this story with Landon, Leah, Phoebe and Steven thrown into this mix I grew to love each character for there own right. From the beginning I was surprised by the events happening; after we left them in Maine in the first book I had in my head how I thought things where gonna go. I was a bit wrong! LOL! Actually Cindy comes up with scenes that I NEVER saw coming and I LOVED THEM!!! With trouble lurking around nearly every corner The Winnowing Season really shows the ups and downs people can have in this life. But it also holds the message that if you trust and have faith in God's will and timing everything will turn out okay, and of how there are different paths for all of us. God has His plan for us and others and we need to learn that we can't always control what those paths or plans are. (A lesson some of us {ME!} have had to learn the hard way) I have my suspicions of how certain things will tie together and I can't wait to see if I'm right! :D Mystery, stress, joy, love, pain, surprise, lies, faith, friends, family, choices, and excitement are all swirled into a wonderful story! I can't WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE!!!

    I must compliment Cindy on having a glossary of Pennsylvania Dutch in the back of her book. While those of us that have read enough Amish books to translate Pen. Dutch as we read, I always love when I see the courtesy of a glossary. New Amish readers will be greatly helped with the translations and it never hurts to double check and make sure you really know what they just said! :D

    Songs that go with this book and are taken right from the pages are: "Stand by Your Man" Tammy Wynette, "You Raise Me Up" by Sung Ji Song, "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" by Amy Grant

    Exodus 14:14

    ~ASC
  5. Johnstown, CO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Wanted resolution at the end, but to be continued!
    July 3, 2013
    Janet Albertson
    Johnstown, CO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Winnowing Season is book two in the Amish Vines and Orchards series. It starts out with a recap of A Season for Tending, which I appreciated since I would not have known what was going on without that help. The main characters are Rhoda Byler and the two brothers who love her, Samuel and Jacob King. In book one, the Kings' apple orchard and their community was devastated by a tornado. Rhoda, her brother's family, and the Kings are moving to Maine from Pennsylvania to start over in an abandoned orchard and begin a new Amish community as other relatives join them. Rhoda is in partnership with the Kings because of her horticulture experience and canning expertise. Jacob has many secrets from his past, which still have a grip on his life, causing him to be absent from the workload and his relationship with Rhoda every time she needs him. Samuel is always there, steady, interfering, and usually in conflict with Rhoda.

    Rhoda has several issues in her life that cause her pain; she feels guilty that her sister was murdered and she had not kept it from happening. She has insights into people's lives that have caused the Amish leaders to be suspicious of her. She is anxious to move far away from her church family because the treatment she has received has been painful. She is misunderstood and taken advantage of by non-Amish, as Jacob is, because of the naiveté of the sheltered lives they have lived.

    The very sad part of this book to me is that the characters want to please God, but think pleasing God is all wrapped up in obeying the church leaders and the written and unwritten code of the Amish. I don't get the sense that anyone has a personal relationship with Jesus as Savior.

    At the end of the book, none of the conflicts have been resolved. Obviously, at least one more book is upcoming. I am a fan of Cindy Woodsmall on Facebook and this week, she asked what color of wedding dress Rhoda should have; so I assume the next book will resolve the triangle love situation in this one.

    I received this e-book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for my honest review.
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