The Winnowing Season picks up where A Season for Tending leaves off. But the hope for a new beginning in Maine is clouded when on the eve of their move Rhoda is called to appear before the church elders and Jacob's past calls him away.
With such a start what does Maine hold for the King and Byler families?
As trouble follows them from Pennsylvania to Orchard Bend, Maine Rhoda begins to wonder why she seems to attract trouble wherever she goes. As Rhoda struggles with trying to ignore her gift she also has to deal with Jacob's absence and Samuel's distant behavior.
Samuel is keeping a secret that could destroy what they are trying to create and Jacob's past could destroy the growing relationship he and Rhoda are nurturing. Leah is planning to use this move as a chance spread her wings and to learn more about the English world and she wants Landon's help to do it. As the King siblings and Rhoda try to discover who they really are a new danger threatens to destroy them from the outside.
Can they be true to their promises or will they fall before their testing is completed? Only time will tell....
The Winnowing Season is a fabulous follow-up to A Season of Tending as the characters grow in their relationships with one another. One feels so much for Rhoda as she has to deal with the suspicions of those around her as well as Jacob's absences. Samuel's confusion about his partnership/friendship with Rhoda and his loyalty to his brother are both touching and at time exacerbating in the extreme.
I am looking forward to the third book in the Amish Vines and Gardens series and hope for a happier ending and also answers to Rhoda's intuitions that were plaguing her in regard to her new neighbors. I liked the struggles that these characters were wrestling with as it made them more relatable and sympathetic. Though Jacob really needed to get a backbone a little sooner, in my opinion, in his dealings with Sandra.
"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."
Rhoda Byler looks forward to getting a fresh start. Her business partners, Samuel and Jacob King, and she have bought a run down orchard in Maine. They are going to get it up and running again. A few others from their community go with them to start an Amish community there.
Rhoda hopes that her sister's death will no longer haunt her after the move. Or that her intuitions will follow her there. While she feels they are from God they have caused nothing but trouble for her. People fear that she is practising witchcraft.
Jacob has a past from being in the English world that he can't escape. Even after the move, Jacob has to hide because of his past, which threatens to ruin his romantic relationship with Rhoda.
Samuel can't fight what's in his heart. He wants to be loyal to his brother and Rhoda. He's doing his best to keep his feelings to himself, so much that he's hurting his friendship with Rhoda.
The main characters have really changed since the series started. Rhoda is slowly letting Emma go and not even realizing it. Samuel has learned to relax, even if it's only a little. And Jacob is letting his guard down and told Samuel and Rhoda about his time in the English world.
By the end of the book, the orchard is beginning to take shape. Rhoda, Jacob, and Samuel have taken steps to resolve their individual issues only to encounter more problems that have to be worked out. I once again have to patiently wait to read about them in the next book.
Cindy Woodsmall makes me feels like I know the characters in this book. They are all so likeable, even with their faults. I looked forward to reading this story and wasn't disappointed. It is just as good as the first book. I can't wait to find out how everything comes together in the last book of the series.
I received a free copy of this book from The Christian Manifesto and Multnomah/Waterbook in exchange for my honest review.
I picked this particular book because of the author, Cindy Woodsmall. Having just finished the series, Sisters of the Quilt, I was looking forward to another good series. However, I may have set my expectations too high. Just so you know, I still enjoyed this book, however I selected a book that was the second in the series. Unlike my previous luck, I found it difficult to truly understand what all I had missed in the previous book. The second, seemed more like a mish-mash of chatter. Found it a little harder to follow along, and realized that I desperately needed to read the first book in this particular series to understand exactly what was going on. Perhaps to understand the situation between her and her sister Emma.
Another thing I found a bit discerning, is that I kept getting confused about this being a story about Amish primarily. Yes, there were some Englishers mixed in, but not enough to have created such a turmoil in my reading. This was one book that I admit, I did some re-reading to try and understand what I may have missed.
I do look forward to reading the third book in this series, if anything to understand exactly what is going on and where the story is taking us. What Rhoda's situation is with her current insight into things. Her future romance. Those, created enough interest that I want to know what is happening. However, it is unlikely that I would return to this particular series and reread it or recommend to others.
WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group provided this book to me for free in exchange for this honest review as part of their Blogging for Books program.
I enjoyed the first book in the series so much I couldn't wait to get back to these characters and Cindy did not disappoint.
She throws you right back into the drama of Rhoda and the King brothers. The book opens with Rhoda being summoned to meet with the bishop and she knows this can't go well. I won't tell you what happens, but know there is high drama and you want to speak up for her and tell them to just leave her alone.
Samuel is struggling with his feelings for Rhoda and I found myself wanting them to find a way to be together without hurting Jacob. Is it possible?
Jacob is thrown into his past and it makes me mad that he won't be honest with Rhoda, you know it all has to explode in his face, right?
Again, I won't give anything away, you'll just have to get your own copy to see what happens. I enjoyed this book as much, if not more than, the first. If you enjoy Amish fiction and some romance,pick up a copy and start reading, you won't be sorry.
An ebook of this book was given to me by the publisher, Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group, in exchange for an honest review.