In Cindy Woodsmall's Book 2 of the Amish Vines and Orchards series, The Winnowing Season opens days before the group of Amish is moving to start a new community in the state of Maine. The main characters and their families have purchased a new Apple Orchard in Maine after the devastation of the one they owned in their current state and community.
Rhonda Byler is a gentle, caring young Amish lady who has a gift that lets her intuitively see what is about to happen. She has ended up being viewed suspiciously because of this gift which is not accepted within Amish communities. The two King brothers, Jacob and Samuel, are leaders both in the apple orchard business and spiritually. Both are emotionally drawn to the lovely Rhonda Byler. Jacob has a past to hide and come to terms with.
Though this is a stand alone story, it is best to first read book one in the series so that the characters are better understood. The internal conflict of characters over whether to stay or leave their faith community and go establish one less restrictive is interesting. Recommended for those who enjoy good clean reading and for the young-adult to adult reader. There is no bad language or behavior.
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by Blogging for Books on behalf of the author and publisher to facilitate our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.
Rhoda Byler, and Amish woman with the unusual gift of being able to foretell things, is preparing to join several others moving to Maine to start an Amish community there. Rhoda hopes that moving to Maine will give her a fresh start, but once the group gets there she discovers more trouble waiting and more secrets waiting to be uncovered.
I thought that some parts of this book were a little creepy, like Rhoda's gift and the scenes with her sister Emma, but other than that it was an interesting book and pretty well-written. I felt like I missed out on part of the story by not reading the first book, but I still liked it.
Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah for sending me a free copy of The Winnowing Season in exchange for my honest review.
I enjoyed this novel almost as much as the first one! It was really good and kept me on my toes!
My thoughts about Samuel changed so much in this novel! In the first novel, I could not stand him because I thought he was rude and then he left Catherine hanging so I thought even less of him (especially after writing a letter to the church leaders concerning Rhoda's garden)! However, I came to truly respect him because despite all the chances he had to make a move on Rhoda while Jacob was done he did not...that is until the very end! All the respect I had for him up until that point went slightly down after he told Rhoda how he felt for her only to leave her hanging when Jacob got back! I did love to read about his spiritual growth and how it affected his relationship with Leah in a positive way!
My respect for Jacob went down a little bit too because he wasn't there to truly support Rhoda, but I knew he really loved her and that definitely showed when he went to the lawyer. The ending however really disappointed me because I thought he would really stick by Rhoda despite what happened at the end! I did however feel bad for him since he was being manipulated by Sandra.
Rhoda is probably still my favorite character, but Leah is right up there too! She has changed so much throughout "The Winnowing Season" and I do believe it's for the better! I am really looking forward to reading more about her journey in whether she will stay Amish or not! She has got a good head on her shoulders!
Overall, I thought this novel was great! I liked how the author threw in some twists and turns that left me breathless! Cindy does such a great job of also declaring what a real relationship with Christ is and how ultimately each individual has to make their own choice of following Jesus.
I received this book for free from Waterbrook Press in exchange for an honest review!
This series is simply one you do not want to miss. I have read book one and finished book two at 6 a.m. because I simply could not put it down. I cannot wait for the 3rd one to come out which your site states will be in August, not sure I can wait that long!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hats off to Cindy Woodsmall for this one. Yes, the 2nd one leaves you "hanging", so to speak but it is just a wonderful book!!!!!!!!!!!! I have about 170 Amish Fiction Books and this series ranks in the No. 1 category!! You will be sorry if you miss it!!!!!!!!!!
The Winnowing Season is book 2 in the series and follows A Season for Tending. The main female character is Rhoda Byler who has a gift of being able to intuitively know what is about to happen. Some call this a hunch. Some call it "second sight." But some deem it witchcraft or evil. But Rhoda has lived with this gift virtually her entire life and has learned to suppress and hide it from the people around her. Because, you see, the Amish deem it evil. But Rhoda is a woman of God and one who seeks His will in all she does.
Next we have Jacob and Samuel King, owners of the fabled King Apple Orchards and brothers. Both men have begun to love Rhoda but Jacob seems to be winning the courtship.
The story begins in book two on the heels of a devastating tornado that brought ruin to Kings Orchard. A group of Amish from the community have sought out new land in Maine and are leaving to begin a totally new Amish community in Maine. Rhoda is especially looking forward to a new life in a new community freed from the whispers and seeming hatred of her current Amish community. Before they can leave, though, Rhoda is called before the controlling and governing body of Amish pastors regarding her "gift."
It is difficult to understand the concept of church government and judging as is followed in the Amish communities unless one has been exposed personally to such. This meeting has strictly observed rules, regulations, and order peculiar to the Amish. It needs to be understood that there would be differences in communities of Amish believers so they would not all follow this plan. The matter for Rhoda is ultimately resolved and the group leaves for Maine.
This story line involves a lot of conflict between individuals and brings to light the possible harshness that can exist in the life of seemingly peaceful, plain folk.
As I have come to expect, Cindy Woodsmall has again produced a very good read that is clean and a joy to read. But then, we would expect such from a New York Times Best-Selling Author of Christian fiction. I am looking forward to the September 2013 release of book 3 in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series - Every Season.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of The Winnowing Season from Blogging for Books on behalf of Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group and the author in exchange for my honest opinion. No other goods were exchanged. Opinions expressed are solely my own.