This is one of the best series of Amish Fiction I have read, and I believe I have read a great many. This one is truly fascinating and leaves you wondering what is going to happen between Samuel and Rhoda. I love all the Amish Fiction but some are better than others and this series is among the BEST!!!! I can hardly wait for the next one to come out in April of 2014.
Rhoda has my heart torn....some moments, I want her with Jacob and some moments, I am sure she belongs with Samuel. Even Rhoda doesn't really seem to know her own heart. The two brothers are certainly at odds over the beautiful intuitive "seer". Can you imagine being given the gift of "seeing and knowing things" by God? Many in her own family and certainly her former community have rejected her because of this gift.
Can Rhoda ever see it as a true gift or calling from God, instead of the curse it seems to be for her? Can she ever reconcile her feelings for the men in her life? I agonized with her as I read, for I wanted her to be happy and to have the wonderful Amish husband, children, and home that she so desires.
So many people say that they value the Amish lifestyle because of its simplicity and peace. Rhoda, Samuel, and Jacob have everything except simplicity and peace in their daily dealings on the orchard and in their personal lives. And just as I get to the last page, I think with relief that all the problems will be resolved, and they are NOT!!! I find out that I have to wait for book 4 in the series to come out in 2014. Seriously, Cindy Woodsmall, you are going to make me WAIT to find out what happens for my favorite characters?? sigh, I guess I have no choice, do I, for I am hopelessly hooked!
I received a free copy of this book from bloggingforbooks and Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
For Every Season: Book Three in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series
Book Summary: Working hard to develop a new Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is fully committed to rehabilitating an orchard with business partner Samuel King. But an impulsive decision has created an unexpected strain in her relationship with her beau, Samuel's brother, Jacob, threatening plans for the orchard. Amidst mounting tension in matters of the heart and business, Rhoda finds that this fledging settlement feels like the home she has always longed for, and she begins to embrace the God-given, heightened intuition that has always felt like a burden to her. She longs for Jacob to fully be free of his past, so they can work towards the future together.
But as Rhoda uses her gift to unpack an old secret with her Englisch neighbors, it is not her beau but an unlikely ally that cheers her on. With the orchard on shaky ground and Jacob's plans in question, Rhoda is determined to see things through to harvest. But can she trust her insight to direct her path in matters of the heart?
Review: I have grown to love this series more and more! There were so many great things about this particular book in the series. 1st More of the main characters Rhoda, Samuel and Jacob. 2nd Interesting twists with the characters and the story line. 3rd The secondary characters are a huge bonus to the books. I was so looking forward to the conclusion (even though I know there is another book coming). The reigning question who does Rhoda choose?! I just had to know. I know who I wanted but how would it look and how would it come about. It was all worth reading and waiting for! But the end seemed abrupt and disjointed. Like someone took the last 10-20 pages off and I would be left with hundreds of questions. I guess that is why there is now a 4th book__ I am glad with the results I just would like it to be happy. I felt deflated and out of sorts when the end came.
I would like to thank Library Thing and Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
When you begin a book thinking your questions will be answered about the previous two books only to realize halfway through that there is a fourth in the series.... well it was a bit of a let down.
In my opinion there isn't enough story between Rhoda, Samuel and Jacob to have a fourth book. There was barely enough to finish the third. Woodsmall seemed to keep reminding us over and over again of what had happened in the previous books. It was getting very repetitive.
I like most of the characters and the chemistry between them all good for the first two books but this one just fell flat. I may still read the fourth but honestly I am not sure. I was really surprised by this because Woodsmall's standards are usually a bit higher.
I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
Most authors write series is sets of three. Thus, I was expecting this book to finally answer some questions - not just keep leading the reader on to continue buying books. One minor answer is given at the end of book one, two, and three. REALLY? Plus, the answers are not satisfying in the least. My favorite character is Landon - the only truly honest person in this series - and he is English! Quite disappointing, from an author, who in the best has written with a beginning-middle-end for her books; while keeping anticipation high.