The Harvest of Grace: Book 3 in the Ada's House Amish Romance Series - eBookCindy WoodsmallWaterBrook / 2011 / ePub$11.994.5 Stars Out Of 5 60 ReviewsAvailability: In StockStock No: WW21163EB
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michoroseTucson, AZAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I think Cindy Woodsmall might just be my favoriteAugust 1, 2011michoroseTucson, AZAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I think Cindy Woodsmall might just be my favorite new fiction author. After her "Sisters of the Quilt" Series I had to read another one of her books. I didn't realize "The Harvest of Grace" was #3 in the Ada's House book series so now I have to read the 1st two. I just downloaded Book #1 in this series. The eBook of Cindy's first book in the Ada's House series, "The Hope of Refuge," is specially priced at only $1.99 for a limited time! That's a steal I couldn't pass up! Click here to choose how you would like to purchase and download.
I love Cindy's characters in this story. Cara and her daughter escaped a stalker and is now living amongst the Amish community. She is learning the language and going to classes so she can marry the love of her life. She in confronted with her father, who was never around growing up because his next drink was always more important. Then there's Sylvia who wasn't yet ready to say yes when her "beau" asked her to marry him. The next day he had asked her little sister instead. She is a strong female and could run a dairy farm on her own if she had to. After her and her ex had a confrontation in the barn, she had to get away. Her dad eventually let her leave to work on another farm where they had no children. Then we have Lena, with a birthmark on half of her face she probably never thought she would find her true love. But boy did he ever! She got quite a catch! Grey is a widower and to respect his dead wife's parents, he and Lena had to hide their affection for each other from the public. Only their closest friends/family new about their love for each other. Grey's dead wife's only brother returns home after completing rehab to offer his family a different lifestyle than farming. You would think Aaron's parents would be happy to see him, but there was a lot of anger there. So many relationships and all the struggles that come with them. They learn to rely on God. They realize they have to let go of pride and let God restore them. A lot of things happening in this story and everything works out. I love happy endings. Thank you again Cindy Woodsmall!
* Book Signing Tour!
Cindy will kick off her The Harvest of Grace book signing tour with a stop at Lifeway in Memphis, TN on August 9th. She'll also be meeting fans and signing books in Arkansas (Conway, Little Rock, Harrison, Rogers, Jonesboro), Oklahoma (Tulsa, Oklahoma City) Kansas (Topeka), and Missouri (Kansas City, St. Louis, Branson, Springfield). If you live in any of these stops, Cindy would love to meet you! Details are available here.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah for my honest review.
Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5An Amish Story with Rich CharactersJuly 30, 2011Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Harvest of Grace, the third of Cindy Woodsmall's Ada's House novels, was a delight to read, with its multiple story lines and rich, complex characters.
Sylvia Fisher is betrayed by the man she is expecting to marry and decides that she must leave the people and farm she loves. Working hard to help another family save their struggling dairy business seems to be the way to escape her hurt and loneliness. But her plans are disrupted by the unexpected return of the Blanks' wayward son, Aaron, who has other ideas for his family's future. Sylvia's life becomes more complicated as she deals with issues of her heart, toward God, her family, and others.
Old friends from the previous Ada's House novels are prominent characters in this story as well. Cara continues to try to prepare herself for acceptance into the Amish church and marriage to Ephraim but finds that she has lingering hurt and anger standing in her way. Lena and Grey, Deborah and Jonathan, and Ada and Israel work their way through various issues in their relationships.
One of the things I enjoyed the most in this series was Cindy's development of such rich, authentic characters. Many of the individuals had deep, complex issues to deal with. As they dealt with those issues, she showed how they struggled with themselves, with other people, and with God to learn lessons of forgiveness and to enjoy the fruits of the harvest of His grace.
(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.)
247mama4 Stars Out Of 5Review: The Harvest of GraceJuly 29, 2011247mamaQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall is the third installment of The Ada's House Novels. I didn't realize this when I choose it. I generally prefer to read series in order. Thankfully Ms. Woodsmall gave a very handy history of the series at the beginning of the book. It was not hard to get into the story and get a good idea of everyone's history, but I look forward to getting the first two and delving into those.
I enjoyed this Amish love story. Sylvia leaves her Amish settlement and her family after a very difficult and embarrassing situation. Aaron has been away from his Amish family undergoing rehab for alcoholism and now he's ready to go home to help his parents. They find themselves together on Aaron's family farm. Sylvia is not a traditional Amish girl. She loves dairy farming and is determined to make the farm profitable. Aaron hasn't enjoyed farming in a long time and he wants the farm sold and a new path in life. Through ups and downs, ins and outs Aaron and Sylvia find some common ground in their uncommon lives.
I enjoyed this read. It was a good fiction story. There has been a recent crop of Amish documentarys, stories, and more recently. I am entrigued by the Amish was of life and enjoy reading about them in fiction and nonfiction form. If you love a gentle love story, pick up The Harvest of Grace!
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All opinions are my own.
Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great story!July 28, 2011Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Cindy Woodsmall's "The Harvest of Grace" is the third book in her Ada's House series. This is a great story and different from a "typical" Amish novel, but very enjoyable to read.
Sylvia would rather tend to the animals and work on the dairy farm than be married and have babies. Sylvia has had her heart broken though and it is easier to focus on the animals than love. Aaron has been away at rehab, but he returns to help his parents and their farm that is not doing well. However, there is something else there taking over and Sylvia is not one to give in easily. Aaron and Sylvia have their differences, yet also their similarities. Learning to forgive, forget and still have hope and believe in love are lessons throughout this story.
I like the fact that Woodmall included a summary of what had happened in the first two novels in this series as it was a great reminder of the story so that I was "caught up" as to where the story was at. Also, the character list is a great addition as it is often difficult to keep the many characters straight as to who is who and how they are connected with one another. Many of the characters struggle with things the same any "Englisher" would and I think that added more appeal to the story. This is a great read and I would recommend all three books in the series.
*I received a complimentary copy from Waterbrook Press in exchange for a honest review.*
StoryGirlAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great BuyJuly 23, 2011StoryGirlAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Though I've read Amish fiction from Beverly Lewis and one or two of Wanda E. Brunsetter's Amish books, I had never read any from Cindy Woodsmall. The Harvest of Grace is the third in the Ada's House of Hope series, and I enjoyed it.
I can't remember the last book I read that I enjoyed a relationship as much as Sylvia and Aaron's. Their hilarious conversations- from their first meeting onward- coaxed smiles from my face and even a giggle or two may have escaped my lips. I was almost always impatient when the scene switched to the other characters, because I enjoyed them so much! I found (most) of the other characters likable. It didn't have any villains per say, but I did want to slap Elam upside the head and give him a good piece of my mind. I got annoyed with Cara a couple of times, too (but I can't really compare her to Elam...that guy was a jerk).
I hadn't read the other books in this series, so I was grateful for the section at the front of the book that summarized the first books in the series. Still, I would recommend reading The Hope of Refuge and The Bridge of Peace before tackling The Harvest of Grace.
This book was a change of pace for me from other Amish books I have read, and there were several times I raised my eyebrows and wondered if a few things were actually accurate. The attitudes of many of the characters seemed a little more "worldly" than I usually think of those of the Amish faith having (by worldly I don't mean inappropriate, just...not Amish). I'm no expert on the Amish, though, so take my words with a grain of salt.
Despite this, I found this book very enjoyable, and I would recommend it to any one who like Amish fiction.
I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah publishers in exchange for my honest review.