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 Reviews
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Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5Great conclusion to the trilogyJanuary 7, 2012Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The third book in the Ada's House series, this book brings the trilogy to a nice conclusion. I'm sad to say goodbye to the characters in this series. I'd love to find out what happened to them all later in life, but I guess that's where I can use my own imagination! It's just hard to end a series when you love the characters.
This book picks up where Aaron Blank has been to rehab and has gotten out. He desires to make things right with his family so he goes back to the farm to attempt reconciliation and to hopefully have his parents realize that they need to see the farm and move in with him to help run a store. His desire for farming has long left him and he is seeking a new start to life. While Aaron was in rehab, he didn't realize that his dad had hired a farm hand, Sylvia Fisher, to help run his farm.
Sylvia is not your typical Amish woman. She doesn't want to just stay home and raise babies. She loves her family's dairy farm, but a betrayal by her boyfriend and sister have caused her to run away from the farm to avoid reconciliation and to hid from the guilt. Her father meets Michael Blank and the two agree that Sylvia could work at the Blank farm. With Sylvia's love for the dairy farm and Aaron's strong intent on selling the farm, how will these two ever work together? What will end up happening to the farm? What will happen when Sylvia must come face to face with her guilt and how can it ever be reconciled?
That is the main story throughout the book, but you also have the story of Cara learning to forgive her father who abandoned her, Ephraim and Cara finding out how long they must wait to get married, Grey and Lena finding out if they will be able to have children without disabilities once they are married, Deborah and Jonathan taking steps toward marriage and Ada and Israel finally figuring out what they want in their relationship.
If you've read the first two, you must read this book. If you haven't read the first two, then do it and then get this one. Cindy writes in a way that makes you keep turning pages and makes you feel as though you are living your life among the Amish, even if it is just for the time that you are escaping to inside of the book.
I received this book free from Waterbrook Press through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
MyMrsOWisconsinAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Grace, Suspense and Amish Heritage!December 29, 2011MyMrsOWisconsinAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It was easy to be swept into the life of Old Order Amish in this third book, "The Harvest of Grace", from the Ada's House series, by Cindy Woodsmall.
Reeling from an unexpected betrayal, can Sylvia find relief from the echoes of her past_or will they shape her future forever?
Although Sylvia Fisher recognizes that most Old Order Amish women her age spend their hours managing a household and raising babies, she has just one focusâ€”tending and nurturing the herd on her family's dairy farm. But when a dangerous connection with an old beau forces her to move far from home, she decides to concentrate on a new start and pour her energy into reviving another family's debt-ridden farm.
I liked the determination and values of the main character, Sylvia. She struggles with the same issues all of us face each day. Being honest with others, wondering how our past mistakes can ever be forgiven, and finding hope in the simple things. When Sylvia takes time out to rest under a tree in the hot summer heat, or notices the strength that comes from generation after generation working to build a dairy farm, or the tenderness she gives to the little kittens she finds in the barn loft, you can almost believe you are there sharing those moments.
Sylvia has to learn to trust her new friends, too. Aaron, Grey, Cara, Ephraim, Trevor and the other families who all come to Ada's House, will bring you to appreciate traditional Amish events and the daily routines that are part of the Old Order Amish heritage. I would recommend this book for those who appreciate the Amish community and for those struggling with the issues of forgiveness and God's grace.
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Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author whose connection with the Amish community has been featured on ABC Nightline, in The Wall Street Journal, and in other media. She is the author of the Sisters of the Quilt series, The Sound of Sleigh Bells, and a nonfiction work, Plain Wisdom, which was written with her closest Old Order Amish friend. Cindy lives in Georgia with her family. Visit her website at CindyWoodsmall.com
"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review"
HayleyCentral OhioAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Book!December 29, 2011HayleyCentral OhioAge: 25-34Gender: femaleThe Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall is part of the Ada's House novels. This book has a very interesting story line and I really enjoyed reading it. Like most of Cindy Woodsmall's books this is novel takes place in an Amish community. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy reading about the Amish . Thanks to Blogging Books for providing me with a free copy for review.
Robin WallaceFloridaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A fulfilling ending to a great trilogyDecember 9, 2011Robin WallaceFloridaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Harvest of Grace
This is a story about the Amish. This last installment is about Sylvia and Aaron. They are two people who have a history that has challenged their past and future. They are likeable characters, well developed and kept me interested throughout the book. I would gladly recommend this story to friends. I believe this was a faithful installment to the series and provided readers a satisfying book. I have always enjoyed Ms. Woodsmall's books and always eager to read her next book. I am thankful to blogging for books for the free copy that provided me the opportunity to review The Harvest of Grace.
AnonymousBorger, TXAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Not So AmishDecember 4, 2011AnonymousBorger, TXAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book, The Harvest of Grace, centers around a young Amish woman named Sylvia Fisher. Sylvia is jilted by the young man who has been courting her....for her younger sister. And if that's not bad enough, her father gives the house her grandfather left to her to the newly married couple. As the oldest of nine daughters, Sylvia was very close to her grandfather--who taught her how to build the herd of milk cows and develop the land and crops for those cows. Sylvia would rather be outside working with the cattle than inside cooking or doing the normal things young Amish women do. Because of an indiscretion with her sister's husband (and her former boyfriend), Sylvia decides to leave her father's home and move 30 miles away to help a man with his dairy herd. This man's only child left home months earlier to go to a rehab for his alcohol addiction.
I didn't realize when I started reading this book that it is the third book in this series. For the most part, I could figure out what was going on. But there were huge gaps in the book that you wouldn't know what had happened unless you'd read the first two books. There were two or three story lines of other people's intersecting lives that were followed and several were from the "outside" and not Amish. Personally, I didn't think the true Amish flavor really came through. It was very distracting to follow so many non-Amish people when the Amish characters didn't seem all that Amish. But Cindy Woodsmall is a great story teller. In fact, I wouldn't put the book down after I began reading and read into the night.
I'd give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255