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  1. The Winnowing Season, Amish Vines and Orchards Series #2
    The Winnowing Season, Amish Vines and Orchards Series #2
    Cindy Woodsmall
    WaterBrook / 2013 / Trade Paperback
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    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 37 Reviews
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  1. midwest
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Can Rhonda ignore her gift or just accept it
    August 12, 2013
    shannon
    midwest
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Winnowing Season is book 2 of the Amish Vines and Orchards series. I had not read book 1 when I requested this book for review. So I hopped on to the library website so I could read it before. While it is not necessary to read book 1 before it does help out a lot and gives you all the background to the characters and their decisions/ actions in book 2.

    The Winnowing Season picks up where book 1 left off. However if you would grab this one not knowing it's a book 2 there is a brief summary to catch you up some. Rhonda has a gift she was blessed with she can sense things. This scares the Amish community, they think it must be some kind of evil doing. They just don't get her gift. All Rhonda wants is a fresh clean start in Maine. She tries her hardest to ignore her gift. She feels alone and kinda abandoned in Maine, with Samuel being detached and distant and Jacob hiding from his past. Can this new run down orchard be the answer to all their prayers? Or the one thing that destroys every prayer for a new beginning the have?

    Cindy Woodsmall does a great job at writing about the Amish and English world and has them mixing. Her writing is realistic and well written. She writes characters that continue to grow with each book and I can't wait to read more about the characters and the path she is leading them down in book 3.

    Thank you blogging for books for allowing me to review The Winnowing Season.
  2. North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Great Amish Read!
    August 1, 2013
    My Book Addiction
    North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    THE WINNOWING SEASON by Cindy Woodsmall is an interesting Contemporary Amish Fiction set in Maine. #2 in "The Winnowing Season", while you can read this as a stand alone, I would recommend reading book 1 first, "A Season for Tending" to acquaint yourself with the characters. Join Jacob King, Samuel King, and Rhoda Byler on a journey of faith,secrets, heartbreak, healing,forgiveness,an usual gift and a love triangle. A cast of complex characters with compelling and complex problems. You do not want to miss this epic tale of disaster,alienation,the Amish community and wine orchards. Fast paced, with a compelling plot that is intriguing and as well as heartfelt. Another Amish great read for this author. Received for an honest review from the publisher,Waterbrook Press

    RATING: 4

    HEAT RATING: SWEET

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction andMore
  3. Eastern Virginia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great author! Glad I discovered her.
    July 25, 2013
    Wini
    Eastern Virginia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    I especially enjoyed the character development of the main characters and liked each one. I started with Book 2 and enjoyed it without the previous Book 1. The weaving of the Amish world with the English world was more pronounced with an English main character who becomes involved with the Amish. How this can end happily for all characters is hard to imagine, so I look forward to Book 3. I will look forward to reading other books in the future by the author.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 15, 2013
    Fitzysmom
    One of the many things that I appreciate about Cindy Woodsmall's series is that they seem to come out in pretty quick succession. Even with that it is still sometimes hard to immediately remember what happened in the last book and where we are at in the story. At the beginning of each of her subsequent books is a short synopsis of what has occurred in the story up to this point. I really wish more authors and publishers would adopt this practice.

    This installment picks up where the first book left off. Samuel is still smitten with Rhoda but he can't act on those feelings because his younger brother Jacob is actively pursuing her. Samuel and Rhoda are amazing business partners but could they be life partners as well?

    Samuel makes decisions out of his passionate nature and does so in the pursuit of truth and justice. The problem is that in that quest he winds up hurting the very one he meant to protect. I find myself so frustrated with his stubbornness. He always thinks he's right!

    Jacob makes me crazy too. If he would just tell the truth about things it would not only allow others to help him, but it would give him the freedom to begin to set things right.

    Rhoda is such an interesting and complex personality. I admire her ability to stand up to constant ridicule from those around her. One of the things that has me scratching my head is her willingness to cover up for Jacob. When will she realize that she's not helping by allowing him to continually escape detection and repeatedly shirk his responsibilities to the group?

    I have to say that I had the same exact reaction to the ending of this book as I had to the first one and many of Cindy's other books as well. It went something like this, "What . . . that can't be the end!" I would then frantically flip a few pages just to see if I had missed something. Nope . . . another cliffhanger! It is a very good thing that the next book in the series, For Every Season, is scheduled to release in August 2013. I can hardly wait!

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
  5. NM
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Amish read!!!
    July 11, 2013
    ASC Book Reviews
    NM
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What an excellent sequel! I absolutely LOVED IT!!! From the beginning I though Rhoda was with the wrong brother. Don't get me wrong I love Jacob but I loved Samuel first! LOL! That said I was on the edge of my seat ready to read this sequel because of the way the first one ended! In The Winnowing Season feelings fly and who will end up still together by the end? This can be a stand alone book because there is a catch up in the beginning. So if you missed A Season for Tending (I suggest you get it and catch up!) but you don't have to because Cindy will tell you the highlights of what you missed before taking you forward. I love the relationships in this story with Landon, Leah, Phoebe and Steven thrown into this mix I grew to love each character for there own right. From the beginning I was surprised by the events happening; after we left them in Maine in the first book I had in my head how I thought things where gonna go. I was a bit wrong! LOL! Actually Cindy comes up with scenes that I NEVER saw coming and I LOVED THEM!!! With trouble lurking around nearly every corner The Winnowing Season really shows the ups and downs people can have in this life. But it also holds the message that if you trust and have faith in God's will and timing everything will turn out okay, and of how there are different paths for all of us. God has His plan for us and others and we need to learn that we can't always control what those paths or plans are. (A lesson some of us {ME!} have had to learn the hard way) I have my suspicions of how certain things will tie together and I can't wait to see if I'm right! :D Mystery, stress, joy, love, pain, surprise, lies, faith, friends, family, choices, and excitement are all swirled into a wonderful story! I can't WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE!!!

    I must compliment Cindy on having a glossary of Pennsylvania Dutch in the back of her book. While those of us that have read enough Amish books to translate Pen. Dutch as we read, I always love when I see the courtesy of a glossary. New Amish readers will be greatly helped with the translations and it never hurts to double check and make sure you really know what they just said! :D

    Songs that go with this book and are taken right from the pages are: "Stand by Your Man" Tammy Wynette, "You Raise Me Up" by Sung Ji Song, "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" by Amy Grant

    Exodus 14:14

    ~ASC
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