I enjoyed the first book in the series so much I couldn't wait to get back to these characters and Cindy did not disappoint.
She throws you right back into the drama of Rhoda and the King brothers. The book opens with Rhoda being summoned to meet with the bishop and she knows this can't go well. I won't tell you what happens, but know there is high drama and you want to speak up for her and tell them to just leave her alone.
Samuel is struggling with his feelings for Rhoda and I found myself wanting them to find a way to be together without hurting Jacob. Is it possible?
Jacob is thrown into his past and it makes me mad that he won't be honest with Rhoda, you know it all has to explode in his face, right?
Again, I won't give anything away, you'll just have to get your own copy to see what happens. I enjoyed this book as much, if not more than, the first. If you enjoy Amish fiction and some romance,pick up a copy and start reading, you won't be sorry.
An ebook of this book was given to me by the publisher, Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group, in exchange for an honest review.
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!!!!!!!!!!