The Winnowing Season

winnowing seasonFor those of you who haven’t yet discovered Cindy Woodsmall let me give you a little background first from her own blog:

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author who has written a dozen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy’s been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life.

She is also a veteran homeschool mom who no longer holds that position. As her children progressed in age, her desire to write grew stronger. After working through reservations whether this desire was something she should pursue, she began her writing journey. Her husband was her staunchest supporter as she aimed for what seemed impossible.

She’s won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer’s Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings’ Best Books of the Year. She’s been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.

Cindy has come out with her new book The Winnowing Season: Amish Vines and Orchards Book 2 and it doesn’t disappoint. Here is a bit about the book before I get to the review:

The tornado that devastated Kings’ Orchard pushed Rhoda, Samuel, and Jacob to make a new start in Maine. Are they strong enough to withstand the challenges of establishing an Amish community—and brave enough to face the secrets that move with them?  

On the eve of their departure to begin a new Old Order Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is shocked to discover that choices made by her business partner and friend, Samuel King, have placed her and her unusual gifts directly into the path of her district’s bishop and preachers. She is furious with Samuel and is fearful that the Kings will be influenced by the way her leaders see her, and not what they know to be true—that Rhoda’s intuition is a gift from God.

Jacob King won’t be swayed by community speculation. He loves Rhoda, believes in her, and wants to build a future with her in Maine. But when the ghosts of his past come calling and require him to fulfill a great debt, can he shake their hold before it destroys what he has with Rhoda? Samuel has a secret of his own—one he’ll go to great lengths to keep hidden, even if it means alienating those closest to him. Throwing himself into rehabilitating the once-abandoned orchard, Samuel turns to a surprising new ally.

Can the three faithfully follow God’s leading and build a new home and orchard in Maine? Or will this new beginning lead to more ruin and heartbreak?

So we rejoin Rhoda, Samuel, and Jacob as they embark on starting a new Amish community in Maine. This second book starts right where the first leaves off. It begins when Rhoda, Samuel and Jacob are suppose to be heading to Maine. I won’t give away any spoilers but it doesn’t work out the way they plan.

Among all the hardship that is facing them, trouble still seems to follow Rhoda wherever she goes. Now they are faced with a rough move, no community support, an outside world trying to get involved in their lives, and can Rhoda stop hearing her sister Emma? This book was just as good as the first.

I loved the chemistry between the characters in this book. There was something different about this book than other Amish books that I have read. Rhoda, Samuel and Jacob’s struggles seemed very authentic. Their reactions to problems in their lives seemed more real as well. What a blessing it could be that with everything all of us could go to God instead of being distracted by worldly things. One can learn so much from Amish ways.

The Winnowing Season is worth taking the time to read. I look forward to book three in the Amish Vines and Orchard’s Series. (Which is suppose to be due out later this year!!!) I think Cindy Woodsmall just got moved up a few on my authors to watch out for list.

I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my honest opinion. No other goods were exchanged.

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