Saturday, July 30, 2011

An Amish Story with Rich Characters -- The Harvest of Grace

The 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.

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(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.)

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