Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Continuing Story -- For Every Season

In For Every Season Cindy Woodsmall shares an intriguing story with well-developed characters whom the reader comes to really care about.  For anyone who has read the first two books in the Amish Vines and Orchards series, most of the characters and the main story lines are familiar.  Watching the characters learn more about themselves and each other and seeing how the details of their struggling community play out keep the interest level high.  In her signature style, Cindy weaves into the story a lot of  information about the Amish way of life with much feeling and sensitivity.

A couple of things keep this from being my favorite of Cindy's books, though.  At this point in the series, there are so many characters, each with their own struggles, that keeping up with all of them can be somewhat trying.  Also, Rhoda's "gift" has seemed a little bit of an uncomfortable fit throughout this Amish series.

All in all, though, I consider this a good read and would recommend it to fans of Amish fiction.  I am looking forward to seeing how the series wraps up in the fourth installment, due out next spring.

Thanks to the Blogging for Books program for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book

Working hard to develop a new Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is fully committed to rehabilitating an orchard with business partner Samuel King. But an impulsive decision has created an unexpected strain in her relationship with her beau, Samuel’s brother, Jacob, threatening plans for the orchard. Amidst mounting tension in matters of the heart and business, Rhoda finds that this fledging settlement feels like the home she has always longed for, and she begins to embrace the God-given, heightened intuition that has always felt like a burden to her. She longs for Jacob to fully be free of his past, so they can work towards the future together.

But as Rhoda uses her gift to unpack an old secret with her Englisch neighbors, it is not her beau but an unlikely ally that cheers her on. With the orchard on shaky ground and Jacob’s plans in question, Rhoda is determined to see things through to harvest. But can she trust her insight to direct her path in matters of the heart?

About the Author

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author of numerous works of fiction and one of nonfiction. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured widely in national media. She lives in the Foothills of the North Georgia Mountains with her family.  Learn more about Cindy and here books at www.cindywoodsmall.com.

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