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A Season For Tending (The Amish Vines and Orchards)
A Season For Tending - The Amish Vines and Orchards
Author: Cindy Woodsmall
Old Order Amish Samuel King needs to keep the family apple orchard profitable in a day when corporate farming has taken over. Thirty miles away, Rhoda Byler is known for her — green thumb and successful canning business, but her father must take back her two-acre grove. Samuel believes he has an answer to both of their business needs, but when he...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781594154270
ISBN-10: 1594154279
Publication Date: 10/19/2012
Edition: Lrg
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Publisher: Christian Large Print
Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 4
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Moonpie avatar reviewed A Season For Tending (The Amish Vines and Orchards) on + 1099 more book reviews
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I can always count on Cindy Woodsmall for a good book, and A Season For Tending was just that! Rhoda Byler is a young Amish woman with a strong discernment for the needs of others and a true gift of using herbs as medicine. Unfortunately, one in her Amish community that has a grievance against her has led many to believe she delves in magic. She and her family suffers greatly because of the gossip and slander. In spite of the hardships her family remains close and supports her.
She is a gentle, peace loving woman, but one true to her convictions. Isolated by wagging tongues she finds her joy and purpose in her magnificent garden. Her green thumb and love and knowledge of plants makes it produce like no other, which unfortunately fuels the fire the wagging tongues fan. From this amazing garden, she has created a small but successful business. Her accomplishments are always overshadowed by the false guilt she carries over the death of her younger sister.
Samuel King and his brothers are fighting another kind of battle struggling to keep their famous apple orchard running. Family failures, careless choices, siblings secrets, and natural disasters make it an uphill battle. One they seem to be losing. Rhoda and Samuels lives and futures are thrown together when Leah, Samuels little sister, is found in Rhodas garden after a night of rumschpringe gone bad.
Upon meeting Rhoda and finding out more about her talents, Samuel is convinced that they both hold the solution to each others business woes. Rhoda isnt sure and wants to make sure it is Gods will. Her distrust of people and rejection by the Amish community continue to cloud her judgment. The more unconvinced she becomes the more convinced Samuel becomes. Will Samuels plan work? Can Rhoda risk all she has to see? You will find yourself caught up in the frustrations and doubts of the characters as they struggle to find an answer. There were times I wanted to step into the book and have word with each one! I found it inspiring that in all the unfair losses Samuel and Rhoda faced, they had the courage not to quit, even though they had every reason to. Each time they looked past themselves and saw how their choices would affect those around them.
I liked that this book showed the Amish as real flesh and blood people with struggles the same as everyone else. I had never really considered what worldly activities Amish youth dabble in nor the heartache and difficulties it causes their families.
Ms. Woodsmall brought to light the damage superstition, vengefulness, and unforgiveness of others and oneself can do to not only individuals but also families and communities. This is a beautifully written book. I cant wait to read the sequel!
I received this book free from Waterbrook Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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I have enjoyed all of Cindy Woodsmall's series and I was not disappointed with the first book in the series. My only complaint is that I am going to have to wait several months for the next book in the series to find out what happens with Rhoda Byer and her new found friends. God has given Rhoda gifts. One of the gifts is working in her garden. She loves working with her herbs and berry plants and making products from them which she is able to sell with the help of an Englisher friend. Her other gift is being able to perceive when someone is in danger. This gift is not looked on too well by the Amish community. Because of this gift she gets threats. She was forced to destroy her herb garden because Reuben Glick accused her of practicing witchcraft.

Then there is the King family in Harvest Mills trying to keep a struggling apple orchard in business. The oldest King girl Leah is a troubled teen who makes some poor decisions. She winds up in Rhoda's garden after getting drunk at a party. Rhoda took her in for the night and contacted her family. This is how Rhoda met the Kings. She is attracted to Samuel after discussing horticulture with him. There is the attraction there but Samuel is sort of pre-engaged to Catherine, who is gossipy, jealous and wants things her way.. Later Rhoda meets Jacob King, Samuel's brother and there is an attraction there.

Both the Kings and the Bylers have had hardships happen. I can't wait to read the upcoming books to see how these families persevere and overcome the obstacles that have been put in their path. Who will be Rhoda fall in love with? And will Leah get over wanting to leave the Amish way of life?

Thanks to WaterBrook Press and the Librarything Early Reviewer program for giving me an opportunity to review this excellent book. This book will be released on September 18, 2012.


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