Wednesday, May 22, 2013

"The Winnowing SeasonL Book 2 Amish Vines and Orchards" by Cindy Woodsmall

About the book:  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.

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.

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