Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Winnowing Season: Book Two in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series by Cindy Woodsmall ~ Book Review


Title: The Winnowing Season: Book Two in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Publish Date: April, 2013

Book Description

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.

Book 2 of the Amish Vines and Orchards series asks: 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?

My thoughts

I have to admit that I love Cindy Woodsmall and this is another great book written by her. I loved the first book in this series but I loved this one so much more.

Poor Rhoda, her life never seems to be easy for her and and at times I just feel so bad for her. Things are just sometimes our of her control and get all twisted and turned and fingers are pointed and everything seems to fall onto her.

There are so many things happening in this book that it is just so easy to keep turning the pages and keep on reading and never wanting to put it down. You definitely get drawn in, because sometimes I feel as if I could just whoop Jacob up side his crazy head and knock him into reality before he screws up everything between him and Rhoda. And you know I wouldn't blame Rhoda a bit if she sends him packing. Whew, finally got that off my mind.

This is a great book for everyone and I highly recommend it but I would also recommend reading the first book in the series first. I am excited to get my hands on the next book in this series.

You can see my review for the first book in this series here.

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 Description and images are from Amazon.com. I was not paid for this review, I did however receive a copy of the book from Blogging for Books. The opinions of this book are mine and mine alone.



  1. I wish I had time to read... this sounds great!

  2. I haven't heard of the author, but I enjoyed your positive endorsement of her work! I like the books that engage you to the point of not wanting to put them down. The family does't, hehe, but I do. :)

  3. I haven't heard of this series. I will have to check it out. Thanks for the review.

  4. I love reading books with Amish characters, something about them is so intriguing. looks like a great read. Thanks


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