Sunday, June 2, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: The Winnowing Season

The Winnowing Season
Amish Vines and Orchards Book 2
By:  Cindy Woodsmall
Published by:  WaterBrook Press, 2013
This book continues the story of Rhoda Byler and Samuel and Jacob King, as begun in Cindy Woodsmall's previous book A Season for Tending.  If you love Amish fiction, this book is for you.  The tornado that devastated the King apple orchard is now taking it's tole on Rhoda, Samuel and Jacob.  Tensions are high as they try to rebuild, while at the same time preparing to make the move to Maine where they plan to form a new Amish community while at the same time expanding their business. Rhoda, Samuel and Jacob must deal with their pasts before they can have a chance at the future. 
Problems arise when Rhoda is called before the church on the night before she is scheduled to leave for Maine.  If she fails to attend, her brother and his family will not be permitted by the church to go to Maine.  Rhoda must show her quiet strength and her faith in God.
Jacob must deal with a reappearance of someone from his past.  He is engaged to Rhoda, but he has commitments that prevent him from traveling with Rhoda to Maine.  His past commitments show up time and again.  Will they cause harm to his relationship with Rhoda?
And what about Samuel?  He is constantly trying to smooth the way for others, mainly by asserting his control and doing what he feels is right for those he loves, not allowing them to make decisions and take the consequences for themselves.  Will he learn to loosen his control, or will he destroy any chances he may have with his family and friends?
The Winnowing Season is full of questions and answers, not all of which are answered in this book. will have to read the third installment of the series, titled For Every Season.
The Winnowing Season is a stand alone book, but if you haven't read the first book in the series, I would recommend you start there.  You won't want to miss anything!  You can find Ms. Woodsmall's books at her website:  You can also read her blog and check out the Amish Recipes section.

In order to comply with new Federal Trade Commission regulations, please note that this book was provided compliments of WaterBrook Multnomah's book review program.