Friday, September 7, 2012

Book Review - "A Season for Tending"

I loved Cindy Woodsmall's new novel, "A Season for Tending!" This is book one of her new Amish Vines and Orchards series and I cannot wait for book 2 to be released!
Rhoda is viewed as unusual and many are afraid of her because of her abilities to grow berries and herbs and her sense that something is wrong in time of trouble. Rhoda has isolated herself and has spent time building up a successful business.  After a night of partying that went bad, Leah finds herself in Rhoda's garden and although it was a bad choice, meeting Rhoda results in a way to hopefully save Leah's family's business.  Leah's brothers all have issues in their personal lives they are trying to deal with as well as run the family apple orchard business that has suffered losses the past few years.  Rhoda appears to be the answer to saving the family orchard, but there are so many obstacles in the way, including Rhoda's reputation, Samuel's girlfriend and Jacob's secret.  As they spend more time together and a storm causing more problems for everyone, their hearts and feelings toward one another are changed as well.

This book is so well-written and filled with so many characters that I fell in love with and I cannot wait to spend more time with!  I did not want this book to end and there are so many unanswered questions and so many ways the story could go!  All of the characters grow so much in this novel, but especially Leah and Rhoda.  They are both similar to each other, yet different and they are just what each other needs as well.  Leah, Rhoda and Landon make such a great team with the business as well as friends that they all need in their personal lives.  Jacob, Samuel and Eli are brothers whom are working together and yet they each have their own dreams and their own personal struggles which add challenges to not only their personal lives but their business as well.  I cannot wait to see what happens with starting over and who will really win Rhoda's heart as well as how things turn out for Arlan and Leah and their decisions.  This is a book that you do not want to miss out on!

* I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Press in exchange for a honest review.*

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