Saturday, April 6, 2013

Book Review - "The Winnowing Season"

"The Winnowing Season," book 2 in Cindy Woodsmall's Amish Vines and Orchards series, picks up right where book 1 left off and immediately draws the reader back into the characters' lives. 
Rhoda is ready to move on and start her life over in Maine, far away from her community and those who judge and fear her due to her gift. However, it seems that Rhoda cannot escape her past.  Rhoda is not the only one who is trying to start over, as three of the Kings' are trying to start over with their orchard and business, yet each of them are dealing with personal issues in their lives as well.  As Rhoda spends more time with Samuel and Jacob both, she is drawn to both brothers and the brothers must face their feelings as well.  Leah is struggling with what path she should take in life and if she can turn away from her family and her faith.  Will Maine and starting over here be what is needed for all four of these individuals or will they be forced to make unpleasant choices and give up on what they want in life?

I have really enjoyed this series so far and am looking forward to book 3!  Cindy brings these characters to life and they have become real to me.  I find myself empathizing with them as they must face rumors and people looking down upon them and judging without really taking the time to get to know them.  Leah and Rhoda are both searching to find where they fit and must come to terms with their pasts and follow their hearts.  Jacob and Samuel must also be able to deal with their pasts in order to move forward and figure out their feelings for Rhoda and what they want in life.  This is a great Amish series that will have you turning the pages and then wanting more once you finish the books. 

*Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Company for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

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