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Posted October 29, 2011
A Gut Plain Love Story
This is the third installment of the "Ada's House Novel" by Cindy Woodsmall entitled The Harvest of Grace. Sylvia Fisher is not your typical Old Order Amish woman dreaming of marriage and running a household and tending to children. Maybe once she had that dream but then it burst. Even worst, her old beau becomes her sister's husband, moving to the farm to help her dad with the farming. Sylvia's dream now is to tend to the family's dairy herd but not with her new brother-in-law. So she hires herself out to another Amish farmer who needs help since his only son has disappeared. Sylvia begins to build a new life with the Blanks becoming almost like a daughter to them. Then Aaron Blank returns home with thoughts of selling of the farm, giving his parents an easier life. Instead, he finds a new farm hand, clashing goals and a father who refuses to see the "new" Aaron. This story of the Amish is full of twists and turns. Cindy Woodsmall does not let her readers down in this dramatic conclusion to her Ada House Series. The only downside was that the story came all too quickly to the end!
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Posted September 28, 2012
The series was great
Tought that the author brought all the characters into the story and actually liked the series.
I am finding it hard to read anything but Amish
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Posted October 25, 2011
Highly Recommended - you must check it out!! Highly Recommended - you must check it out!! Great book!
Sylvia Fisher needed to get out. As an Amish woman at this stage in her life, she should have been married and had a few children by now. She would have had all that, and her enjoyable life as a dairy farmer. Unfortunately, she is betrayed by the two people she loves most. After a treacherous kiss, Sylvia must leave her home. Filled with guilt and unpleasant memories, Sylvia accepts a job from an Amish couple, working and living on their dairy farm.
Aaron Blank has recovered. Being in alcohol rehab for 6 months, he is a new man, but unfortunately, his parents do not think quite so highly of their only surviving son. When he arrives home, he tries to get his parents to sell their dairy farm that is covered in debt. When his suggestion is only returned with hostility, he knows it will take a lot more convincing his parents. During the time that Aaron is home, he meets Sylvia Fisher, his parent's new farmhand. Knowing his parents love her like a daughter, he thinks if he can get her to stop working so hard she will leave and make his job a little easier. Through trials, tribulation, and terrible temptations, Aaron and Sylvia learn to trust and care for each other.
This book was well written, with both a can't-put-my-book-down plot and an awesome purpose. Cindy Woodsmall's way of getting into the character's heads will most definitely win her some faithful readers, myself included! I have read all three in this series, and I believe this one is the best. If you enjoy lighthearted fiction with a purpose, then this book is for you!
Waterbrook gave me this book for free so that I could write this review.
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Posted September 14, 2013
Sad that I am done with this series. I just wanted the stories to go on and on and on. I am definately going to keep reading her books. Wonderful story lines and a great writer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 30, 2013
Posted May 12, 2013
If you can handle a complicated, multi-family story-line...
Its really a great book! I got lost a couple times amongst several different couples it kept bouncing back and fourth between. But really great otherwise!! Very entertaining and sweet!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 30, 2012
Wonderful Amish story
As we continue Ada’s House story, we find Aaron is struggling with addictions, and struggling at what he really wants to do in life. In the meantime, Sylvia has her own problems trying to come to terms with being betrayed, and because of it, she wants to eave and start over in another community. As we follow their journey, we find that Cindy Woodsmall gives us another view of the Amish life. We get an insight of their daily lives and a more intimate side of what goes on in some Amish households.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Cindy Woodsmall is a crafted and very gifted storyteller, making her one of my very favorite authors. In A Harvest of Grace, she created characters that are real like, warming their way into our hearts as we fall in love with them. And even through their struggles, Cindy shows us a loving and forgiving God that will take us in, and forgive us, no matter what.
Some of the issues dealt with in this book are a little more harsh than most Amish books, but writing these scenes into the story gives us a better view of just how much God really loves us. That He loves us even through the most difficult times, and through the deepest sins we commit. I appreciate Cindy dealing with issues such as she did in this book.
This book was provided by Blogging for Books through their reviewer Blogging program. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.
Posted June 15, 2012
This book was the romantic type that inspires the forgiving mind
This book was the romantic type that inspires the forgiving mind. The title sequence makes it a great thing to inspire someone that there are ways into someones heart and that we can all look beyond somethings in our lives that have gone wrong. These Amish-style books will bring you to life and make you feel like you are one of the characters.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 29, 2012
Posted October 14, 2011
A trip back to the characters we have come to love and adore once again!
Picking up right where The Bridge of Peace left off, Cindy Woodsmall takes us once more back into the lives of the characters we have come to know and love to see where their lives are headed, in the latest novel, The Harvest of Grace. This is the third book in the Ada's House series and it feels nice to head back to the Amish farm lands once more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
We find ourselves meeting a new friend, Sylvia Fisher, who is one of six daughters in her family and the one that has taken up working the family farm with her Daed. She hasn't wanted to live the typical Amish girls life and has made improvements to the dairy farm that have been instrumental for helping them turn the farm around and even begin making a huge profit. So when Elam, the boy she has imagined marrying, proposes, she isn't sure why she hesitates and asks for a few weeks to consider the request.
When she learns that because she asked for him to wait, he has asked her sister Beckie instead and they have agreed to marry instead. Feeling the ultimate sense of betrayal, Sylvia feels she has no choice but to leave the farm. When she answers an ad in the newspaper to assist another dairy farmer in need, her family is beyond hurt and her Daed tells her she won't be able to have contact with any of her sisters any longer.
Aaron Blank is the prodigal son who is returning to his fathers dairy farm after being in rehab to fight his alcoholism. Armed with a plan to convince his Daed and Mam to sell the farm and get out from under the mounting debt, he doesn't realize that he is about to come face to face with his newest challenge, Sylvia. She believes she can turn the family dairy farm around, but Aaron already has his mind set on running an appliance shop in the town of Owl Perch, he only needs his father's signature to make the deal complete.
I received the novel, The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall compliments of WaterBrook Multnomah for my honest review. Once again new characters are introduced to the ones we have come to love and adore from the previous two novels and truly see in this one, that God's grace is available to anyone, no matter what their circumstances are or how far they feel like they have stepped away. An unforgettable story of redemption and forgiveness found among the love of family and friends. This one rates a 5 out of 5 stars!
Posted October 11, 2011
I recently got the chance to review this book! I love Amish fiction and I love Cindy Woodsmall. She is one of my favorite Amish writers. I loved this series and this third book in Ada's house of Refuge series was wonderful. It brought in one new Character Slyvia. She had a betrayel that really hurt her and she left her family farm to move to work at another farm. It all tied in with the other characters from the other two books. It was a great read,it finished out all the storylines that left you hanging in the other two books. It could be read alone or to get the full effect you might want to start with the first two in the series. It is all about forgivness and coming to know that no matter what you have done or what you have been through God loves you and sees you as his child no matter what and he forgives you and you need to forgive yourself as well. I loved this last book and loved the whole series. Great read:)
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Posted October 1, 2011
an amazing inspirational book!
The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall is a heart warming story of Sylvia Fisher and her life in the Amish community. In this story Sylvia is betrayed by the man courting her as he decides that he won't marry her anymore.She desires to leave because the girl he decides to marry is her younger sister and soon Sylvia leaves. She finds a farm that needs her help to restore it to what it used to be and then the Blank's son Aaron comes to convince his father to leave the farm.This inspirational story shows forgiveness in many ways and how hard that it can be to forgive someone. It also shows God's love for us and how that everywhere we go He is there. Cindy Woodsmall does an amazing job at making you feel like you're in the story and one of the characters. I enjoyed reading this book SO much. It showed that everyone struggles with forgiving others and that in the end we mustWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 27, 2011
The Harvest of Grace
When Sylvia Fischer turned down her beau's offer of marriage, she expected him to give her the time and space she'd requested, believing they would eventually wed. .Instead he married her sister. When she learns that his betrayal was her father's idea--a proposition made to save the farm--she knows she'll never trust another man.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Despite the secrets hiding in Aaron Blank's youth, he thinks he's ready to face his future. As he sets out to make up for the wrongs he's done to his family, he meets Sylvia, the new farmhand from a nearby district. She doesn't want him around, seems to have his father's heart in the palm of her hand--and what she knows could ruin his future.
This book was exceptional. I recommend it if you love this amish style series.
Posted September 20, 2011
Enjoyable reading! Highly recommend
Once again Ms. Woodsmall puts together a story line that kept me up late into the night reading! I enjoyed how she had several characters through this series and continued in the plot of each ones life while introducing a new character plot in this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 19, 2011
Beautiful Story of Grace and Forgiveness
I don't know what it is about Amish fiction that is so intriguing, but I am hooked! I must not be alone because there is an enormous selection of Amish fiction out there. The Harvest of Grace, by Cindy Woodsmall does not disappoint. As I began reading this book I instantly fell in love with the characters and felt myself pulled into the story; I loved the these of forgiveness and grace that flowed throughout the story. I wanted to be right there working next to Aaron, Cara, Sylvia and the rest of their friends and family. I understand this to be the 3rd (hopefully not final) book in the Ada's House series and I can't wait to get my hands on the other books in the series so I can hang out with the characters again!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Though I don't know what it's like to be Amish, I can trust Cindy's interpretations of the community because of her deep connection with the Amish community. You can read more about her experiences with the Amish in her book, Plain Wisdom.
Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own, I was not required to post a positive review.
Posted September 16, 2011
What will you do if your sister and fiance betrayed you?
Do you have a boyfriend or fiance? Is he really love you? How about a close sister that you trust most? What will you do if your fiance and sister betrayed you? Well, you better read this book because The Harvest of Grace is a story of love, grace, betrayal, trust and hard work. A great Amish fiction tale that you truly love.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 12, 2011
TRIALS AND TRIUMPHS
The author did a splendid job in writing this book. I was captivated by the characters and how they handle situation. I did not know anything about the Dutch language, but the author provided a summary of each word used in the story. The Harvest of Grace was about the Amish life and how they farm, among other things. The book was good that I didn't want to put it down. The storyline has me wanting more, wondering what will happen next. The book seemed more real than fiction and it provided hope and faith in the midst of circumstances. There was a glimpse of reality in how issues occur in the lives of others, but it is how you handle these issues through faith and prayer that makes life worth fighting for. I recommend this book to everyone for inspiration and encouragement.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted September 9, 2011
The Harvest of Grace ( Ada's house SEries #3)
The Harvest of Grace is book three of this series about Amish families.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Sylvia is the oldest of eight girls. Her dad allowed her to help with the dairy cows but he did not include her in the finances and farming crop part. She is dating Elam who asked her to marry him. Sylvia did feel like she was ready so asked him to wait for her to give her answer. She discovered Elam was going into partnership with her dad and a couple of weeks later she discovers he has asked Beckie her sister to marry him and Beckie said yes.
Sylvia stays around for a year or more until Beckie and the twins she had given birth too all had whooping cough and Sylvia was asked to take care of them since she had been vaccinated. She stays until Elam catches her in the barn and they kiss. She knows she has to get away so she persuaded her dad to let her go to another place and work on a dairy farm helping another family.
Michael Blank and his wife Dora had several babies just after birth and raised a daughter Elsie and son Aaron. Elsie was killed by a bull at age 28 and Aaron had went into rehab for alcoholism.Michael had arthritis and was unable to care for all the farm.
Several months later Aaron come home and wants his parents to sell the house and move with him to another town and run an appliance store. His dad would not talk to him so he pitches in to help Sylvia on the farm for a few weeks.
Cara and Lori are still living with Ada and Cara helps with the bakery items they sell while she is learning Penn. Dutch language so she can join the church and marry Ephriam.Cara's dad shows up. She had not saw him since he left her at the bus station at 8 years old. He had been an alcoholic. Cara has lots of hatred for him and the church officials hear of it.
Ada has started courting Lena's dad, Israel. Lena and Grey have fallen in love but must wait till the mourning period is over to publically court.
The Harvest of Grace is a story of love, grace, trials and hard work.
I was sent this book by Waterbook Mulynomah to read and review. The comments are my own
I enjoyed this book by Cindy Woodsmall. It was interesting.If you like Christian/ Amish novels you will like it too.
Posted September 9, 2011
Wonderful Amish Fiction!!!
Cultivating love for one another and finding faith in yourself can create "The Harvest of Grace."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This Amish fiction tale blends together several relationships as they blosson and come together to create a happy community surrounding Ada's House. Sylvia Fisher, a young Amish woman, has the love of her family's farm and land running through her veins. When faced with a marriage proposal that would change her whole way of life, she puts off her intended, only to lose him to her younger sister. A slip of their emotions after the marriage takes place sends Sylvia out to another farm where she can start over and hopefully help this family turn their farm into a thriving and profitable operation again. There she must team up with their returning, wayward son to get their farm back on the mend. Will this family be able to get past all the disappointments and tragedies of the past to heal and move on? Can Sylvia ever forgive herself for acting on a moment of impulse and be able to connect with her family once again? Come follow this tale to find these answers and to see how having faith and love can plant the seeds to have a harvest of grace.
Since this is the third book in this series, I was a little concerned about not having read the first two and being able to keep all the separate relationships straight, but Ms. Woodsmall did a wonderful job at keeping it all connected, but separate at the same time so that it made sense. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all the separate character's and their diffferent relationships and how they all came to be. I especially liked getting to know Sylvia as a more independent Amish woman than in some other Amish fiction that I have read. If you are in the market for a really good Amish story, this is definitely one that you don't want to pass up.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction mixed with a bit of sweet romance thrown in.
This book was kindly provided to me by the pulishers of WaterBrook Multnomah for my honest review.
Posted September 6, 2011
Wonderful read-You won't be disappointed!
I have been reading more non-fiction lately, so I thought it would be nice to switch things up a bit. I'm in the mood for some light, fun, entertaining reading. So, while perusing through a list of books to read the cover of this book stood out to me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I am so intrigued by the Amish. There way of life seems so peaceful and simple (and not in the physical way, but spiritual). So, I read the description and I'm convinced. Couldn't wait to receive it and crack it open.
"The Harvet of Grace" by Cindy Woodsmall is a wonderful tale of love stories. I say storie"s" because it doesn't just focus on one couple. Sylvia must leave her home after an uncomfortable encounter with her old boyfriend. Devasted, she flees to another Amish dairy farm to try to find contentment in her work.
Cara and her young daughter, Lori, run from her home in New York to seek shelter from a stalker. They end up on an Amish farm, where she has vague childhood memories.
I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to listen to they're stories unfold. This book was filled with love, heartache, betrayal, forgiveness faith and family. I cried and laughed throughout this book. The setting was set so vividly with tales of cows mooing, and picnics under a shade tree. I could just feel the warm breezes and smell the fresh cut hay, feeling as if I'm right in the book sipping a nice cold glass of fresh lemonade.
There were many touching moments in this book but, my favorite would have to be when Cara was in the most desperate conflict between her giving forgiveness and holding on to an impossible grudge. She turned to God for grace and had the most touching revelation in doing so.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more books by Cindy Woodsmall. If you enjoy sweet love stories, you won't be disappointed in this book!