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Reeling from an unexpected betrayal, can Sylvia find relief from the echoes of her past…or will they shape her future forever?
Although Sylvia Fisher recognizes that most Old Order Amish women her age spend their hours managing a household and raising babies, she has just one focus—tending and nurturing the herd on her family’s dairy farm. But when a dangerous connection with an old beau forces her to move far from home, she decides to ...
Reeling from an unexpected betrayal, can Sylvia find relief from the echoes of her past…or will they shape her future forever?
Although Sylvia Fisher recognizes that most Old Order Amish women her age spend their hours managing a household and raising babies, she has just one focus—tending and nurturing the herd on her family’s dairy farm. But when a dangerous connection with an old beau forces her to move far from home, she decides to concentrate on a new start and pour her energy into reviving another family’s debt-ridden farm.
After months in rehab, Aaron Blank returns home to sell his Daed’s failing farm and move his parents into an easier lifestyle. Two things stand in his way: the father who stubbornly refuses to recognize that Aaron has changed and the determined new farmhand his parents love like a daughter. Her influence on Aaron’s parents could ruin his plans to escape the burdens of farming and build a new life.
Can Aaron and Sylvia find common ground? Or will their unflinching efforts toward opposite goals blur the bigger picture— a path to forgiveness, glimpses of grace, and the promise of love.
From her perch on the milking stool, Sylvia patted the cow’s side and cooed to her, enjoying the warm softness of the cow’s hide. “You’re feeling better now, ya?” Puffs of white vapor left her mouth when she spoke, and her fingers ached from the cold.
The cow mooed gently as if answering her.
Sylvia removed the claw milker from the cow’s udder and sprayed Udder Care to prevent chaffing and to ward off mastitis. She set the stool and bucket out of the way, moved to the far end of the stalls, and pulled the lever that opened the tie rails, releasing the last round of cows from their milking stalls.
Daed lifted two buckets of milk and headed for the milk house. “What are you humming this morning?”
“Oh. Uh…” She hadn’t realized she was humming, so she had to pause for a moment and think. “Moon River.”
“Sure does sound nice. This place don’t seem the same when you’re off. No one else I know hums while working a herd.” He disappeared into the milk house to dump the fresh liquid into the milk tank.
Unlike a lot of Daeds, Sylvia’s hadn’t minded when she bought an iPod during the early years of her rumschpringe. The Englischer who picked up their milk three times a week had always recharged it for her. But then, five years ago, it fell under a cow during a milking and was trampled to death. Since she still hadn’t joined the faith, she could’ve bought another iPod, but Lilly was seven by then and hanging around the barn more. It would have hurt Lilly to realize that her older sister didn’t always keep the Old Ways, so she never replaced it. But she missed some of her favorite songs, like “Moon River.” The lyrics about the dream maker always made her think of Elam.
Her pulse quickened as she envisioned Elam next to her in the barn. His good looks seemed more suited to modeling in Englischer ads than managing a dairy herd, and she found his physical presence frustratingly compelling. He frequently mentioned marriage lately, and she could imagine their future together, always being close to him, waking alongside him in the mornings. But she had reservations too. Didn’t she want more from true love than heart pounding attraction? Maybe she just needed to spend more time talking with him about their “rainbow’s end,” and all her reservations would melt into nothingness.
She patted a few cows on the rump, gently moving them along. The herd desperately wanted in the barn at milking time, each cow hurrying to a stall in the milking parlor, but they weren’t eager to leave the building afterward. Their contented lowing and the ease with which they lumbered outdoors toward the bunk feeder and water trough made her smile. The large creatures were the same today as they’d always been—peaceful and productive.
In a side stall a new calf nursed from its mother. Ginger slid her head across the wooden gate, and Sylvia rubbed her long forehead. Sylvia had been up half the night making sure Ginger didn’t have any trouble bringing the calf into the world. Fortunately, Sylvia hadn’t needed to pull the calf or call a vet. Both were victories she was proud of.
Two years ago after she’d cried over the death of both a cow and her calf, her Daed did the unthinkable. He gave her the right to tend to the breeding of the herd as she saw fit. Her ways took more effort than his, but she’d not lost a cow or a calf yet. Milk production was up, and the overall health of the herd had improved. She had her grandpa’s teachings to thank for that.
Her Daed returned from the milk house. “I bet you’re thinking about Daadi Fisher.”
“Ya, I think of him every time a healthy calf is born.” As a child she’d been her grandfather’s shadow while he tended to the cows, and she’d been young when he began training her in the value of careful breeding and vigilance during every labor and birth. In spite of her being a girl in a patriarchal society, he believed in her. When he’d passed away a couple of years ago, she thought her heart might break.
Daed headed toward the remaining buckets of milk. Sylvia pushed the wheeled cart that carried all her milking supplies toward the mud sink. “I need the two heaviest of those buckets, Daed.”
“Two?” His eyes met hers, reflecting interest. “You making more yogurt already?”
“Are we eating that much, or are you selling that much?” He poured the white, frothy liquid into a sterilized milk can for her and securely tamped down the lid.
“The answer to both is yes.”
It was rare to see a smile on Daed’s face before breakfast, but he grinned broadly. “Sell iss gut, ya?”
“Ya, it’s a good thing.” She pushed the supply cart into the milk house ection of the barn and then returned to the parlor. “Daed, do you mind if I go to the house early? A bad dream woke Ruth up last night. I promised her that this morning I’d prove it was just a dream.”
He tossed a pitchfork into a wheelbarrow and went into the first stall. “Sure, go on.”
Sylvia abandoned her usual routine and climbed the haymow. After finding the mama cat’s new hiding place for her kittens, she gently placed Ruth’s favorite tabby into the inside pocket of her coat and then went back down the ladder.
He turned, and she pulled out the kitten, once again hinting at her ultimate goal: for Ruth to be allowed to keep this one inside the house when the little fur ball was a week or so older.
A lopsided grin caused one side of his face to wrinkle, and she wondered what had him so jovial this morning. “Just don’t get me in trouble over it. And make sure Ruthie knows it can’t stay inside. Barn cats tend to become mean once they get a little age on them.”
Sylvia put the milk cans into a wooden handcart. “They wouldn’t if—”
“Go already.” He shooed her toward the barn door. “I don’t want to hear any more of your newfangled ideas about how I could run this farm differently. They always cost me money and energy.”
His tone was playful, but she’d be wise to accept that he meant his words…for now. He’d come a long way in accepting her ideas concerning the farm. She often wondered if he’d give her any say if he had a son. She’d never know, because he had nine daughters, of which she was the eldest and the only one with a heart for farming.
His other daughters were more typical and girlish in every possible way, preferring housework over farm work. The three teenagers—Beckie, Lizzie, and Naomi—hated farming, always had. Lilly, who’d just turned twelve, would never complain about anything, but the smells and hard work made her queasy. The four youngest—Ruth, Barbie Ann, Salome, and Martha—were a hazard in the barn, causing Daed to shoo them away if they set foot inside the milking parlor.
Pushing the milk cart, Sylvia hurried from the barn to the house. Last week’s snow glistened under the early morning sunlight. She toted the heavy milk cans inside one by one, being careful not to lean the containers against her body and squish the kitten.
The warmth of the entryway made her cold fingers scream in pain. Delicious aromas of sausage, biscuits, and coffee made her mouth water and her tummy rumble, keen reminders of how long and cold her night had been.
Her Mamm was adding wood to the stove, and Lizzie stood at the sink, washing dishes. There was never a shortage of dirty glasses and plates in a house with eleven people.
Sylvia removed her wader boots. “Morning.”
Lizzie yawned. “That it is, and it arrives way too early in this house.”
“Why, there you are.” Mamm closed the door to the stove, smiling and motioning for her. “Kumm. Warm yourself. How’s that mama cow?”
“Ginger and her newborn are doing great.”
“I’m glad, but a girl shouldn’t have to work like you do.”
“I love it. You know that.”
Mamm put her arm around Sylvia’s shoulders and squeezed. “Still, we need a solution, and your Daed’s found one that is right around the corner.”
Sylvia would never get used to Daed making plans about the farm without telling her. “What does that mean?”
Naomi came through the back door, carrying an armload of firewood. She held the door open while Beckie entered with a lighter bundle of wood.
Beckie’s blond hair peeked out from under one of Daed’s black felt hats, and her blue eyes shone with spunk. “Good grief it’s cold out there. Isn’t it time for warmer weather?”
Mamm pulled several mugs out of the cabinet. “Your Daed said they’re calling for a long winter and a late spring this year.”
Clearly her mother had no intention of answering Sylvia’s question. She’d find out whenever her Daed was ready for her to know.
Posted October 29, 2011
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
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 July 5, 2012
I wasn't sure how well I would like this book since it was the third in a series. I was happy to find that everything was explained well enough that I did not feel lost. The stories of the people from the previous books are tied up in this one.
Mainly this is the story of Sylvia and Aaron. Sylvia is engaged and has her heart broken. She loves her parent's dairy farm and wants to run it but after her heart is broken she just can not stay there any more. She finds a job with the Blank's who also have a dairy farm. Mr. Blank can't run it himself and hires Sylvia to help.
Meanwhile Aaron Blank has left home to deal with his drinking problem. As he gets sober he finds a job at an appliance store. He eventually decided to buy the store and move his aging parents to the home above the store. He puts a downpayment on the store and heads home to convince his parents to sell the farm and co-sign his loan. At home he meets Sylvia and realizes his plans are not going to progress as smoothly as he hoped.
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Posted October 25, 2011
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!
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Posted May 12, 2013
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 August 23, 2012
The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall is book three of the Ada's House
Series and while I have not read books one and two, I was immediately
drawn into their story. The author did an excellent job of introducing
the complex characters in a way that made you feel like you had already
read the first two books and for quick reference included a complete
list of the characters in the back of the book. Sylvia Fisher is a
young and hard working Old Order Amish woman. Her story begins with a
betrayal forcing her from her family, home and all that she's known.
Aaron Blank is fresh out of alcohol rehab and is looking to sell the
family farm that Sylvia fled to in her time of need. Needless to say,
these two clash but in the end find a common ground in both their faith
and a growing love for one another. Grace....what a beautiful word!
Posted July 30, 2012
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.
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 26, 2012
The Harvest of Grace is book three of the Ada's House novels, but don't let that stop you from reading this engaging book. Author Cindy Woodsmall briefly summarizes the back story at the beginning. Sprinkled throughout the book are details that enable the reader to jump right into the plot and not feel lost.
The book centers around Sylvia Fisher, a nontraditional Amish woman, no great surprise as she is the oldest of nine children, all girls. Her greatest comfort and peace come from assisting her father in running their dairy farm.
Because of a cruel decision her husband to be makes and apparent lack of understanding and collusion on her father's part, Sylvia feels she must leave her home. She moves several miles from home and hires on to assist another dairy farmer, Michael Blank.
Many of Sylvia's dreams are being fulfilled as she assumes almost total control of Michael and Dora Blank's nearly bankrupt farm. Until Aaron, their wayward son, returns, life is almost perfect for Sylvia.
Aaron is determined to prevail upon his mother and invalid father to give up the farm. He's convinced a move to the city with him is in their best interest. Disregarding everyone's wishes, he plows on with his own agenda.
As Aaron and his father clash, Sylvia is caught in the middle. An unexpected visitor and an agonizing confession throw her life into a tailspin. As she allows God to give her peace in her life, she learns more about His love, forgiveness and mercy for all. But most of all, she learns to trust and rest in His "harvest of grace."
I've not read the other two in Ada's House but I have read other Cindy Woodsmall books and this one, like those, is a winner.
I was provided this book free of charge by Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an unbiased opinion
Posted June 15, 2012
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.
Posted May 29, 2012
Posted February 21, 2012
This is a book that I would recommend to anyone looking for a romantic, but clean, book to enjoy.
Cindy does a very good job at telling the story of Sylvia, although the different story lines are confusing at first. Once everything is tied together, it is very easy to become lost in the emotions that Ms. Woodsmall weaves into her story.
I give 4 out of 5 stars to this story.
Posted October 16, 2011
The Harvest of Grace is the third and final book in the trilogy Ada's House, written by Cindy Woodsmall.
Reeling from an unexpected betrayal, can Sylvia find relief from the echoes of her past.or will they shape her future forever?
Although Sylvia Fisher recognizes that most Old Order Amish women her age spend their hours managing a household and raising babies, she has just one focus-tending and nurturing the herd on her family's dairy farm. But when a dangerous connection with an old beau forces her to move far from home, she decides to concentrate on a new start and pour her energy into reviving another family's debt-ridden farm.
After months in rehab, Aaron Blank returns home to sell his Daed's failing farm and move his parents into an easier lifestyle. Two things stand in his way: the father who stubbornly refuses to recognize that Aaron has changed and the determined new farmhand his parents love like a daughter. Her influence on Aaron's parents could ruin his plans to escape the burdens of farming and build a new life.
Can Aaron and Sylvia find common ground? Or will their unflinching efforts toward opposite goals blur the bigger picture- a path to forgiveness, glimpses of grace, and the promise of love.
A GREAT CONCLUSION TO AN AMISH TRILOGY! THE HARVEST OF GRACE BY CINDY WOODSMALL
THE HARVEST OF GRACE by Cindy Woodsmall is an inspirational Amish romance trilogy. It is an exciting conclusion to "An Ada's House" novel. See "The Hope of Refuge" and "The Bridge Of Peace"."The Harvest of Grace" is the story of Sylvia Fisher,an Old Oder Amish woman,who has been betrayed,and lives her family's diary farm for a new start to use her energy into helping a debt-ridden farm. Aaron Blank,who has been in rehab and returns to his father's farm to sell the debt-ridden farm. But with Sylvia's help,influence,and her influence who Aaron's parents Aaron learns to build a new life. Sylvia and Aaron find a glimpse of peace,a bit of romance,forgiveness,healing,while they have opposite goals they may just find the promise of love on a rural farm and work toward a bigger picture. A must read for all Amish,inspirational, romance readers. This is a fast paced story of faith,healing and forgiveness.
Posted October 14, 2011
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.
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:)
I received this book free from waterbrook publishing for my honest review
Posted October 1, 2011
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 29, 2011
THE HARVEST OF GRACE by Cindy Woodsmall is an inspirational Amish romance trilogy. It is an exciting conclusion to "An Ada's House" novel. See "The Hope of Refuge" and "The Bridge Of Peace"."The Harvest of Grace" is the story of Sylvia Fisher,an Old Oder Amish woman,who has been betrayed,and lives her family's diary farm for a new start to use her energy into helping a debt-ridden farm. Aaron Blank,who has been in rehab and returns to his father's farm to sell the debt-ridden farm. But with Sylvia's help,influence,and her influence who Aaron's parents Aaron learns to build a new life. Sylvia and Aaron find a glimpse of peace,a bit of romance,forgiveness,healing,while they have opposite goals they may just find the promise of love on a rural farm and work toward a bigger picture. A must read for all Amish,inspirational, romance readers. This is a fast paced story of faith,healing and forgiveness.This book was received for review from Library Thing and the publisher.Details can be found at WaterBrook Press and My Book Addiction Reviews.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 27, 2011
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.
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
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
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!
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 19, 2011
The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall. This was the first book I had read by this author so I was not familiar with the Ada's House Novel series. I have read books about the Amish people before. This is a love story of Sylvia and Aaron. Sylvia is the oldest of her sisters and helps her dad run their farm. She is a very hard worker and loves taking care of the cows. Sylvia gets her heart broken when her beau marries her younger sister. Later her sister has twins and becomes sick, she moves in the take care of her sister and the babies. Old feelings arise and she finds herself sharing a kiss with her sisters husband. She knows this is a sin and goes to her father and asks to leave the farm. At first he will not let her go but later let's her go, she is told she must give up her share of the farm she has worked so hard for as well as have no contact with her family. I thought this was to harsh, but maybe a custom. She goes to work a few hours away on the Blank farm. The Blank's are older and need help to try and get the farm to make some money. Their daughter was killed a few years back and their son Aaron has been away at rehab for a year. Upon Aaron's return he wants his parents to sell the farm, pay off debts and move with him to a town and run an appliance store. It was nice that Aaron gave God all the credit in his recovery. Sylvia wants them to keep the farm and give her a chance in making it successful. As they work together on the farm a relationship develops as well as problems. There are many other good characters in the book with struggles and the author gives you a glimpse of their lives and their faith . I think I would like to read other books in the series to know more about the other characters. I recommend this book to anyone who likes stories of strong Christian Amish women. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 [...]: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.