The Winnowing Season (Amish Vines and Orchards Series #2)

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The tornado that devastated Kings’ Orchard pushed Rhoda, Samuel, and Jacob to make a new start in Maine. Are they strong enough to withstand the challenges of establishing an Amish community—and brave enough to face the secrets that move with them?
 
On the eve of their departure to begin a new Old Order Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is shocked to discover that choices made by her business partner and friend, ...
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The tornado that devastated Kings’ Orchard pushed Rhoda, Samuel, and Jacob to make a new start in Maine. Are they strong enough to withstand the challenges of establishing an Amish community—and brave enough to face the secrets that move with them?
 
On the eve of their departure to begin a new Old Order Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is shocked to discover that choices made by her business partner and friend, Samuel King, have placed her and her unusual gifts directly into the path of her district’s bishop and preachers. She is furious with Samuel and is fearful that the Kings will be influenced by the way her leaders see her, and not what they know to be true—that Rhoda’s intuition is a gift from God.
 
Jacob King won’t be swayed by community speculation. He loves Rhoda, believes in her, and wants to build a future with her in Maine. But when the ghosts of his past come calling and require him to fulfill a great debt, can he shake their hold before it destroys what he has with Rhoda? Samuel has a secret of his own—one he’ll go to great lengths to keep hidden, even if it means alienating those closest to him. Throwing himself into rehabilitating the once-abandoned orchard, Samuel turns to a surprising new ally.
 
Book 2 of the Amish Vines and Orchards series asks: can the three faithfully follow God’s leading and build a new home and orchard in Maine? Or will this new beginning lead to more ruin and heartbreak?
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Praise for The Winnowing Season

“Cindy Woodsmall weaves a page-turning plot in The Winnowing Season, featuring the mysterious Rhoda Byler and a supporting cast of other complex characters. This story grabbed my heart and kept on tugging—long after I’d read the last word. I can’t wait for the third book in the series!”
—Leslie Gould, author of Courting Cate

“Cindy Woodsmall creates Amish characters in a way no other author does. Her obvious love for and intimate knowledge of the Amish allow the reader into the characters’ lives aside from the religious aspect of the community. They laugh, and I laugh with them. They hurt, and so do I. Add to the characters a compelling plot and a girl with an unusual gift, and the book is impossible to put down.”
—Tracey Bateman, author of The Widow of Saunders Creek

Praise for A Season for Tending

“Woodsmall honors the Amish through her well-researched story, with a heartfelt romance and lovable characters.”
—Romantic Times

“I have to say that I love this book. The characters in the story are dimensional and interesting. Woodsmall has created families, situations, and places that are believable, geared toward modern-day life with current challenges… It makes both families more endearing. I look forward to the next book in the series.”
—www.thechristianmanifesto.com

“Cindy’s well-developed, multidimensioned characters cause readers to care about them, their lives, and their problems. Their choices and decisions that carry the story forward also reveal biblical wisdom without preaching. I'm sure this new series will add many new readers to Cindy’s growing fan base.”
—www.midwestbookreview.com

A Season for Tending is the first in Woodsmall’s new series, Amish Vines and Orchards, and her characters will leave you missing friends when the last page is read. Book 2 can’t come soon enough!”
—CBA Retailers and Resources

Library Journal
When a tornado destroys the King Family Orchards, Rhonda Byler and her brother's family move to Maine with Jacob and Samuel King in the hopes of starting a new Amish settlement. Jacob loves Rhonda, but he is, nonetheless, harboring secrets from his past. Now Samuel seems to be pushing Rhonda away, too. Can the group make the new settlement work with so many mysteries in the air? VERDICT This second installment in Woodsmall's "Amish Vines and Orchards" series picks up where A Season for Tending left off, and readers will want to finish that one before picking up this new entry. Existing characters are further developed, and new ones are introduced. Recommend it to fans of Wanda E. Brunstetter.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781470347550
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/10/2013
  • Series: Amish Vines and Orchards Series , #2
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  • Edition description: Unabridged
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Meet the Author

Cindy Woodsmall
Cindy Woodsmall is a best-selling author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction book Plain Wisdom whose connection with the Amish community has been featured on ABC Nightline, in the Wall Street Journal, and throughout other Christian and general news outlets. She lives outside of Atlanta with her family.
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The Winnowing Season

Book Two in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series
By Cindy Woodsmall

WaterBrook Press

Copyright © 2013 Cindy Woodsmall
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780307730046

Rhoda shoved her to-do list into the hidden pocket of her apron and slipped out of the summer kitchen. A brief glance assured her no one was around to see her. She needed a few minutes, however fleeting, without anyone tugging at her. Her shoulders and arms ached as she walked into the orchard.

She breathed in, and the heady scents of fall and ripe apples helped soothe her frayed nerves. After nearly two months of nurturing the tornado-ravaged orchard, she found the view both uplifting and disheartening. Despite their
long, hard days of cleaning up felled trees and mending broken ones, the oncevibrant orchard looked like a battlefield strewn with injured, defeated soldiers.

Would all of her and Samuel’s tending restore the wounded trees? Or simply prolong their dying?

How strange that she found comfort in walking among these wounded trees. Much of the orchard lay dormant, waiting for late winter, when new trees would be planted.

But she wouldn’t be here for that.

A ladder rested against a tree where she and Samuel had grafted tree limbs from storm-damaged trees into healthy ones, hoping their grafts would take. It wasn’t the right time of year for such work, but they were giving this orchard
their all before leaving it behind tomorrow.

A wavering, misty image stepped out from behind an apple tree.

Emma.

The vision appeared real enough, but it wasn’t actually her little sister. Emma had been with God since the day she was murdered, since the day Rhoda all but sent her teary-eyed sister to that convenience store by herself at exactly the wrong time. Emma often formed in a visible way, as if Rhoda’s guilt over her death was burned so deeply into Rhoda’s soul that she would see her sister the rest of her days.

And maybe she would, but Rhoda dared to hope the move to Maine would end the haunting reminders.

Emma held out her arms, and Rhoda wished her little sister were truly here to embrace, but all Rhoda could do was watch. And pray.

Not long after she met Samuel King of Kings’ Orchard last summer, he asked if she’d partner her canning business with his family’s apple farming business. When she finally agreed, she did so hoping for several things to come from the agreement. One desire was for the aberrations to remain at home in Morgansville, some thirty miles away—and where all memories of Emma had been made.

But whether Rhoda was here at Kings’ Orchard or at home with her family, she had yet to be freed of Emma’s constant reminders that Rhoda had failed her.

Would Maine be an escape?

Emma stretched a hand toward her. “Don’t let me go. Don’t be afraid to hold on.”

Rhoda’s heart rate increased. Did it do any good to speak her sorrow out loud? “I have to move on. Can’t you see that?”

Emma’s eyes filled with tears, and Rhoda made herself turn away without responding. She walked to the top of a knoll. This orchard would be majestic again in a few years. Still, was Samuel doing the right thing by leaving its future
in Eli’s hands?

They would move to Maine tomorrow, to Orchard Bend specifically. Until Samuel went to close on the house a month ago, they had thought the land was in Unity, Maine. But at the closing, Samuel discovered that the farm bordered Unity.

Once they arrived there tomorrow, they would begin the challenge of restoring an abandoned apple orchard twice the size of this one. The aim was rock solid: reestablish the abandoned orchard in Maine so Kings’ Orchard and her Rhode Side Stands canning business could bring in the needed profits while this orchard was restored and returned to production.

But the reality of this venture was terrifying…and exhausting.

Hoofs rumbled against the earth, and she turned to see Samuel riding the chestnut Morgan toward her. He had the reins in one hand and a five-gallon bucket in the other. The bucket housed what they called their first-aid kit for the trees.

“Hey.” His lack of a smile as he dismounted didn’t surprise her. For every ounce of energy she gave working, he seemed determined to give double. “I thought I’d find you here where we worked last.” He gazed into her eyes for a
brief moment. “I know you’re tired, and you aren’t going to like what I have to say, but could you do me a favor and try to take it well?” Without waiting for her to answer, he walked the horse to a nearby tree and tethered it.

He had her pegged on both counts: bone tired and edgy. They’d had more spats in the last few weeks than two alpha dogs sharing a food bowl. Who knew that accomplishing everything on her to-do list would be so draining? Actually, now that she thought about it, the answer to that was Samuel and Jacob. Both had tried to get her to take numerous things off her list, like the experiments of growing herbs and developing mulch under horticultural lights. And both had tried for weeks to stop her from harvesting and canning the apples left by the tornado.

But she couldn’t let apples rot. And she couldn’t move to Maine without understanding how commercial greenhouse lights affected herbs and rotting leaves.

He dusted off his hands and returned to where she stood. “Well?”

A Bible verse echoed inside her—Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. “I’ll do my best.”

His jaw clenched. “You have to appear before your church leaders tonight.”

The orchard around her turned hazy as she stared into Samuel’s eyes, trying to make sense of what he’d said.

With the message delivered, he turned and walked away.

She took off after him and grabbed his arm. “What do you mean?”

He barely glanced at her before shifting his attention to the horizon. “You know what it means.”

Her heart skipped a beat and felt as if it might stop altogether. “But why?”

He pulled a letter from his pocket. “This arrived in today’s mail.”

“Addressed to you?”

Without the slightest response he headed for the ladder and handsaw a few trees away.

She unfolded the plain white paper to find a short message in perfect handwriting.

Subject: Rueben Glick and his possible involvement in the destruction of Rhoda Byler’s crops.

Her hands trembled. How did they know what had happened to her fruit garden? She clutched the letter and shook it at him as he headed back her way.

“Did you take that incident to my bishop and deacon?”

Her family wouldn’t. They knew it would stir up trouble for her. Landon wouldn’t. He was too loyal a friend. The only other person she’d told who was responsible for destroying her fruit garden was Samuel.

Samuel’s jaw set. “It needed to be done.”

“But…but you gave me your word.” Compelled to read the rest, she returned her attention to the letter.

Dear Samuel, after much consideration we have prayerfully agreed that the matter you brought to our attention must be addressed. The charges are of such a serious nature that we cannot allow Rhoda Byler to go to Maine as a member in good standing unless this matter is settled first.

Since this matter needs to be settled before Rhoda leaves for Maine, and since your concern is that Rueben Glick is not only guilty of this incident but may be causing problems with others as well, we feel we have no choice but to allow this meeting to be open to anyone in the district who chooses to come.

Her blood ran hot as realization continued to dawn. Anger began to mingle with fear, but she couldn’t stop staring at the letter. Why had the ministers waited until the day before the move to call a meeting? But more important…why would Samuel do this to her?

Wasn’t it bad enough that Rueben Glick and his small band of nitwits had destroyed her fruit garden last August? She had been devastated when she’d arrived home with Samuel, Jacob, and Leah to discover what had been done.

The garden meant the world to Rhoda. Her Daed had given her the first blueberry bush when she was just seven. Every year since then he gave her more plants and land to plant them on. The garden grew and became her sanctuary, especially after her sister was murdered.

Rhoda had worked year after year to make the garden beautiful and yield a healthy crop. All the naysayers who didn’t like her and her odd ways had wanted her out of that garden. Some were jealous, but others were truly concerned that she was overstepping her place as a single Amish woman with too much independence and too much success. The number of stores that carried her canned products only increased. If she were married, those against her would probably feel different. Then again, if she were married, she wouldn’t have the time to devote to her business, and it wouldn’t be so successful.

For more reasons than she could explain, it meant everything to her to conceal from her community and neighbors that Rueben had uprooted her beloved vines and bushes. So she had called her friend Landon and asked him to bring over his Bobcat. By morning the land looked as if she had deliberately cleared her garden.

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  • Posted April 13, 2013

    I am enjoying this series almost as much as I enjoyed Cindy Wood

    I am enjoying this series almost as much as I enjoyed Cindy Woodsmall's "Sisters of the Quilt" series which I have read several times over. Cindy Woodsmall's gift for developing her characters and their relationships is in my opinion unmatched. I personally like the relationship between Rhoda and Jacob and do not want to see Jacob's heart broken. I will need to see something more in the relationship between Samuel and Rhoda to accept an ending with them together.




    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Vincent and Sky

    Sky ran down "Dad and Mom are home!!!" He stares at Sky "Go take Sage to your room!" Sky took Sage and pulled her up stairs to the third floor

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Sag

    "Whoa! Talk to ya later!" She blinked dazed, and ran up

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  • Posted October 14, 2013

    Book Summary: The tornado that devastated Kings¿ Orchard pushed

    Book Summary: The tornado that devastated Kings’ Orchard pushed Rhoda, Samuel, and Jacob to make a new start in Maine. Are they strong enough to withstand the challenges of establishing an Amish community—and brave enough to face the secrets that move with them? On the eve of their departure to begin a new Old Order Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is shocked to discover that choices made by her business partner and friend, Samuel King, have placed her and her unusual gifts directly into the path of her district’s bishop and preachers. She is furious with Samuel and is fearful that the Kings will be influenced by the way her leaders see her, and not what they know to be true—that Rhoda’s intuition is a gift from God. Jacob King won’t be swayed by community speculation. He loves Rhoda, believes in her, and wants to build a future with her in Maine. But when the ghosts of his past come calling and require him to fulfill a great debt, can he shake their hold before it destroys what he has with Rhoda? Samuel has a secret of his own—one he’ll go to great lengths to keep hidden, even if it means alienating those closest to him. Throwing himself into rehabilitating the once-abandoned orchard, Samuel turns to a surprising new ally. Book 2 of the Amish Vines and Orchards series asks: can the three faithfully follow God’s leading and build a new home and orchard in Maine? Or will this new beginning lead to more ruin and heartbreak?




    My Review: I was amazed at how quick a read this was. It was worth reading every minute of it. I loved how much more the characters grew and changed in such a short time. The plot grew greater with all the little details swirling around this book. I think that Rhoda and Samuel are the best of the book. It is very hard to pick which of the secondary characters I liked best. There was very little to complain about. I found between book 1 and book 2 a seamlessness that was like coming in out of the cold. I liked the move to Maine after all the stress of Rhoda going before her elders. I was disappointed that Jacob left and for so long. Jacob's situation from his past was getting a little old but seemed more controlled by the end of the book. This is just another fine example of Ms. Woodsmall's superb writing just enough to hook me into the 3rd even 4th book and look forward to each an every word!! 




    I would like to thank Blogging for Books and Waterbook Press for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
     
     

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Horrid

    It was a dumb story line and it didn't make sense. Too many characters to follow. I won't be reading any more books by Woods all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    I have fallen in love with Amish Fiction and Cindy Woodsmall kno

    I have fallen in love with Amish Fiction and Cindy Woodsmall knows how to draw a reader into the Amish style of life. Captivating from the very beginning, I couldn't put it down until the end. I can't wait to get the next book in the series... I chose to read this book first as I was struggling to get my first book copy to show up on my Nook. I didn't feel like I truly missed any major story plots by reading the second one, first. The author really helps tie in the other book but not become too wordy!

    I've heard though, the first book really helps you understand the characters of this book better so once I get my issue taken care of, I plan to read the first book before finishing the series with book 3..

    A great read! I love Cindy Woodsmall's books and this is no exception..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    An amazing sequal.

    In book two, Rhoda Byler and Samuel King, along with some other family members move up to Maine because a tornado destroyed the King's Orchard. Surprisingly enough, when Rhoda went through some trials, her boyfriend Jacob King wasn't there to help her, for he was off helping someone totally different. Since Samuel helped Rhoda so much, he started to fall in love with her. Will Samuel be able to controll his secret love of Rhoda, or will he mess up big-time?
    A MUST-READ

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  • Posted August 18, 2013

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    Great read, disappointing ending... There is something very intr

    Great read, disappointing ending...
    There is something very intriguing about the Amish lifestyle to me. It all started back when I was in high school. Our neighbors and good friends moved to north central Indiana, right near several Amish communities. I had always been a big fan of Little House on the Prairie and here was a modern day group that was living like it was still the late 1800s.

    The Winnowing Season by Cindy Woodsmall is just one such book. As the story opens, we find the Kings and Bylers have recently decided to go into business together but those plans were disrupted by a tornado that destroyed the orchard, so now they are on their way to Maine to revitalize an orchard there and establish a new community. This book is the second in the Amish Vines and Orchards series, but I don't feel like I lost anything in not reading the first book. The author did a good job providing background information to help the new reader understand and to remind those that might have read the first book some time ago.

    The book is told primarily from the perspective of Rhoda and her business partner Samuel and they are perhaps the better developed characters in the story, but there are parts of the story that shed more light onto Rhoda's boyfriend Jacob and his sister Leah. I really like the love stories that run through the book and how even the good relationships seem so complicated. There is a mix of known loves that are shared with the world and others that are tucked away and kept private by the individual or even the couple. Samuel is in love with Rhoda, but because his brother is courting her, he tries to hide it, but makes her upset when this makes he seems removed. Leah seems to have a connection with Landon, but how much is him and how much is his ability to help her experience the English world. Jacob is courting Rhoda, but how strong can their relationship be when he is hiding so much of her past from her.

    Cindy Woodsmall does a good job writing about the interaction between the Amish and English world. She illustrates well the challenges faced by the Amish, with their naive understanding of English world. She also shows the way that the Amish rely on their English neighbors and partners, but equally so are reluctant to be dependent on them for fear that they will lose their independence.

    Much of the book is about the faith of the characters and how it drives their actions (or inactions in some cases). They put their trust in and have faith in God's will and believe that everything will turn out okay. This was especially true when Rhoda came under investigation later in the book (can't tell you more - that would ruin the story). It shows how there are different paths for all of us. It provides a reminder that God has His plan for us and we can't always control what those paths or plans are.

    I really enjoyed the book, but felt a little disappointed at the end of the book when there were things left unresolved...things that had come up repeatedly along the course of the book but were left unanswered. I do like a cliffhanger as much as the next person, but I prefer a book that leaves me wanting more...not feeling like I missed something. I look forward to the next book in the series, so that I can get some resolution on the unresolved issues from this book.

    A complimentary copy of the book was provided for this review.

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Book two in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series begins with Rhod

    Book two in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series begins with Rhoda, Samuel and Jacob getting ready to start a new Old Order Amish Community in Unity, Maine. Complications arise almost immediately when Rhoda's past comes face to face with her future and threatens to prevent the King's and Byler's from making the actual move.

    Triumphant after a grueling meeting with church leaders, the small group arrives at the new orchard and begins the back breaking work of reestablishing the thriving business. Cindy Woodsmall reveals a little more about Jacob's past and how his decisions then continue to impact his future.

    Emotions run high as Rhoda, Samuel and Jacob all try and figure out how to remain in God's will while balancing their own desires. It's a fascinating story line that leaves you wanting more! If Amish fiction is something you enjoy reading, then I whole-heartedly recommend this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    Hunting grounds

    Hunting grounds

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  • Posted August 1, 2013

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    THE WINNOWING SEASON by Cindy Woodsmall is an interesting Contem

    THE WINNOWING SEASON by Cindy Woodsmall is an interesting Contemporary Amish Fiction set in Maine. #2 in "The Winnowing Season", while you can read this as a stand alone, I would recommend reading book 1 first, "A Season for Tending" to acquaint yourself with the characters. Join Jacob King, Samuel King, and Rhoda Byler on a journey of faith,secrets, heartbreak, healing,forgiveness,an usual gift and a love triangle. A cast of complex characters with compelling and complex problems. You do not want to miss this epic tale of disaster,alienation,the Amish community and wine orchards. Fast paced, with a compelling plot that is intriguing and as well as heartfelt. Another Amish great read for this author. Received for an honest review from the publisher,Waterbrook Press

    RATING: 4

    HEAT RATING: SWEET

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction andMore

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  • Posted July 15, 2013

    One of the many things that I appreciate about Cindy Woodsmall¿s

    One of the many things that I appreciate about Cindy Woodsmall’s series is that they seem to come out in pretty quick succession. Even with that it is still sometimes hard to immediately remember what happened in the last book and where we are at in the story. At the beginning of each of her subsequent books is a short synopsis of what has occurred in the story up to this point. I really wish more authors and publishers would adopt this practice.




    This installment picks up where the first book left off. Samuel is still smitten with Rhoda but he can’t act on those feelings because his younger brother Jacob is actively pursuing her. Samuel and Rhoda are amazing business partners but could they be life partners as well?




    Samuel makes decisions out of his passionate nature and does so in the pursuit of truth and justice. The problem is that in that quest he winds up hurting the very one he meant to protect. I find myself so frustrated with his stubbornness. He always thinks he’s right!




    Jacob makes me crazy too. If he would just tell the truth about things it would not only allow others to help him, but it would give him the freedom to begin to set things right.




    Rhoda is such an interesting and complex personality. I admire her ability to stand up to constant ridicule from those around her. One of the things that has me scratching my head is her willingness to cover up for Jacob. When will she realize that she’s not helping by allowing him to continually escape detection and repeatedly shirk his responsibilities to the group?




    I have to say that I had the same exact reaction to the ending of this book as I had to the first one and many of Cindy’s other books as well. It went something like this, “What . . . that can’t be the end!” I would then frantically flip a few pages just to see if I had missed something. Nope . . . another cliffhanger! It is a very good thing that the next book in the series, For Every Season, is scheduled to release in August 2013. I can hardly wait!




    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

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  • Posted June 30, 2013

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    Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite "The Winno

    Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

    "The Winnowing Season", book 2 in the 'Amish Vines and Orchards trilogy', continues the story of the King family and Rhoda Byler as they move and start their new Amish community in Maine. Samuel King and Rhoda seemed to always be butting heads, but was it really because she was in a relationship with his brother Jacob? But then just before they were to leave, Jacob suddenly disappeared and didn’t show up in Maine until long after the others arrived, causing a lot of tension among these Amish people. And tension grew even stronger when Jacob announced he had to leave again, giving no clue as to when he would be returning.

    This is one mixed-up dysfunctional Amish family. There is so much happening with the Kings and Rhoda that it will make your head spin at times. Cindy Woodsmall doesn’t write your typical Amish story; she takes you into the hearts of the people, displays their struggles, difficulties, and disappointments, and brings them to life in a unique way. Deep emotions and feelings run wild as this story unfolds bringing heartache not only to the characters but to the readers as well. I was aching for this new Amish community and the problems they were having with each other, and others in the community. Will Cindy Woodsmall unravel the turmoil among these family, friends and neighbors? You are sure to enjoy the outcome when you read her new book, "The Winnowing Season". And don’t forget to pick up the first book in 'Amish Vines and Orchards Series', "A Season for Tending".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Great 2nd in series,

    Can't wait for Aug for follow up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Need to check this series out

    Really good read leaves you wanting to read the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    will there be an amish vines and orchards book three explaining

    will there be an amish vines and orchards book three explaining what happens to rhoda what happens to her life

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  • Posted May 30, 2013

    I was excited to read The Winnowing Season after reading the fir

    I was excited to read The Winnowing Season after reading the first book in the series. The previous book ended with the Byler and King families buying an abandoned orchard in Maine and preparing to move there. They intend to revive the orchard and establish an Amish community.
    From the beginning things don’t go as planned. Jacob takes off to care for a woman from his past. In the meantime Samuel realises he has feelings for Rhoda. Those two stories along with the work involved to get the orchard and settlement going should have been enough but the author decided to add in a story about Rhoda being framed for a crime. I did not enjoy this part of the story. It consisted of a lot of worrying and not so smart actions by various characters. Then all of a sudden it is solved and the book ends without finishing some other points that we have been reading about for a longer period of time. Sorry this sounds vague but any further description would spoil everything.
    By the end of this book I wanted to slap some sense into Rhoda and I didn’t like Jacob very much any more. I ended up liking Leah, Landon and Samuel more. Even though this was not my favorite Cindy Woodsmall book I am looking forward to the final book in the series to see how everything turns out. In general I have always enjoyed her books.
    I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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  • Posted May 29, 2013

    I enjoyed the first book in the series so much I couldn't wait t

    I enjoyed the first book in the series so much I couldn't wait to get back to these characters and Cindy did not disappoint.

    She throws you right back into the drama of Rhoda and the King brothers. The book opens with Rhoda being summoned to meet with the bishop and she knows this can't go well. I won't tell you what happens, but know there is high drama and you want to speak up for her and tell them to just leave her alone.

    Samuel is struggling with his feelings for Rhoda and I found myself wanting them to find a way to be together without hurting Jacob. Is it possible?

    Jacob is thrown into his past and it makes me mad that he won't be honest with Rhoda, you know it all has to explode in his face, right?

    Again, I won't give anything away, you'll just have to get your own copy to see what happens. I enjoyed this book as much, if not more than, the first. If you enjoy Amish fiction and some romance,pick up a copy and start reading, you won't be sorry.

    An ebook of this book was given to me by the publisher, Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group, in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted May 27, 2013

    Secrets abound in the second book of the Amish Vines and Orchard

    Secrets abound in the second book of the Amish Vines and Orchards entitled The Winnowing Season by Cindy Woodsmall. Rhoda Byler is preparing to leave for Maine to help establish a new Old Order Amish community when she is summoned to a meeting by the district's bishop and preachers. Jacob King, her beloved, says he will stand with her but Jacob receives an unexpected phone call taking him away from the meeting and traveling with her on the train to Maine. Jacob's past is calling and continues to haunt him through most of the book until he gathers the courage to make a change. But it may be to late for he arrives home unexpected and finds his brother, Samuel, has made "a pass" at Rhoda. Now Rhoda is torn between these two brothers. Plus she continues to hear a voice and feels she must find out what message the voice is trying to telling her. Will the three be able to faithfully follow God's calling as they begin this new Amish community and business? Read this exciting book to find out.
    I received this book to review from Blogging for Books for free.

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  • Posted May 21, 2013

    I enjoyed this novel almost as much as the first one! It was rea

    I enjoyed this novel almost as much as the first one! It was really good and kept me on my toes!

    My thoughts about Samuel changed so much in this novel! In the first novel, I could not stand him because I thought he was rude and then he left Catherine hanging so I thought even less of him (especially after writing a letter to the church leaders concerning Rhoda's garden)! However, I came to truly respect him because despite all the chances he had to make a move on Rhoda while Jacob was done he did not...that is until the very end! All the respect I had for him up until that point went slightly down after he told Rhoda how he felt for her only to leave her hanging when Jacob got back! I did love to read about his spiritual growth and how it affected his relationship with Leah in a positive way!

    My respect for Jacob went down a little bit too because he wasn't there to truly support Rhoda, but I knew he really loved her and that definitely showed when he went to the lawyer. The ending however really disappointed me because I thought he would really stick by Rhoda despite what happened at the end! I did however feel bad for him since he was being manipulated by Sandra.

    Rhoda is probably still my favorite character, but Leah is right up there too! She has changed so much throughout "The Winnowing Season" and I do believe it's for the better! I am really looking forward to reading more about her journey in whether she will stay Amish or not! She has got a good head on her shoulders!

    Overall, I thought this novel was great! I liked how the author threw in some twists and turns that left me breathless! Cindy does such a great job of also declaring what a real relationship with Christ is and how ultimately each individual has to make their own choice of following Jesus.

    I received this book for free from Waterbrook Press in exchange for an honest review!

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