Seasons of Tomorrow (Amish Vines and Orchards Series #4)

Seasons of Tomorrow (Amish Vines and Orchards Series #4)

by Cindy Woodsmall


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As love restores Rhoda, a sudden tragedy is the test of faith she never saw coming.

More settled in her heart than ever before, Rhoda Byler feels a newfound confidence living in the Old Order Amish settlement she helped establish in Orchard Bend, Maine. Time has helped to heal the wounds of Rhoda’s recent severed relationship, and she finds that even her unusual gift of profound intuition is less of a burden as she continues to seek God’s wisdom for her future. She is happy to be working alongside the King family and the love of her life as they tend and nurture the settlement’s orchard.

Yet when Leah King’s involvement with Englischer Landon Olson becomes known outside of the Maine community, her disregard of the Ordnung could threaten all the Orchard Bend Amish are building. In the midst of addressing the discord, a shocking tragedy challenges the young settlement like never before, threatening to uproot Rhoda’s peace and the future of everything she holds dear.

When several members of Orchard Bend Farms are displaced, the estranged King brother is called upon to return. Can those who founded the new Amish community in Maine unite Or will the lingering pain of past hurts and present struggles result in the end of their dreams?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307729989
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Series: Amish Vines and Orchards Series , #4
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 264,683
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times, USA Today, and CBA best-selling author. She has published fourteen works of fiction and one nonfiction book. Her connection with the Amish community has been widely featured in national media outlets. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now-empty nest.

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As Samuel was helping Rhoda gather cards, Landon’s cell phone buzzed, and he reached into his pocket. He usually glanced at it and slid it back into his pocket unless his grandmother was calling. But this time his smile faded, and he held the phone out toward Samuel. “It’s the number from your family’s farm in Pennsylvania.”
Since the only phone for this place was in the barn office and they spent very little time out there when it was below freezing, Samuel had given Landon’s number to his Daed in case of an emergency. The room grew quiet, and all eyes were on Samuel. He took the phone and slid his finger across the screen. “Hallo.”
“Samuel, what’s going on up there?”
His Daed’s tone was severe, and a bad feeling washed over Samuel. “Can you hold for a few minutes and let me get elsewhere?”
Samuel got up, hitting the mute button. “I need to talk to him, but apparently there isn’t an emergency.”
Leah tossed her cards onto the pile. “I’m done.”
Landon and Steven nodded and gathered the cards. Clearly, the mood was broken. Samuel had fielded many more calls from his Daed lately, each one less tolerant of this new settlement than the previous call.
Leah moved from the floor to the couch. “For him to stay this riled, he must be on that Amish chat line again, hearing negative stuff about us.” She sighed and rolled her eyes. “They ought to call it what it is—the Amish gossip line.”
“Leah, kumm alleweil.” Steven’s gentle correction was meant to settle her, and as the only church leader for this new settlement, his words carried weight.
While walking into the kitchen, Samuel turned off the mute. “Hey, Daed. I’m surprised you’re using Landon’s cell when there’s no emergency.”
“It might be a crisis. What’s this rumor I’ve heard about Leah seeing that Englisch assistant of Rhoda’s?”
Samuel pressed his lips together. Which of the new Amish families that had moved here over the last six months had shared that information? Apparently someone intended to end the relationship.
“Leah is in her rumschpringe, Daed.”
“But I let her leave Pennsylvania under your charge, and I’m not going to put up with these rumors.”
Dozens of arguments ran through Samuel’s mind. As he opened his mouth to rebut, he saw movement in the living room that caught his attention.
The three women—Rhoda, Leah, and Phoebe—had moved to the couch. Arie was sitting in Leah’s lap, and her hair had been taken down from its bun. Leah brushed Arie’s hair as the women whispered and giggled. They worked hard and loved deeply. He’d never witnessed the kind of unison they had.
“Samuel,” his Daed growled, “are you even listening to me?”
Samuel’s mouth went dry as angst grabbed hold of him. He’d been clinging to the hope that if he handled the situation right between his Daed and Leah, he could keep all the relationships intact. Had it been a false hope?
The Amish had ways of applying constant pressure when they disagreed with someone’s behavior, and if that failed to change the person’s actions, he or she was shunned. Not officially through the church, but through mandatory actions that said you’re not welcome here anymore unless you change. How could he possibly shun Leah? Worse, how could Rhoda and Phoebe do so? But if it came to the point of shunning her and they didn’t do as told, they would be subject to the same treatment.
Besides, Steven was a church leader now. He and Phoebe would have to uphold the Ordnung, or the consequences would be unbearable. Maybe Daed just needed a reminder of who was the spiritual head here.
“Steven is working with Leah, praying for her, guiding her as he sees fit.”
“He’s young, not yet thirty, and some don’t think he’s handling the Old Ways as carefully as he should. Others doubt he should’ve been chosen since his sister remains under a shadow of doing witchcraft.”
“That’s absurd. Rhoda doesn’t—”
“Save it, Samuel. I heard on the chat line that a bishop in Berks County is thinking of moving his family to your area. If he does, he’ll outrank Steven and bring the kind of order Orchard Bend Amish should’ve had all along.”
Every Amish person who’d helped establish this new settlement firmly believed in the Amish ways and culture, but they had pushed a lot of lines since arriving here sixteen months ago. Their hearts were in the right place, but sometimes the Amish rules got in the way of believers following their consciences. That’s when those on Orchard Bend Farms bent the rules, and Samuel didn’t regret doing so.
Somehow Samuel had to stop his Daed from doing anything that would cause the Old Ways to move into this home like a poisonous gas, choking the breath out of the relationships.
But how?

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Seasons of Tomorrow (Amish Vines and Orchards Series #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Tricia2 More than 1 year ago
Loved all four books in this series and highly recommend them!!!!
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic continuation of this series.  This may be the last of this series and it ended wonderfully.  It was well wrapped up.  I love all the characters that have been in the four book series.  This was well written and so enjoyable.  I received this book from blogging for books for a fair and honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this stirring conclusion to Woodsmall's latest contemporary Amish romance series, a shocking tragedy upsets Rhoda Byler's peace about her future relationships and the young Maine settlement is challenged again. Love and joy abound in the Bylers' and Kings' new Old Order Amish settlement in Orchard Bend, Maine. It's been a year since the brother Rhoda couldn't commit to left, and some healing has taken place. With the remaining King brother by her side, Rhoda finally feels free to give herself fully to nurturing the orchard and pursuing a better understanding of her God-given gifts. With new confidence, she sets out to help find her Englischer friend's missing grandchild, but can Rhoda make the needed difference or will "seeing through a glass darkly" cause her to stumble? And when it is least expected, Rhoda's world is suddenly uprooted again as disaster strikes a founding member of the Orchard Bend Amish.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite Life has settled down more at Orchard Bend Farms after Samuel and Rhoda finally confessed their feelings for each other. Jacob has left the Old Order Amish settlement and is not likely to return. Leah and her Englischer friend Landon are in love, and Leah will probably leave the Amish, but not if Leah’s dad has anything to do with it. And in the meantime, disaster strikes at the orchard and everyone’s lives are turned upside down. Can this family stick together through their horrible and difficult situations or will life turn out to be a disaster for the King family. Or, I might say, can Cindy Woodsmall weave together this dysfunctional family with all of its many twists and turns, mostly bad ones, and come up with an ending that will bless everyone? One thing I love about Cindy Woodsmall’s books is that I know each one will be a different Amish story with many unique and exciting twists and turns. With everything going on in this fourth and last book in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series, I kept getting nervous because I couldn’t see a way for this story to end without everyone falling apart. But yet again, the amazing Ms. Woodsmall so wonderfully weaves together all of the dysfunctions of this family and their friends, as well as the many difficult situations they are forced to face, and comes up with an ending that will delight your very being. I loved this series and these four books are keepers for me. If you enjoy Amish books, this one is an absolute must.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
 This has been one of my all-time favorite series and this one was no exception among the four books.   Rhoda is highly misunderstood and mistreated due to her gift of "knowing" or "intuition" in my opinion.   I think the church needs to be more understanding of her.   Jacob also seems to be rather misunderstood, even by his own family.  In this book, he is hurt in a deep and lasting way.   I truly feel for him and was rooting for his happiness as I read.   Landon and Leah's relationship seems destined for heartache as well.  Can any of these characters catch a break?   Cindy tops off a great book with some amazing apple recipes featured in the book on the Apple Orchard and perfected by Rhoda.  I can hardly wait to try out some of these recipes.  Yummy apples!    I love the book and highly recommend it to readers.   5 Stars all the way!!! 
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
The divine gift on intuition and insight that Rhoda Byler has been given to her by God, have many in the Amish community Orchard Bend, Maine questioning its validity. Most of the Old Order Amish believe that she is practicing witchcraft when the visions she has come true without any knowledge of just how she knows these things before they happen. Even Rhoda herself can't explain them, just that she does. Most of the times, she keeps these visions to herself because of the accusations being waged against her by her own people, most vocal by Samuel and Jacob King's father. They have moved from Pennsylvania to begin a new community and to establish Orchard Bend Farms, an apple orchard and canning business and have partnered with Rhoda Byler in part to her knowledge and experience in organic growing and tending the orchards. She was also in love with Jacob at one point believing they would be married. But over time, secrets have caused a great divide between them. Jacob has a past that he has kept secret which involves another woman, Sandra and her daughter Casey and placed them all in legal hot water. When Rhoda herself wound up dealing with her own set of legal issues, instead of standing by her, Jacob left in an attempt to keep his secrets from hampering her investigation. Yet what they did was to cause Rhoda to gain support from Samuel, his brother, and over time, they both began to develop feelings for one another. Even though they tried to deny their feelings, eventually all three realized that the relationship between Jacob and Rhoda would never amount to what a marriage should be based on and Jacob called it off. Instead of resolving his bitterness against Samuel and Rhoda, Jacob moved away to give them all time to heal. Now that the orchard is in full swing getting read for spring, an unforeseen tragedy will test everyone involved in unprecedented ways. Samuel's sister Leah is struggling with her own romantic feelings for Landon, an Englischer that was hired by Rhoda as her assistant to help build the business. Even though he understands the complications facing Leah by their love, he can't help but wonder if God has bigger plans in store for them. If they don't keep their feelings out of the public eye, Leah could face shunning by her community as well as bring down the orchard business for Rhoda and the King family if they get rid of Landon. They too could face shunning from their community for letting an Englischer causing one of their own to fall astray. But Leah is starting to come to an understanding of God's love through her faith by attending Landon's church and believes God might be calling her in a different direction. Once again if she walks away from her Amish faith, and leaves with Landon it will jeopardize more than just Orchard Bend Farms but isolate herself from her support system as well. I received Seasons of Tomorrow by Cindy Woodsmall compliments Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for my honest review and did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable one. This is the fourth book in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series. I've loved this series from the first novel and have been wanting more of it with each additional novel that Cindy writes. The best part of this one, is the recap of the entire series up to this point at the beginning. It provides a brief look at what has been happening to all the major characters through the first three novels so you can jump right in. I love when authors do this, not so much because new readers might pick this one up without realizing there are more in the series and might be lost, but for those of us that patiently wait until the next novel comes out, the time that has passed makes us forget where we left off without having to go back and reread the previous books. The best part of this series for me, is the gift of foresight that Rhoda is given by God. It isn't something she can control or make happen when she needs it, but when it happens like a day dream, she has to make sense of what is happening by the clues she is given, like looking through a photo album and seeing pictures of her friends and then minutes later someone in those pictures is now missing. She isn't sure why that is, will they die, are they going to leave, or are they being removed for some other reason. Trust me, this series has been may favorite so far and can't wait for more. I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars.
HPedersen More than 1 year ago
In final book of Amish Vines and Orchards, Woodsmall does an excellent job of bringing closure to each character. Filled with rich suspense and mystery, it is sure to capture the hearts of those that have followed along from the very beginning. 
JamieLittle More than 1 year ago
In this final installment of the Amish Vines and Orchards series, we catch up with the Byler and King families at the Old Order Amish settlement the founded in Orchard Bend, Maine. All the family members are working side-by-side in the orchard and canning business, they’ve even been able to hire on a few people to help them keep up with it all. Everything seems to be going well until the depth of the relationship between Leah King and Englisher Landon Olson is discovered. Because their behavior could threaten the livelihood of every member of the Orchard Bend Amish, drastic measures are taken that cause rifts in the family and hardships for the orchard workers. Just when it seems that the dust is starting to settle, the family is hit with unexpected tragedy.  What results is a story that beautifully wraps up the series, drawing it to a conclusion. I’m very glad that I was given the opportunity to read and review all the books in this series, but I was sad to see it all come to an end. That being said, I appreciate that the author made sure to answer all questions the reader may have, not leaving loose endings. I really enjoyed following the story of the Kings and the Bylers, their quest to establish a new settlement while not getting over absorbed with the legalism that can often accompany the Amish faith made for an interesting story. While I am sad to part ways with Rhoda and the crew, I look forward to reading more by Cindy Woodsmall. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
Seasons of Tomorrow by Cindy Woodsmall is the fourth and final book in the Amish Vines and Orchards series. Rhoda Byler’s life has been a series of ups and down but she has finally admitted that she loves Jacob King but is in love with Samuel King and is now living an almost peaceful life. Jacob leaves the Amish settlement in Maine to work as a builder, a vocation that he loves. He still feels responsible for Sandra and gives her financial help but her young daughter has a piece of his heart. While away on a building job he literally runs into Esther and he immediately feels an attraction to her but thinks that she is married. Leah King goes against all the rules of the Old Order Amish and has fallen in love with Englisher Landon Olson. This relationship could have a very negative influence on the new Amish community in Orchard Bend, Maine. To add even more turmoil to the lives of all in the new Amish settlement, Rhoda’s sister-in-law Phoebe contracts a deadly virus and everyone is not only fearful for her life but for the life of the child she is carrying. Cindy did an excellent job in the development of the characters, plot, dialogue, and scenes. I already knew and loved the characters but this book make each of them even more loveable. The dialogue between the characters drew me into the book and kept me interested to the last page. Her description of the scenes were so realistic that I was right there in the orchard helping with all the before harvest work and then helping to pick apples. Scenes with Rhoda cooking up apples for her different products were so real that I could feel the heat from the stove. There were several twists and turns in the plot line and the story also had a good bit of suspense which added greatly to my enjoyment of the story. Several of the characters had problems that had to be solved and I really like the way that the author solved everyone of them. I was quite happy with the ending. I really liked the way that the author gave a short synopsis of the three previous books at the beginning of this book. I listened to the first three on audio and it was nice to have a refresher of what had already happened. If you would like more information check out this site, the author’s website, and the author’s bio. I highly recommend this book to all readers that love an Amish novel. I do suggest that you read the books in order for it just makes for more enjoyable reading, at least in my opinion. Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this series and this book didn't disappoint.
SweetPeanutsMom More than 1 year ago
Okay I did fear what book 4 of Amish Vines and Orchards would bring. But it was all for naught. Seasons of Tomorrow was a satisfying end to a great series of books. Cindy writes as no other Amish fiction author. Her characters are individuals with quirks to rival any Englischers. I will miss the characters and wonder a bit about Jacob's story but I'm happy for everyone (and that matters in fiction). You will enjoy this.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I have just said goodbye to an awesome series and a bunch of friends that I am sad to leave. This being the fourth and final book in the Amish Vines and Orchards stories and knowing the end is here, I hating turning the last page. When the story reopens where is Jacob now? A continuing question throughout the books, and yes this will be answered. Leah is still struggling and now the Maine Community knows that she is keeping company with an Englischer, Landon . Landon has been Rhoda’s right hand man, coming from PA with them, and he has a local connection of his Grandmother. He was actually instrumental in having this Community move to Maine. There are some heart breaking and tragic events here, and we are on pins and needles waiting and hoping. The orchard work is consuming, and there are fewer and fewer workers to help. It gets to the point where you wonder if they are going to fail and all move back to PA where it all began. Some of the things that you might want to happen do, but maybe not the way you want. As with the other books, these people put their trust in God, and let his will prevail. Saying goodbye is not easy, we have come to love and visit with these people, who have become like family. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to have a continuing relationship with fictional people, ah if only? I would choose to keep visiting with these dear people. Hope you will pick up this series and come to know them well!! Enjoy! I received this book from the Publisher Waterbrook Press, and was not required to give a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cindy Woodsmall favorite writer of Amish fiction. I've been a fan since seeing her on.Oprah, yrs ago. She never.lets me down. Caracters in her books are true to life and each one has their own challenges in life and faith. The 4th book in the series.ledt me.hoping there will be a 5th! I want to.see how Jacob & Esther's evolves. How Landon & Leah's marriage effects her store & his work on I want to see how life wrorks out for.Jojo, Sandra & their daighters. If.this is your first book written by Cindy I suggest reading all.her others. Unlike other Amish authors i have read Cindy's characters never've read this.storyline before, but with different names. She is a wonderful writer. Her books leave you waiting for another. I promise you won't be disapointed.
Lindz2012 More than 1 year ago
Rhoda has started feeling settle in Maine. She starts to follow her god talent and tries to help an englisher with finding her grandchild. Soon a family tragedy happens and things start unravel a bit in Maine. Will the new settlement stay and be able to establish. Samuel dat come to make a demand about his daughter Leah. What will happen to all though who are making it a go in Orchard Bend, Maine. You may like how it ends up and see all the battles the new settlement need to overcome?
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
This was by far my favorite book in this series! I loved the conclusion and so happy that it was a good ending for everyone! Plus it was awesome to meet a few new characters that I loved! I really enjoyed that Leah and Landon's relationship was a big part of the book in this one! I have really loved both of these characters from the very beginning! They have definitely had some rocky bumps along the journey! Probably my favorite thing in this one is the full spiritual aspect of the Amish and English beliefs as well as Rhoda's gift! It was interesting to see things Leah was learning at church and how really it went with what the Amish believed too. It was very eye-opening and I am glad that Cindy handled it all with grace and lots of Scriptures! Overall, this has been one of my favorite Amish series with this novel being my favorite! There is plenty of drama, faith, family, and love! I am happy and sad that this the end of the Kings' journey, but it was a blast to learn so much about the Amish faith and their deep ties to family! I highly recommend this novel as well as the series to any Amish book lovers! I give Seasons of Tomorrow a 5 out of 5 stars! *(I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review!)*
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
Seasons of Tomorrow Amish Vines and Orchards, Book 4 by Cindy Woodsmall Seasons of Tomorrow is a great tale of an newly established Amish community . You read about the lives of four couples living at Orchard Bend Farms in Maine. They are working the canning season and harvest while struggling to make a go of the community. Rhonda Byler finds herself part of a new Old Order Amish settlement, where she is a horticulturist. She has recently broken up with her boyfriend Jacob and has started dating his brother Samuel King. Jacob has to return to the Orchard to help out when Phoebe and Steven Byler’s lives meet tragic circumstances. In the mean time Leah Byler falls in love with Englischer Landon Olson. This book is action packed, fast paced and full of drama. The couples of this community deal with the challenges of living in a strict Amish community while facing the temptations of the world the live in. The struggles they face are similar to those faced by new Christians wanting to live a life that is pleasing to God. I am a big fan of Amish Fiction but this is the first I have read by author Cindy Woodsmall. I found this book to be well written, with characters that pull you in. Seasons of Tomorrow is book four of a series but it can be read by itself but would be much better read as part of the hold series. The author intertwined the stories of the three other books in this one so it was easy to know what was happening. I have not read the other three but plan on reading them as soon as I can my hands on them. I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest option. I recommend this book to all that love Amish Fiction and Christian Fiction, I give it 4 stars. I want to give a high-five to the author Cindy Woodsmall and publisher for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. Blogging for Books provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for their, the authors and publishers generosity.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Cindy -  Ohhh, what a wonderful book/series. Cindy tells how if you work hard and talk things out you can have a wonderful life. Through the struggles, through the differences in faith, even through banning and near death experiences, this story tells how you can make it through without making enemies of those you love. Some of the best stories I've read have been written by Cindy and I'm always looking for more of her books to read, I just wish I read faster or there were more than 24 hours in a day to read everything on my TBR pile. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BloggingforBooks(dot)org book review bloggers program. 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.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book the day it came out. I absolutely loved it! In three sentences, I'll give an overview on the book. A dutiful, independent, strong minded, young, and able girl, Rhoda has been faced with dificult happenings throughout her life one of which was falling in love with two brothers. The pain of Jacob's walking out and the stress of sister-in-law's weak health, the harvest, her intuitions, and the fear of Leah leaving the Amish faith are all weighing her down. Will all of the members of the Orchard Bend Farm be able to work together and forget past hurts for the sake of their thriving business?
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Misty feather, shimmerstar, legend are the main targets! Hide! THEY KNOW YOULL DO ANYTHING TO DEFEND THIS CLAN!!!
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No doubt l am.