September 2, 2013

Reviewing "The Winnowing Season"

"The Winnowing Season" by Cindy Woodsmall, is the second book in the "Amish Vines and Orchards Series" and I found it to be just as delightful as the first book.   I was already attached to the characters from book one and was glad to find that this book picked up right where the last one left off.  When I find myself rooting for the characters, or getting upset at the characters in a series and feeling nervous about what might happen next, I know I've been completely sucked in.  This is definitely the case for me with this series. :)
Here is a summary from the publisher:
"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."

Doesn't that summary make you want to pick this one up immediately? I found that this book was filled with suspense, intrigue, and romance.  And while oftentimes a rarity in a book series, I enjoyed this book even more than book one.  Woodsmall's writing style is a pleasure to read and in my opinion she is doing a great service for the Amish literature genre.  If you've never read a series like this one, this would be a great place to start. 

Click here for more information about Cindy Woodsmall: Cindy Woodsmall's website

Disclaimer: I received the book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

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