Tuesday, September 3, 2013

For Every Season (Amish Vines and Orchards, Book 3) by Cindy Woodsmall

In July of this year, I reviewed Book 2 in the Amish Vines and Orchards series.  I was pleased to have the opportunity to find out what was happening next with Rhoda, Jacob, and Samuel.  I’m not telling the ending, but only that I was pleased with how things are working out. 
The book starts out with Rhoda living with the Englisch (non-Amish) neighbors of the apple farm in Maine that she and the King brothers have begun restoring.  Neither Jacob nor Samuel is speaking to each other or to her.  Of course, they cannot continue to function that way.  There has to be healing, restoration, and communication between them or the business will fail.  But how can they function when each of the brothers love Rhoda? 
The Englisch couple Rhoda lives with have secrets into which Rhoda receives insight.  But Camilla does not want to talk about her secrets.  After Camilla was injured in a hit and run accident, she was willing to listen.  Samuel helped Rhoda realize that God gave her insights to help others, not to torture herself. 
Jacob’s secret past is slowing being revealed, and he is getting legal help so he can be free of the past.  He wants to marry Rhoda and take her away from Samuel’s influence, but Rhoda’s heart is in the apple orchard.  Should she give up everything she loves for Jacob?
Leah, Samuel and Jacob’s sister, is trying to decide whether to stay Amish or keep dating and going to a church with her non-Amish friend.  She realizes the benefits of both worlds, but does not want to lose the family connections that are so strong and important.  At the end of the book, she still is not sure what to do.
Sometimes I felt impatient with how slowly conflicts were getting resolved.  But I realize that in real life, things take time.  I already knew before I started reading this book that Cindy Woodsmall had decided to write a fourth book in the series.  So I was surprised that I was not left “hanging” at the end of this book, like happened at the end of the second one.  Of course, Rhoda’s relationship is the only one resolved so far, but to me, that is the main concern.  Definitely, a fourth book is needed to complete all the other people’s journeys.
I enjoyed reading this book.  For any Amish fiction fans, this is definitely a series to read. 
I received my free copy of For Every Season from Waterbrook/Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.

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