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May 3, 2013


THE WINNOWING SEASON                                                                      5 STARS
by Cindy Woodsmall


OVERVIEW: (from Goodreads)
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? 

This book is Book Two of the AMISH VINES AND ORCHARDS SERIES and it's as good as it gets. This is a  stand alone book but it would be nice if you could read Book one first  .Ms. Woodsmall starts the book out with a little overview from Book One but you really should read it.

Book Two picks up where Book One ended.  Rhoda Byler has a God gift and she struggles with it. She is hoping things get better when they get to the new community in Maine, where she is going to help establish with Jacob and Samuel King and some others.

Jacob King is in love with Rhoda but is fighting his own  dark issues. Samuel King realizes, perhaps too late, what he really wants.  Leah King,, Jacob and Samuel's sister is thinking of leaving her Amish faith..Can they survive the hardships and the problems that are increasing with every day?  Will Jacob clear up his dark past and ask Rhoda to marry him?  And Samuel, what is it that Samuel wants so desperately?.You'll find that you feel very down for Rhoda.  She has this gift from God and it seems like it constantly gets her and others in trouble.Will Rhoda's  nightmare end or will she realize it for what it is?  The author, Ms. WoodsmaLL, writes such amazing books.  The books hold your attention to where you don't want to quit reading.  She uses such good descriptions of the characters and their surroundings.  You feel and want to be right there with Rhoda canning and fussing with the King brothers.  Or with Leah, learning that partying can have consequences and they can be bad.  If you have a chance,  pick up this book and Book One and ENJOY!.  If you're like me, I read and couldn't let go.  Anxiously waiting for Book Three.  Thanks Ms. Woodsmall for your wonderful books.

I would give this book a definite 5 STARS.
I received this complimentary copy of this book WINNOWING SEASON BOOK TWO by author, Cindy Woodsmall from Waterbrookmulnomah Publishing for this unbiased review.

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author who has written six novels, three novellas, and Plain Wisdom, a work of nonfiction coauthored with her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud. She’s been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life.

She is also a veteran homeschool mom who no longer holds that position. As her children progressed in age, her desire to write grew stronger. After working through reservations whether this desire was something she should pursue, she began her writing journey. Her husband was her staunchest supporter as she aimed for what seemed impossible.

She’s won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer’s Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings’ Best Books of the Year. She’s been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.

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