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June 12, 2014

SEASONS OF TOMORROW by -----Cindy Woodsmall

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Seasons of Tomorrow: Book Four in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series

Amish Vines and Orchards
Book 4
Cindy Woodsmall
  • Series: Amish Vines and Orchards (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307729982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307729989
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?
I would recommend reading this series in order.  The character that is followed throughout the books is Rhoda Byler. The books also carry forth the characters from the first books that we cherish so much. This book started as the last left off. 
The author has written a wonderful, heart-warming set of books and has done a lovely job of ending the series.  Questions were answered and the reader feels satisfied with the series. The author wrote the characters to be so real, with emotions that anyone could feel.  Living in Maine wasn't easy and the author brought that through to the reader.  Just as the Englischers, right when you think you have it all together, it falls apart.  The author had the characters truly testing their love, friendship and devotion to family.  Romance was a tricky thing with the trio of  Samuel, Jacob and Rhoda.  Two brothers loving the same girl.  Quite touchy and touching.
Rhoda and Samuel finally found their deep love for each other.  Jacob, well, I felt so bad for Jacob, he left Maine and is trying to get his life together.Will Jacob learn to open his heart again for new love?  Leah is still at a lost stage, not knowing if she wants to be Amish or Englisch.  Will Landon and Leah find their way to true love or will they find they have to be apart?
The author gave us such hopes and dreams of a better tomorrow, but among those hopes and dreams were heartache and pain from the past and the present.
I  would want everyone to read this lovely book.  You'll feel part of the  Amish and Englisch and their daily lives, that aren't much different from ours, the reader.
The author seems like she has a few little twists and turns in her books to keep the story alive.  I can't say any more than you have to read this.  It was simply true to life.

I was given a complimentary copy of SEASONS OF TOMORROW by Cindy Woodsmall from Blogging for Books Review Program for my view of the book. No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 5 STARS.
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times, CBA, ECPA, and USA Today best-selling author who has written a dozen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal,and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as the second most popular author of Amish fiction, following Beverly Lewis.

She's 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.

Her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity. Though she didn't realize it at the time, seeds were sown years ago that began preparing Cindy to write these books. At the age of ten, while living in the dairy country of Maryland, she became best friends with Luann, a Plain Mennonite girl. Luann, like all the females in her family, wore the prayer Kapp and cape dresses. Her parents didn't allow television or radios, and many other modern conveniences were frowned upon. During the numerous times Luann came to Cindy's house to spend the night, her rules came with her and the two were careful to obey them--afraid that if they didn't, the adults would end their friendship. Although the rules were much easier to keep when they spent the night at Luann's because her family didn't own any of the forbidden items, both sets of parents were uncomfortable with the relationship and a small infraction of any kind would have been enough reason for the parents to end the relationship. While navigating around the adults' disapproval and the obstacles in each other's lifestyle, the two girls bonded in true friendship that lasted into their teen years, until Cindy's family moved to another region of the US.

As an adult, Cindy became friends with a wonderful Old Order Amish family who opened their home to her. Although the two women, Miriam and Cindy, live seven hundred miles apart geographically, and a century apart by customs, when they come together they never lack for commonality, laughter, and dreams of what only God can accomplish through His children. Over the years Cindy has continued to make wonderful friendships with those inside the Amish and Mennonite communities--from the most conservative ones to the most liberal. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now empty nest.


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