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April 19, 2013

A SEASON FOR TENDING by Cindy Woodsmall

by Cindy Woodsmall

OVERVIEW: (from Amazon)
In a community where conformity flourishes, seeds of Rhoda’s odd behavior were planted long ago. Can she cultivate her relationships with the same care and tenderness that she gives her beloved garden?
Miles away in Harvest Mills, Samuel King struggles to keep his family’s apple orchard profitable. As the eldest son, Samuel farms with his brothers, the irrepressible Jacob and brash Eli, while his longtime girlfriend Catherine remains hopeful that Samuel will marry her when he feels financially stable.

Old Order Amish Rhoda Byler’s unusual gift and her remarkable abilities to grow herbs and berries have caused many to think her odd. As rumors mount that Rhoda’s “gift” is a detriment to the community, she chooses isolation, spending her time in her fruit garden and on her thriving canning business. 

Meanwhile, Samuel’s younger sister Leah is testing all the boundaries during her rumschpringe, and finds herself far from home in Rhoda’s garden after a night of partying gone badly. But Leah’s poor choices serve as a bridge between Rhoda and the King family when a tragic mistake in the orchard leaves Samuel searching for solutions.
Rhoda’s expertise in canning could be the answer, but she struggles with guilt over the tragic death of her sister and doesn’t trust herself outside her garden walls. As the lines between business, love, and family begin to blur, can Rhoda finally open up to a new life? And what effect will this odd, amazing woman have on the entire King family? 


The author wrote a wonderful story with characters that leave you feeling like you are walking beside them every step of the way. Rhoda Byler has an uncanny way of sensing when something is awry or something bad is about to happen. A lot of people wouldn't consider this a blessing. She is the one that has a touch for growing berries and herbs. Some of the townspeople find her very odd and try to stay away from her. Then there is Samuel King, works hard, has a stubborn streak and rather curt when he speaks. Samuel has an apple orchard that he is struggling to keep going. Leah is so young and innocent, she has a bad habit of making wrong choices.

When you are reading this book you just fall in love with the characters and their situations. You just want all books to be like this. You will not be able to put this book down. You'll just want to turn the pages faster and faster. So grab a copy of this book and take a walk around King's Apple Orchard or help Leah make a decision. This is a book that deserves your undivided attention. I would recommend this book to anyone. It's a wonderfully written book where you can lose your cares and problems for a little while. We all need that occasionally. Cindy Woodsmall has done it again. High Five to you Ms. Woodsmall.

I give this book 5 STARS.

This complimentary book was provided by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this unbiased review.

117290 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.

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