Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Winnowing Season Book Review

I have another really awesome Amish story that depicts the way they live, to tell you about called The Winnowing Season, which is Book 2 of the Amish Vines & Orchards series written by Cindy Woodsmall.
Here is an excerpt from the back of the book:
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.

Book 2 of the Amish Vines and Orchards series asks: can the three faithfully follow God’s leading and build a new home and orchard in Maine? Or will this new beginning lead to more ruin and heartbreak?
This actually a very good book that involves three people, one is Rhoda, who is 21 years old and two brothers, Samuel & Jacob King.  Rhoda has a special gift in that she can see the past and the future.  She is very furious when Samuel lets it leak out about what she can do and what she can't do.
A tornado destroys the King Orchards in Pennsylvannia and this causes all three of them to go to Unity, Maine to set up a new orchard.  Rhoda is very religious and very strict about her beliefs which sometimes causes people to remind her not to be so stubborn about things.
There is also a triangle love story going on as Rhoda thinks that she and Jacob will be together in the end but has a surprise coming in the end.
One day three girls are found in their Orchards and they have been smoking pot. She tells them to never come back unless they are invited. One of the girls named Gretchen, got caught with smoking pot so she blamed in all on Rhoda, saying that she went over there and Rhoda, the Amish lady, gave her some herb tea!
Wow, those are very serious charges and one that you don't take lightly. This could ruin people's lives, especially the innocent party. I can't believe sometimes how teens and young adults can just throw out someone's name for an excuse to get out of the trouble.  This could have actually sent her to jail and evidently the police did not even consider that the teen was lying.
This one horrible incident sets things in motion for the ending of the book and I would love to tell you about it but don't want to ruin the whole book for you. This is one Amish story you really want to read.
Happy Reading! 
Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.