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A Season for Tending

Cindy Woodsmall

A Season for Tending

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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... Read More

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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.

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.

Meanwhile, Samuel's younger sister Leah is testing all the boundaries during her rumschpringe, and finds herself 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, bringing them together when they need help the most.

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? In A Season for Tending, the first book in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series, author Cindy Woodsmall explores this story of hope and redemption in the face of tragedy.

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Page Count: 352
Released: 09/2012

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  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Sep 18, 2012
  • UPC: 9780307730022
  • Height: 0
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  • Length: 0
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 339
  • Publish Date: Sep 18, 2012
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042040"
  • ISBN: 0307730026

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A Fantastic New Series!! by coramdeo540 on 8/17/13
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A Season for Tending
Cindy Smallwood

Book Summary: 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? 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.
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.
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?

Review: I really like Cindy Smallwood’s writing style. While this book took me a little while to get into it was worth the effort. Once I got into the flow of it I was hooked! The characters were fresh and completely different from anything I have read by her. This was a well thought out series and I look forward to the next two. This story made me laugh, cry and realize that Rhoda was truly a fresh face for Amish readers. The Kings were fun and lively. While problems seem to plague all of them Rhoda, Landon and the Kings are realistic and fun. I knew what was coming at the end and I was still hanging on the edge of my seat when the events finally came about. Poor Rhoda really needed the Kings and they needed her. Her Daed was fantastic and truly a great addition to the entire story. I want to see more of him. There are so many different things going on at once that I wished I could read faster. I needed time to soak up everything too!
I would like to thank Edelweiss, Library Thing and Waterbrook Press for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.

A Season for Tending by Simply Delighting on 11/26/12
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While this book started out a little slow for me, it grabbed my attention in the 2nd or 3rd chapter. It’s set in an Amish community, with two main characters, Rhoda and Samuel. Rhoda is a young Amish woman who has her own canning business, but is sort of outcast because she has premonitions about future events. Samuel is owns and runs an orchard with his family, and is knowing for keeping strict Amish order. Their lives cross paths when his sister Leah, who is going through her rumspringa, ends up in Rhoda’s garden after a night of worldly events. Rhoda and Samuel go through a process of self discovery where they begin to see life differently and by forming a business partnership, bring about healing in both of their families. When a tragedy hits, it brings a chance for a new path in life for both families.

This book ends at a perfect point, leaving the reader begging for book two in the series. Once I got past the first few chapters, it was hard to put the book down. The author does a great job of sharing the Amish culture and lifestyle but also helps the reader along by explaining the Amish culture and lifestyle. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an easy, enjoyable read.

Cindy Woodsmall did a great job with the first book in this new series! by Zac's Blog on 10/27/12
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A Season for Tending is about an Amish girl, Rhoda, who has a love for gardening and canning and who has an intuition that has the town in an uproar. One day, Rhoda finds an Amish girl in her garden. This relationship blossoms into journeying to an apple orchard-where relationships are tested, some are ended, and others are started.

The Amish rumspringa is a time when the young Amish "experience the world." This is played out in the story through bad choices and past memories. Cindy Woodsmall'shttp://www.familychristian.com/skin/frontend/enterprise/familychristian/images/btn_submitreview.png knowledge of the Amish shows throughout this story. One of my favorite quotes in this story is, "Pretty is what God does in the hearts and minds of people who are a mess-whether outwardly or inwardly or both." I think this is a great reminder that each one of us are a mess and it is because of Christ and God's grace that we are able to be "pretty" and accepted by God.

I really enjoyed reading A Season for Tending. It is full of emotion and I went on a wild journey as I felt the struggles and hurt of the characters. I liked how Cindy used the examples of the Amish rumspringa because it shows how many youth (Amish or not) want to escape the ways they were raised and get to experience the world. It showed the consequences of playing around with sin and the messes it can cause. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series, The Winnowing Season.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

A Season for Tending by Cindy Woodsmall by Zac's Blog on 10/27/12
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A Season for Tending is about an Amish girl, Rhoda, who has a love for gardening and canning and who has an intuition that has the town in an uproar. One day, Rhoda finds an Amish girl in her garden. This relationship blossoms into journeying to an apple orchard-where relationships are tested, some are ended, and others are started.

The Amish rumspringa is a time when the young Amish "experience the world." This is played out in the story through bad choices and past memories. Cindy Woodsmall's knowledge of the Amish shows throughout this story. One of my favorite quotes in this story is, "Pretty is what God does in the hearts and minds of people who are a mess-whether outwardly or inwardly or both." I think this is a great reminder that each one of us are a mess and it is because of Christ and God's grace that we are able to be "pretty" and accepted by God.

I really enjoyed reading A Season for Tending. It is full of emotion and I went on a wild journey as I felt the struggles and hurt of the characters. I liked how Cindy used the examples of the Amish rumspringa because it shows how many youth (Amish or not) want to escape the ways they were raised and get to experience the world. It showed the consequences of playing around with sin and the messes it can cause. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series, The Winnowing Season.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

A Season for Tending is a Must Read! by Jodi on 9/30/12
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"God used the oddest situations to line people up and get them involved in each other lives."... "And from now on, he would be patient with the frustrating events, believing that God would use them to get His children to walk a new path" - A Season for Tending.

I received a free copy of A Season for Tending from Waterbrook Press to read and review and I was so delighted! Cindy Woodsmall is one of my favorite authors. Thanks Waterbrook!

A Season for Tending is the first book in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series. If you've never read any of Cindy's books before I would recommend that you try them. Even if you are not a fan of Amish fiction.

If I gave this book a theme verse it would be:
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" Jeremiah 29:11.

Every year, since she was a little girl, Rhoda Byler received a berry and an herb plant from her father for her birthday. Now a grown woman, Rhoda's garden has grown to an acre in size and she is the operator of a successful canning business called Rhodes Side Stands. Rhoda is a very intuitive woman, which along with her desire to use herbs as a healing property, has caused some problems for her in her community. She also carries a load of guilt and wishes she had followed her intuition before it was to late.

Ever since he was a little boy, Samuel King's grandfather gave him the very first apple harvested from Kings Apple Orchard. Since his grandfather passed, Samuel has been in charge of the apple orchard. Due to a series of unfortuante events, Samuel is forced to look for help as well as a solution to the orchards overabundance of cider apples. Maybe Rhoda is the solution?

Will Rhoda agree to help the Kings? Will she be an outcast in the Kings community as well as her own?

This book had me captivated from beginning to end. When I thought I had it figured out, Cindy offered up a new twist in the plot. She takes the time to properly introduce her characters before diving into the heart of the story. A Season for Tending is going to be a well-worn favorite of mine for sure

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