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For Every Season: Book Three in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series

Cindy Woodsmall
For Every Season: Book Three in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series
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Working hard to develop a new Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is fully committed to rehabilitating an orchard with business partner Samuel King. But an impulsive decision has created an unexpected strain in her relationship with her beau, Samuel's brothe... Read More

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Working hard to develop a new Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is fully committed to rehabilitating an orchard with business partner Samuel King. But an impulsive decision has created an unexpected strain in her relationship with her beau, Samuel's brother, Jacob, threatening plans for the orchard. Amidst mounting tension in matters of the heart and business, Rhoda finds that this fledging settlement feels like the home she has always longed for, and she begins to embrace the God-given, heightened intuition that has always felt like a burden to her. She longs for Jacob to fully be free of his past, so they can work towards the future together.

But as Rhoda uses her gift to unpack an old secret with her Englisch neighbors, it is not her beau but an unlikely ally that cheers her on. With the orchard on shaky ground and Jacob's plans in question, Rhoda is determined to see things through to harvest. But can she trust her insight to direct her path in matters of the heart?

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Page Count: 323
Released: 10/2013

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  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Aug 20, 2013
  • UPC: 9780307730060
  • Height: 0
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  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 323
  • Publish Date: Aug 20, 2013
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  • BISAC: "FIC026000"
  • ISBN: 0307730069

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For Every Season by Nancee on 10/31/13
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Rhoda Byler has a heightened intuition causing her to have premonitions, visions and hearing the voice of her sister Emma, who was murdered a few years earlier. In a new chapter in her life helping restore an abandoned apple orchard and establish a new Amish community in Maine, Rhoda hopes to escape the ghosts of her past. Rhoda has had an ongoing relationship with Jacob King, who is drawn out of her life more often than into it due to serious troubles as a result of his past. His brother, Samuel, and Rhoda have trouble meeting eye to eye where business decisions regarding the orchard come into play, but Samuel's respect and admiration for Rhoda has turned his head, and as he succumbs to kissing Rhoda, Jacob appears once again. Jacob is infuriated with his brother for kissing Rhoda, and throughout the story the brothers are at odds with each other. When an Indiana Amish girl is hired to help with the paperwork at the farm Rhoda is forced to move in with an Englisch couple. Rhoda loves the peace and beauty of her surroundings in the orchard, and looks forward to canning the fruits of her labors, but her future there is threatened by Jacob's jealousy over the kiss that Samuel and Rhoda shared. His jealous accusations and insecurities cause continuing stress for Rhoda.

Numerous characters are involved in this book, the third in a series. I received the book without having the opportunity to read the two previous books in the series, and found it hard to sort out all of the characters at first. Cindy Woodsmall is an artist at depicting a beautiful portrait of the locale in this book, and I easily envisioned the beautiful countryside with the orchard developing throughout the spring and summer months as the story develops. The main characters are very well defined to the point that I was constantly frustrated with Jacob and his penchant for running off to "take care of his self-imposed issues" at Rhoda's expense. I became irritated with Rhoda for her indecisive and spineless nature in her relationship with Jacob, dropping everything at Jacob's insistence in order to please him. This book is well written, but I would not recommend it as a stand-alone novel. There is too much information based on the previous books in the series, and the story ends rather abruptly as a sequel is to follow. I would love to read the entire series of books in order to have the advantage of the long-range advancement of character development and evolving plot developments.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

Waited So Long For This!! by Robin on 10/14/13
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For Every Season: Book Three in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series
Cindy Woodsmall

Book Summary: Working hard to develop a new Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is fully committed to rehabilitating an orchard with business partner Samuel King. But an impulsive decision has created an unexpected strain in her relationship with her beau, Samuel’s brother, Jacob, threatening plans for the orchard. Amidst mounting tension in matters of the heart and business, Rhoda finds that this fledging settlement feels like the home she has always longed for, and she begins to embrace the God-given, heightened intuition that has always felt like a burden to her. She longs for Jacob to fully be free of his past, so they can work towards the future together.
 
But as Rhoda uses her gift to unpack an old secret with her Englisch neighbors, it is not her beau but an unlikely ally that cheers her on. With the orchard on shaky ground and Jacob’s plans in question, Rhoda is determined to see things through to harvest. But can she trust her insight to direct her path in matters of the heart?

Review: I have grown to love this series more and more! There were so many great things about this particular book in the series. 1st More of the main characters Rhoda, Samuel and Jacob. 2nd Interesting twists with the characters and the story line. 3rd The secondary characters are a huge bonus to the books. I was so looking forward to the conclusion (even though I know there is another book coming). The reigning question who does Rhoda choose?! I just had to know. I know who I wanted but how would it look and how would it come about. It was all worth reading and waiting for! But the end seemed abrupt and disjointed. Like someone took the last 10-20 pages off and I would be left with hundreds of questions. I guess that is why there is now a 4th book…… I am glad with the results I just would like it to be happy. I felt deflated and out of sorts when the end came.

I would like to thank Library Thing and Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing 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.

“For Every Season” by Cindy Woodsmall by tickmenot on 10/11/13
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For Every Season is book three in the Amish Vine and Orchards series. Before reading this book, I read book one and got the following background: This story is mainly about a beautiful Amish girl, Rhoda Byler. Rhoda loves to grow things. She had a wonderful garden at her parent’s home that was also a good income source, but it was destroyed by another Amish man bent on causing her grief.

A chance meeting with Leah King introduces her brothers Samuel and Jacob to Rhoda. The brothers push hard for Rhoda to join them in business by canning and selling the apples from their orchard. No sooner does this new business start than a tornado strikes destroying the canning business and most of that year’s crop.

Book three starts with a small group of Amish made up of Rhoda, her brother and family, the King siblings Leah, Samuel and Jacob and Rhoda’s Englisch helper, Landon. They are attempting to start a new Amish community in an apple orchard in Maine. Rhoda and Jacob have become an item, but serious trouble Jacob had gotten into before knowing Rhoda causes him to leave for long lengths of time. While gone, situations Rhoda needs Jacob’s help with are filled in by Samuel. Samuel falls in love with Rhoda, and kisses her right as Jacob returns from one of his trips.

Because of the kiss, tensions between Rhoda, Samuel and Jacob bring almost everything at the orchard to a crashing halt. Since the small Amish community there depends on the success of the orchard for all their livelihoods, this is a serious problem. Despite Rhoda and Samuel’s assurance that nothing will happen between them again, much of this book is spent on Jacob’s paranoia about Samuel and Rhoda. Jacob wants to marry Rhoda, and turn everything in her life upside down. He believes he must do this to feel confident about their love surviving.

I am glad I was able to read book one before I got this story, or I would have been really lost with all the characters and background stories. As it was, since I wasn’t able to read book two, there are great gaps in the tale. The story holds interest–although the relationship difficulty with Rhoda, Samuel and Jacob was stretched out too far. I have a problem with Rhoda’s “gift,” which seems to be clairvoyance. Additionally, Rhoda often “sees”–and sometimes hears–her dead sister.

I felt giving this ability to Rhoda put her on very shaky ground as a Christian, and the rationalization the story tried to use for her having this “gift” never rang true. First Thessalonians 5:22 warns us to “stay away from every kind of evil.” And it is written in Deuteronomy 18:9-12a:

“When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination [detestable] to the LORD…”
The Bible tells us that some things are dangerous. The Lord does this to help us, not to be a kill joy. When I made a decision to be a follower of Christ, I also accepted the Bible as instructions to be followed. I cannot be happy with a Christian book that attempts to justify a Christian character with these attributes. The occult is a treacherous area to dabble in, it is real and not to be underestimated. Because of my strong feelings on this issue, I cannot give this book more than one star.

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner.

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