Seasons of TomorrowCindy Woodsmall
A sudden tragedy is the test of faith Rhonda never saw coming in Seasons of Tomorrow, the fourth book in Cindy Woodsmall's Amish Vines and Orchards Series. As love restores Rhoda, a sudden tragedy is the test of faith she never saw coming. More settled in her heart t... Read More
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 new-found 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?
Page Count: 336
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Apr 15, 2014
- UPC: 9780307729989
- Height: 0
- Width: 0
- Length: 0
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 324
- Publish Date: Apr 15, 2014
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC053000"
- ISBN: 0307729982
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- Fantastic Finale! by Michelle Hamlin Peterson on 4/25/2015
I love Amish fiction...I've read just about every Amish fiction book on the "shelves" so to speak, so it takes a lot to surprise me or keep me in suspense with Amish stories. Cindy Woodsmall hit a home run with the Amish Vines and Orchards series and if you haven't read the first three books in the series, you need to do so before reading Seasons of Tomorrow.
The twists and turns of the story line...the complexity of the "characters" was portrayed so well that I found myself frustrated with them, impatient, sad, happy...you name it...
Sometimes it's hard to write a review without giving away too much...but the "gift" Rhoda has and the way she is treated for it and ultimately comes to terms with it is incredible!
The Amish way of "turning the other cheek" is so contrary to the world we live in and while we read of it often in Amish books, we don't often get such an inside glimpse of the ramifications of not turning the other cheek...Rhoda keeps silent about bullying and hurtful damage to her property, but someone wanting to seek justice on her behalf oversteps their bounds and reports it. The scene of Rhoda appearing before the church deacons and members is intense. The scrutiny...just their way of thinking is unreal.
Cindy Woodsmall is an amazing Amish fiction writer. Her stories are believable...they aren't fluff. If you've never read Amish fiction or if like me, you've read it for years, put the Amish Vines and Orchards series by Cindy Woodsmall on your must-read Christian fiction list!
- Saying Goodbye by Maureen on 5/9/2014
I have just said goodbye to an awesome series and a bunch of friends that I am sad to leave. This being the fourth and final book in the Amish Vines and Orchards stories and knowing the end is here, I hating turning the last page.
When the story reopens where is Jacob now? A continuing question throughout the books, and yes this will be answered. Leah is still struggling and now the Maine Community knows that she is keeping company with an Englischer, Landon . Landon has been Rhoda’s right hand man, coming from PA with them, and he has a local connection of his Grandmother. He was actually instrumental in having this Community move to Maine.
There are some heart breaking and tragic events here, and we are on pins and needles waiting and hoping. The orchard work is consuming, and there are fewer and fewer workers to help. It gets to the point where you wonder if they are going to fail and all move back to PA where it all began. Some of the things that you might want to happen do, but maybe not the way you want. As with the other books, these people put their trust in God, and let his will prevail.
Saying goodbye is not easy, we have come to love and visit with these people, who have become like family. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to have a continuing relationship with fictional people, ah if only? I would choose to keep visiting with these dear people. Hope you will pick up this series and come to know them well!! Enjoy!
I received this book from the Publisher Waterbrook Press, and was not required to give a positive review.
- Amish Fiction by Michelle on 4/29/2014
Seasons of Tomorrow Amish Vines and Orchards, Book 4 by Cindy Woodsmall
Seasons of Tomorrow is a great tale of an newly established Amish community . You read about the lives of four couples living at Orchard Bend Farms in Maine. They are working the canning season and harvest while struggling to make a go of the community. Rhonda Byler finds herself part of a new Old Order Amish settlement, where she is a horticulturist. She has recently broken up with her boyfriend Jacob and has started dating his brother Samuel King. Jacob has to return to the Orchard to help out when Phoebe and Steven Byler’s lives meet tragic circumstances. In the mean time Leah Byler falls in love with Englischer Landon Olson. This book is action packed, fast paced and full of drama. The couples of this community deal with the challenges of living in a strict Amish community while facing the temptations of the world the live in. The struggles they face are similar to those faced by new Christians wanting to live a life that is pleasing to God.
I am a big fan of Amish Fiction but this is the first I have read by author Cindy Woodsmall. I found this book to be well written, with characters that pull you in. Seasons of Tomorrow is book four of a series but it can be read by itself but would be much better read as part of the hold series. The author intertwined the stories of the three other books in this one so it was easy to know what was happening. I have not read the other three but plan on reading them as soon as I can my hands on them. I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest option. I recommend this book to all that love Amish Fiction and Christian Fiction, I give it 4 stars.
I want to give a high-five to the author Cindy Woodsmall and publisher for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. Blogging for Books provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for their, the authors and publishers generosity.
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