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Product Details

  • Series: Amish Vines and Orchards (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307730042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307730046
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Winnowing Season

“Cindy Woodsmall weaves a page-turning plot in The Winnowing Season, featuring the mysterious Rhoda Byler and a supporting cast of other complex characters. This story grabbed my heart and kept on tugging—long after I’d read the last word. I can’t wait for the third book in the series!”
—Leslie Gould, author of Courting Cate

“Cindy Woodsmall creates Amish characters in a way no other author does. Her obvious love for and intimate knowledge of the Amish allow the reader into the characters’ lives aside from the religious aspect of the community. They laugh, and I laugh with them. They hurt, and so do I. Add to the characters a compelling plot and a girl with an unusual gift, and the book is impossible to put down.”
—Tracey Bateman, author of The Widow of Saunders Creek

Praise for
A Season for Tending

“Woodsmall honors the Amish through her well-researched story, with a heartfelt romance and lovable characters.”
—Romantic Times

“I have to say that I love this book. The characters in the story are dimensional and interesting. Woodsmall has created families, situations, and places that are believable, geared toward modern-day life with current challenges… It makes both families more endearing. I look forward to the next book in the series.”
—www.thechristianmanifesto.com

“Cindy’s well-developed, multidimensioned characters cause readers to care about them, their lives, and their problems. Their choices and decisions that carry the story forward also reveal biblical wisdom without preaching. I'm sure this new series will add many new readers to Cindy’s growing fan base.”
—www.midwestbookreview.com

A Season for Tending is the first in Woodsmall’s new series, Amish Vines and Orchards, and her characters will leave you missing friends when the last page is read. Book 2 can’t come soon enough!”
—CBA Retailers and Resources

About the Author

Cindy Woodsmall is a best-selling author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction book Plain Wisdom whose connection with the Amish community has been featured on ABC Nightline, in the Wall Street Journal, and throughout other Christian and general news outlets. She lives outside of Atlanta with her family.

More About the Author

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times, CBA, ECPA, and USA Today best-selling author who has written a dozen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal,and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as the one of the top three most popular authors of Amish fiction.

She's a veteran homeschool mom who no longer holds that position. As her children progressed in age, her desire to write grew stronger. After working through reservations whether this desire was something she should pursue, she began her writing journey. Her husband was her staunchest supporter as she aimed for what seemed impossible.

She's won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer's Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings' Best Books of the Year. She's been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.

Her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity. Though she didn't realize it at the time, seeds were sown years ago that began preparing Cindy to write these books. At the age of ten, while living in the dairy country of Maryland, she became best friends with Luann, a Plain Mennonite girl. Luann, like all the females in her family, wore the prayer Kapp and cape dresses. Her parents didn't allow television or radios, and many other modern conveniences were frowned upon. During the numerous times Luann came to Cindy's house to spend the night, her rules came with her and the two were careful to obey them--afraid that if they didn't, the adults would end their friendship. Although the rules were much easier to keep when they spent the night at Luann's because her family didn't own any of the forbidden items, both sets of parents were uncomfortable with the relationship and a small infraction of any kind would have been enough reason for the parents to end the relationship. While navigating around the adults' disapproval and the obstacles in each other's lifestyle, the two girls bonded in true friendship that lasted into their teen years, until Cindy's family moved to another region of the US.

As an adult, Cindy became friends with a wonderful Old Order Amish family who opened their home to her. Although the two women, Miriam and Cindy, live seven hundred miles apart geographically, and a century apart by customs, when they come together they never lack for commonality, laughter, and dreams of what only God can accomplish through His children. Over the years Cindy has continued to make wonderful friendships with those inside the Amish and Mennonite communities--from the most conservative ones to the most liberal.

Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now empty nest.

If you'd like more information or to contact her, you can go to her website: http://www.cindywoodsmall.com or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorcindywoodsmall




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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Alice on May 17, 2013
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I absolutely loved book two and can not wait for three!!! Almost wish I had waited for the trilogy book so I could just read all the way through all three.without the three or four month gaps, but I'm sure book three will be worth the wait. I had a terrible time putting them down long enough to get anything done around the house for a few days until I was finished. Just can't wait to see who ends up with who.....just don't want to spoil the story line for anyone who hasn't read them yet. He He

You will enjoy I promise. Great Job Cindy!!!!
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Tammy's Book Parlor on May 16, 2013
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The Winnowing Season by Cindy Woodsmall is book 2 in the Amish Vines and Orchards trilogy. I read A Season for Tending the first book in this series and was so glad I did. I think one could read this book as a stand alone because Cindy Woodsmall writes each book as it's own story but I like to read books in order if I can. Also, there are references that come from the first book and it's nice to know what is going on. It also makes for a much better story!
Cindy Woodsmall is a wonderful writer of Amish fiction bringing the characters to life on the written page.
There is a love triangle throughout this story. But the "meat" of the story is about the Amish "pilgrims" who travel to Maine to restore and 80 acre apple orchard. Plus, raise live stock, gardens, children and fix meals. The Amish are very hard working and when they set their minds to a task it is completed.
They are also very family and faith oriented. However, Rhoda's gifts are not entirely made clear except that they are leadings from the Holy Spirit.
The reader keeps wondering which brother Rhoda will end up marrying? Jacob and Samuel both have great character and are hard workers.
It seems that this was a trip for the younger set as no grandparents are mentioned, no weddings but a lot of hard work and some great food!
*This book was provided by Waterbrook/Multnomah for review*
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 17, 2013
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The Amish Vines and Orchards Series have been some of the best books that I have read in a long time. The characters come to life on each page and I, the reader, am able to become part of the story with each page that I turn. I anxiously await the release of book 3 so that I can learn whether it will be Samuel or Jacob that is chosen and what mysteries will be revealed to Rhoda.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Duane12345 on May 17, 2013
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Cindy Woodsmall is a gifted writer. Her books are very entertaining and very enlightening. You do not have to worry about foul language. This series, I think, is her best. The characters come alive and make you feel like you know them personally.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By godlovemom on May 16, 2013
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I think I have all of Cindy Woodsmall's books and I love them all. She can literally take you away to a place where peace and the simple life abides. I read for a while and when I put the book down I feel refreshed. I hope she writes forever as i will continue to buy her books for as long as she writes. You will be really missing out if you don't start by reading A Seaspm fpr Tending which is the first book in the series and then following up with The Winnowing Season. Good reading to you.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Burd on May 17, 2013
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Cindy Woodsmall is a wonderful author. In all her books she has the reader absorbed to the point you feel like you are actually there with the characters. These 2 books are a fine example of the inspiration her fictional characters can be to anyone who reads them. Can't wait for more books by Cindy! Would recommend anyone who has never read her books to do so! Thanks Cindy for another Great Series!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sally McC on May 8, 2013
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This is the middle book in the Amish Vines and Orchards trilogy and starts just before the main characters leave their community for Maine. Before they leave, however, Rhoda must face her bishop over allegations regarding property damage. If the situation isn't resolved neither she nor her older brother and his family will be able to leave in good standing. Jacob has promised to support her at the hearing, and then escort the group north, but he disappears without word. As the group starts to make a go of it in Maine he comes and goes on a regular basis, seemingly putting another woman before Rhoda. When Rhoda faces troubles of her own, she must turn to Jacob's brother instead.

The Winnowing Season was a difficult book for me to like. While I appreciated learning about Jacob's past, I had issues with the supernatural part of the novel. Rhoda has visions that are indications of events to come. They were present in the first book, A Season For Tending, but they play a major role here. She also keeps seeing the ghost of her sister who was murdered, and has conversations with her. I do enjoy a good ghost story, especially those based in fact and evidence, but I was actually uncomfortable reading these passages. I think the majority of the plot could have survived without the inclusion of this concept.

Rhoda might be the main character, but I'm not sure I like her. I don't like Jacob either. What did surprise me is that I liked Samuel and his sister, Leah, and these are two characters I didn't care much for in book one. Samuel might be determined, but he has a new business that must succeed and Jacob has left him with one more than one difficult situation. As for Leah, she has grown in maturity and is now exploring her options in a more responsible way than previously.
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