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A Season for Tending: Book One in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series Paperback – September 18, 2012
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Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author of nine works of fiction and one work of nonfiction, whose connection with the Amish community has been featured widely in national media and throughout Christian news outlets. She lives outside of Atlanta with her family.
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A Season for Tending features two Amish communities in Pennsylvania -- one rural and one set in a small town. Separated by miles, the two communities share ties of their faith. Rhoda Byler tends a large fruit garden and runs a small canning business from the cramped cellar of her family's home. She is ridden with guilt over the tragic death of her sister years before, and is harassed by both Amish and English because of her odd intuitions and her use of herbal remedies. The King family of King's Orchard run a very successful business, but due to a bit of mismanagement by one brother, is in need of some expertise from Rhoda. The reluctant partnership starts well, but acts of man and God will present obstacles that they will struggle to overcome.
Woodsmall writes characters that are complex and true to life. Even though the majority of the characters are part of the remote Amish community, they struggle with the same things as those in the world -- self-worth, guilt, pride, superstition and prejudice. I found parallels between my own faith tradition and the problems faced by the characters. We are all a little quick to judge and feel ours is the only way to know God.
A Season for Tending is book 1 and leaves a lot of things incomplete. I am anxious to get the next installment, The Winnowing Season due out in April, so I can again lose myself in the pages of this wonderful story.
(I receive A Season for Tending from Waterbrook in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)
Rhoda Byler is not your typical Amish young woman. She senses things. She has premonitions and the people in the Amish and Englischer communities are not happy with her. They begin spreading rumors and causing her lots of trouble. She has an acre on her family's land and she has the greenest of green thumbs. She can make anything grow and grow better and longer than anyone around. But because of her herb garden and how she uses her herbs to help treat illnesses and the rumors associated with her premonitions, she is practically an outcast.
Then in a nearby Amish community, there's a family who owns King's Orchards and they are praying for a good crop this year to help out with the bills that have piled up from previous bad seasons. As you can guess, Samuel King and his brother Jacob, meet up with Rhoda with a business proposal.
I won't tell you anymore, because you just have to read this book. Since Book 2 is already out, you might as well buy it at the same time, because you'll want to immediately pick it up and start reading it as soon as you finish A Season of Tending.
Cindy doesn't write your "typical" Amish fiction. Her books are just special and I have loved everyone I've read so far.