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The Winnowing Season: Book Two in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series Paperback – April 2, 2013
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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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.
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You will enjoy I promise. Great Job Cindy!!!!
I enjoy the way Cindy brings us into the Amish "world" with hard working and strong Christian values. These values are really missing in the everyday lives of everyone on the world! Hopefully more people will buy the book series, learn from it--it just might change your own values. Enjoy reading about another "culture" right here in America and be blessed.
Take the characters from book one and set them down in the middle of no-where Maine and a new adventure begins. Not only do they have to contend with the stress of revitalizing this apple orchard, but people are not acting as they should be and no one is telling secrets. Plus they sometimes forget that they are new and Amish in an unfamiliar town.
It is similar to the way that I forget I am reading about Amish and not people from a hundred years ago. This book contains so much hope for a fresh start and it kills me that they keep secrets from each other, the only people they can rely on. It is not fair to run away when people need you front and center. There are so many struggles in this book, but there is always a touch of hope behind everything.
Cannot wait 5 months for book 3!
Until next time, live life one page at a time!
Cindy Woodsmall's skill in setting a scene, plot, relationship, and letting her characters take on life is still there so this is a good book. However, this book is similar to the heart-breaking Book Two of other series. She sets up the reader for book three while bringing the pain in her characters up from a low simmer to a full blown raging boil. Mysteries are set up to, hopefully, be explained and resolved in the next book and there are many opportunities for the reader to yell his or her advice at the characters as they choose their actions and each deal with their personal dilemmas, demons, and prejudices in the ways that they choose.
What appeals perhaps the most besides the realness of the characters is the family love. The family love is there for siblings and sibling-in-laws of course, but what is also wonderful is that the characters find they do not have to be related by blood or law to come to carry and nurture that same familial love. Truly a good, if sometimes painful, read. Hats off to Cindy Woodsmall. And now it is time to wait with abated breath for the delivery of the third installment of Amish Vines and Orchards. Drive quickly, postman, or in honor of these characters: Ride swiftly postman.