The Winnowing Season by Cindy Woodsmall

Rhoda Byler looks forward to getting a fresh start. Her business partners, Samuel and Jacob King, and she have bought a run down orchard in Maine. They are going to get it up and running again. A few others from their community go with them to start an Amish community there.

Rhoda hopes that her sister’s death will no longer haunt her after the move. Or that her intuitions will follow her there. While she feels they are from God they have caused nothing but trouble for her. People fear that she is practising witchcraft.

Jacob has a past from being in the English world that he can’t escape. Even after the move, Jacob has to hide because of his past, which threatens to ruin his romantic relationship with Rhoda.

Samuel can’t fight what’s in his heart. He wants to be loyal to his brother and Rhoda. He’s doing his best to keep his feelings to himself, so much that he’s hurting his friendship with Rhoda.

The main characters have really changed since the series started. Rhoda is slowly letting Emma go and not even realizing it. Samuel has learned to relax, even if it’s only a little. And Jacob is letting his guard down and told Samuel and Rhoda about his time in the English world.

By the end of the book, the orchard is beginning to take shape. Rhoda, Jacob, and Samuel have taken steps to resolve their individual issues only to encounter more problems that have to be worked out. I once again have to patiently wait to read about them in the next book.

Cindy Woodsmall makes me feels like I know the characters in this book. They are all so likeable, even with their faults. I looked forward to reading this story and wasn’t disappointed. It is just as good as the first book. I can’t wait to find out how everything comes together in the last book of the series.
Amish Vines and Orchards Series:
Book 1 -A Season for Tending (read review here)
Book 2 - The Winnowing Season
Book 3 - For Every Season (released August 2013

I received a free copy of this book from The Christian Manifesto and Multnomah/Waterbook in exchange for my honest review.

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