Title: For Every Season (Amish Vines and Orchards #3)
Author: Cindy Woodsmall
2013, Waterbrook Press
Genre: Christian Fiction
The season has come for Rhoda to embrace who God has called her to be.
Working hard to develop a new Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is fully committed to rehabilitating an orchard with business partner Samuel King. But an impulsive decision has created an unexpected strain in the relationship with her beau, Samuel’s brother Jacob, threatening plans for the orchard. Yet amidst the mounting tension, Rhoda finds that this fledging settlement feels like the home she has long hoped for and she begins to embrace the God-given, heightened intuition that has always felt like a burden to her. She longs for Jacob to fully be free of his past, so they can work toward the future together.
But as Rhoda uses her gift to unpack an old secret with her Englisch neighbors, it is not her beau but the unlikely ally who cheers her on. With the orchard on shaky ground and Jacob’s lans in question, Rhoda is determined to see things through to harvest. But can she trust her insight to direct her path in matters of the heart?
This is the 3rd book of the Amish Vines and Orchards series. When I originally agreed to review this book, I didn't realize it was so far into a series. Before reading it, I decided to check the other two books out from the library – and I’m so glad I did. I’m not sure much of this book would have made sense without the background of the previous two books. Although, something I really like and appreciate about this series is the author’s attempt to have a summary of what the reader would have missed in the previous titles…. I would still greatly recommend reading the others first though.
In this book, Jacob and Rhoda have started planning to get married. Jacob has decided to seek out a lawyer and get his past cleared up in order to start fresh with Rhoda. Rhoda has been seeing visions about her neighbors that freak her out and the orchard is financially on shaky ground. And to make matters even more confusing, Rhoda and Samuel are avoiding each other after that kiss they shared while Jacob was gone. There is a huge and problematic love triangle going on that has anger between brothers and some lessons on what should and should not be done in the name of love. Sometimes being true to yourself is more important than avoiding hurting others.
I love the time that this author to develop the stories of each of her characters. I read some reviewers who said there were too many characters, but I felt that it made the story full. It is interesting to follow the stories of Samuel and Rhoda and her brother, Steven, who are all committed to the Amish faith no matter what along with characters like Iva and Leah who waver on what they believe. Leah, Jacob and Samuel’s sister, especially is wrestling with the idea of leaving the Amish lifestyle for good.
There is one more book to come in this series and I am greatly looking forward to it. The facts about apple orchards are interesting. As mentioned, the decisions being made between faith and family, as well as the true meaning of love.
If you love Amish fiction like I do, you should find this series fascinating!
Read my review of Sisters of the Quilt Triology by this author!
More info on Cindy Woodsmall and For Every Season!!
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Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book free of charge by Waterbrook Press for my honest review. No other compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.