Friday, August 30, 2013

The Winnowing Season


The tornado that devastated Kings’ Orchard pushed Rhoda, Samuel, and Jacob to make a new start in Maine. Are they strong enough to withstand the challenges of establishing an Amish community—and brave enough to face the secrets that move with them?

On the eve of their departure to begin a new Old Order Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is shocked to discover that choices made by her business partner and friend, Samuel King, have placed her and her unusual gifts directly into the path of her district’s bishop and preachers. She is furious with Samuel and is fearful that the Kings will be influenced by the way her leaders see her, and not what they know to be true—that Rhoda’s intuition is a gift from God.
Jacob King won’t be swayed by community speculation. He loves Rhoda, believes in her, and wants to build a future with her in Maine. But when the ghosts of his past come calling and require him to fulfill a great debt, can he shake their hold before it destroys what he has with Rhoda? Samuel has a secret of his own—one he’ll go to great lengths to keep hidden, even if it means alienating those closest to him. Throwing himself into rehabilitating the once-abandoned orchard, Samuel turns to a surprising new ally.
Book 2 of the Amish Vines and Orchards series asks: can the three faithfully follow God’s leading and build a new home and orchard in Maine? Or will this new beginning lead to more ruin and heartbreak?

I have not read the first book in this series, but the second book sounded good, so I requested a complimentary copy from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing's Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review. 

The plot of this story was very engaging. There was a lot going on at all times, and it became difficult to see anything turning out favorably for the characters. So many things went wrong for almost every character that I couldn't wait to figure out how the author would resolve everything. But she didn't. I was really angry about that at first-I realize it's a series, and I'm glad the next book is already out because if I had to wait, I'd be kept in intense suspense for way too long. It was a great book, and I am looking forward to the next one. 

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