Seasons of Tomorrow, Amish Vines and Orchards Series #4
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The moving culmination in this popular Amish romance series, Rhoda Byler finally has the confidence and freedom she's always longed for in the Old Order Amish settlement she helped establish with the King family. But can faith, hope, and most of all love prevail when a horrible disaster strikes?
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
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Series: Amish Vines and Orchards
Seasons of Tomorrow: Book Four in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series - eBookCindy WoodsmallWaterBrook Press / 2014 / ePub$7.89 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 25 Reviews
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For Every Season, Amish Vines and Orchards Series #3Cindy WoodsmallWaterBrook Press / 2013 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 29 Reviews
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The Winnowing Season, Amish Vines and Orchards Series #2Cindy WoodsmallWaterBrook Press / 2013 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 36 Reviews
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The Winnowing Season, Amish Vines and Orchards Series #2 -eBookCindy WoodsmallWaterBrook Press / 2013 / ePub$7.89 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 36 Reviews
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As love restores Rhoda, a sudden tragedy is the test of faith she never saw coming.
More settled in her heart than ever before, Rhoda Byler feels a newfound confidence living in the Old Order Amish settlement she helped establish in Orchard Bend, Maine. Time has helped to heal the wounds of Rhodas recent severed relationship, and she finds that even her unusual gift of profound intuition is less of a burden as she continues to seek Gods wisdom for her future. She is happy to be working alongside the King family and the love of her life as they tend and nurture the settlements orchard.
Yet when Leah Kings involvement with Englischer Landon Olson becomes known outside of the Maine community, her disregard of the Ordnung could threaten all the Orchard Bend Amish are building. In the midst of addressing the discord, a shocking tragedy challenges the young settlement like never before, threatening to uproot Rhodas peace and the future of everything she holds dear.
When several members of Orchard Bend Farms are displaced, the estranged King brother is called upon to return. Can those who founded the new Amish community in Maine unite Or will the lingering pain of past hurts and present struggles result in the end of their dreams?
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times, USA Today, and CBA best-selling author. She has published fourteen works of fiction and one nonfiction book. Her connection with the Amish community has been widely featured in national media outlets. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now-empty nest.
"Woodsmall continues the Amish Vines and Orchards series with a standout Amish heroine in a unique Maine community trying to forge a new path. Fans of Amish fiction will enjoy her detailed descriptions of orchard life, and all
readers will be touched and satisfied by the ongoing love story."
Amanda Flower, author of A Plain Disappearance
"Cindy Woodsmall is an incredibly gifted author, and her books never fail to engage the mind and touch the heart."
Mindy Starns Clark, best-selling author of Shadows of Lancaster County, The Amish Midwife, and more
"Cindy Woodsmall is a masterful storyteller. In Seasons of Tomorrow, she uses her extensive knowledge of the Amish to create characters who tug at your heart as they deal with the joys and tribulations of falling in love. This is her best book yet. Readers wont want to miss it!"
Barbara Cameron, award-winning author of forty books, including the Amish Roads series
Ruth StilesCentral NYAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5July 13, 2014Ruth StilesCentral NYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I received this book from Multnomah WaterBrook Press and am not being compensated for my review.
This is book 4 in the Amish Vines and Orchards series. Rhoda Byler's heart has been hurt and broken several times over the past few years by her friend and love, Jacob. Jacob is in and out of Rhoda's life and his involvement with other women causes her constant stress and heartache. In this book she has found a new purpose for life, and has decided to let what happens happen when it comes to her heart! She has chosen to seek God's guidance and wisdom for her future and the choices she must make as she works in the orchards. However, her friend is involved in a relationship with someone who is not Amish and this causes a rift in the community. Just as Rhoda is finding peace and happiness, her world is once again turned upside down.
Journey through the orchards of life with Rhoda. Trail alongside her as she finds her purpose and seeks God's will. Follow her choices as she chooses between Samuel and Jacob. Feel her emotions as she takes on challenge after challenge. Readers will love this final chapter of the Amish Vines and Orchard series.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Didn't want this series to end!June 27, 2014Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The divine gift on intuition and insight that Rhoda Byler has been given to her by God, have many in the Amish community Orchard Bend, Maine questioning its validity. Most of the Old Order Amish believe that she is practicing witchcraft when the visions she has come true without any knowledge of just how she knows these things before they happen. Even Rhoda herself can't explain them, just that she does. Most of the times, she keeps these visions to herself because of the accusations being waged against her by her own people, most vocal by Samuel and Jacob King's father. They have moved from Pennsylvania to begin a new community and to establish Orchard Bend Farms, an apple orchard and canning business and have partnered with Rhoda Byler in part to her knowledge and experience in organic growing and tending the orchards. She was also in love with Jacob at one point believing they would be married.
But over time, secrets have caused a great divide between them. Jacob has a past that he has kept secret which involves another woman, Sandra and her daughter Casey and placed them all in legal hot water. When Rhoda herself wound up dealing with her own set of legal issues, instead of standing by her, Jacob left in an attempt to keep his secrets from hampering her investigation. Yet what they did was to cause Rhoda to gain support from Samuel, his brother, and over time, they both began to develop feelings for one another. Even though they tried to deny their feelings, eventually all three realized that the relationship between Jacob and Rhoda would never amount to what a marriage should be based on and Jacob called it off. Instead of resolving his bitterness against Samuel and Rhoda, Jacob moved away to give them all time to heal.
Now that the orchard is in full swing getting read for spring, an unforeseen tragedy will test everyone involved in unprecedented ways. Samuel's sister Leah is struggling with her own romantic feelings for Landon, an Englischer that was hired by Rhoda as her assistant to help build the business. Even though he understands the complications facing Leah by their love, he can't help but wonder if God has bigger plans in store for them. If they don't keep their feelings out of the public eye, Leah could face shunning by her community as well as bring down the orchard business for Rhoda and the King family if they get rid of Landon. They too could face shunning from their community for letting an Englischer causing one of their own to fall astray. But Leah is starting to come to an understanding of God's love through her faith by attending Landon's church and believes God might be calling her in a different direction. Once again if she walks away from her Amish faith, and leaves with Landon it will jeopardize more than just Orchard Bend Farms but isolate herself from her support system as well.
I received Seasons of Tomorrow by Cindy Woodsmall compliments Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for my honest review and did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable one. This is the fourth book in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series. I've loved this series from the first novel and have been wanting more of it with each additional novel that Cindy writes. The best part of this one, is the recap of the entire series up to this point at the beginning. It provides a brief look at what has been happening to all the major characters through the first three novels so you can jump right in. I love when authors do this, not so much because new readers might pick this one up without realizing there are more in the series and might be lost, but for those of us that patiently wait until the next novel comes out, the time that has passed makes us forget where we left off without having to go back and reread the previous books. The best part of this series for me, is the gift of foresight that Rhoda is given by God. It isn't something she can control or make happen when she needs it, but when it happens like a day dream, she has to make sense of what is happening by the clues she is given, like looking through a photo album and seeing pictures of her friends and then minutes later someone in those pictures is now missing. She isn't sure why that is, will they die, are they going to leave, or are they being removed for some other reason. Trust me, this series has been may favorite so far and can't wait for more. I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars.
Maria4 Stars Out Of 5June 16, 2014MariaSeasons of Tomorrow is the fourth book in the Amish Vines and Orchards series by Cindy Woodsmall. Each book needs to be read in order since it's one continuous story told in a four book format. I really liked the conclusion of the story, and actually, it's my favorite of the series. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book since I didn't like the other three books. :-D
Rhoda Byler and Samuel King are still reeling over Jacob King's move from the orchard. Trying to run everything without his help has been taking a toll on all of them, but trouble keeps visiting the Kings. First, Samuel's dad shows up all upset with the rumors he's been hearing of Leah and Landon. The visit ends with Landon quitting and walking off without anyway to contact him leaving Leah confused and angry.
Without Jacob or Landon, Rhoda isn't sure how they will be able to keep Orchard Bend Farms in working order. As they struggle to make their new venture in Maine work, another tragedy strikes. Steven's wife, Phoebe, is ill and rushed to the hospital. Will Phoebe be ok? What will happen to Landon and Leah? And when will Rhoda and Samuel be able to marry without worrying about Jacob?
Like I said, this was a satisfying conclusion to the series. It tied up all the loose ends, made you happy and content with everyone's relationships, and made you wish for just a little bit more of the happy ending. :-) The only thing I wish it had was a longer epilogue! It felt kind of rushed to me, but it could have been because I wasn't ready to let go of the characters. I think the best part of the book to me was Jacob finally growing up! It was nice to finally see who he could be with the right person in his life.
I was given this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.
Army MomAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5June 15, 2014Army MomAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Seasons of Tomorrow is the last book in Cindy Woodsmall's current series Amish Vines and Orchards. The author has created a unique collection of characters that are not your standard Amish and yet because of that, they are so much more. Samuel and Rhoda finally find peace, Leah makes a life changing choice, and Jacob finds love in a place he would have never expected.
The story itself was wonderfully well crafted. We get conclusions to several inter plot that we have been waiting for. This book seemed to focus on the relationships and not so much to culture, which was okay because the author integrated so much of that into the first three books. I loved the idea that they were family as well as community even when they were separated. It is a great reminder that this is the way that God expects his children to be like.
The only thing that I didn't like, is that this book like so many other Amish book I have read in the last year, there is a huge medical crisis. This seems to be a trend that I'm having a hard time with, because it seems sometimes to be a plot filler.
It was really hard to say goodbye. I usually don't get so attached to characters but these really infiltrated my heart. And I have to say I appreciated the way that the author ended the book. In my opinion is was the best way.
If you are looking for a new Amish series that is not your typical Amish series then this is it. But start with book one, A Season for Tending.
deanna13Jonesboro, LAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent BookJune 10, 2014deanna13Jonesboro, LAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Seasons of Tomorrow by Cindy Woodsmall is the fourth and final book in the Amish Vines and Orchards series. Rhoda Byler's life has been a series of ups and down but she has finally admitted that she loves Jacob King but is in love with Samuel King and is now living an almost peaceful life. Jacob leaves the Amish settlement in Maine to work as a builder, a vocation that he loves. He still feels responsible for Sandra and gives her financial help but her young daughter has a piece of his heart. While away on a building job he literally runs into Esther and he immediately feels an attraction to her but thinks that she is married. Leah King goes against all the rules of the Old Order Amish and has fallen in love with Englisher Landon Olson. This relationship could have a very negative influence on the new Amish community in Orchard Bend, Maine. To add even more turmoil to the lives of all in the new Amish settlement, Rhoda's sister-in-law Phoebe contracts a deadly virus and everyone is not only fearful for her life but for the life of the child she is carrying.
Cindy did an excellent job in the development of the characters, plot, dialogue, and scenes. I already knew and loved the characters but this book make each of them even more loveable. The dialogue between the characters drew me into the book and kept me interested to the last page. Her description of the scenes were so realistic that I was right there in the orchard helping with all the before harvest work and then helping to pick apples. Scenes with Rhoda cooking up apples for her different products were so real that I could feel the heat from the stove. There were several twists and turns in the plot line and the story also had a good bit of suspense which added greatly to my enjoyment of the story. Several of the characters had problems that had to be solved and I really like the way that the author solved everyone of them. I was quite happy with the ending. I really liked the way that the author gave a short synopsis of the three previous books at the beginning of this book. I listened to the first three on audio and it was nice to have a refresher of what had already happened.
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I highly recommend this book to all readers that love an Amish novel. I do suggest that you read the books in order for it just makes for more enjoyable reading, at least in my opinion.
Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.