In Book 2 of Cindy Woodsmall’s Amish Vines and Orchards series, The Winnowing Season, everything is changing for Rhoda Byler as she, with the King family, attempts to start a new Amish settlement in Maine. This book is full of obstacles for this group of determined young people to overcome, obstacles that go far beyond those that naturally come with merging and relocating two businesses and the people involved in this. Rhoda must convince her superstitious and fearful church leaders that they can trust her and her brother’s family to go. Jacob must overcome the mysterious past that is catching up with him at the worst time ever. Samuel, out of loyalty to his brother, must keep a professional distance from Rhoda, denying his own feelings for her. All must work to get along with each other—and with the Englischers they now live among, people who are curious, but know little about the Amish or their ways. Hardest of all, Rhoda must make peace with her gift, the intuition and visions that she’d hoped to leave behind. Will her new community come to fear her as her old one did? Or will she learn to hear God’s voice in her gift and follow wherever He leads?
I enjoyed reading the second part of this on-going story and am now eagerly waiting for the conclusion to be released. I thank Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for sending a complimentary copy for this honest review.