“For Every Season” by Cindy Woodsmall

I have read the third novel, “For Every Season” in Cindy Woodsmall’s Amish series Amish Vines and Orchards.  I was very anxious for this new novel to go to print and I am just as anxious for the fourth in the series to be printed.  I have enjoyed all three of the novels so far.

The story begins with Rhoda Byer tending her garden of herbs and berries.  She has her own business and cans the fruits of her labors to sell at various outlets.  She is blessed (or cursed) with the ability to foresee disasters, but not in time to avert them.

Meanwhile, Samuel King and his brothers Jacob and Eli tend the King Apple Orchards.  Each brother is in charge of a third of the orchard.  When a tragic mistake threatens the future of the King Orchards, Samuel looks for ways to salvage what they can and carry on as before.  They admire Rhoda for her business acumen and her way with growing things.  They seek to form an alliance between her and their business.  While planning and discussing the viability of the merger, all sorts of happenings occur to family members from both the Kings and the Bylers.

Rhoda and the King brothers start a new Old Order Amish community and purchase an abandoned orchard in Maine.  In the second novel “The Winnowing Season”, Rhoda and the Kings begin to bring the old orchard back to life while encountering more obstacles.

This third book picks up where the second one left off.  Rhoda is in love with Jacob and Samuel is in love with Rhoda.  Jacob seems to be a devil-may-care sort of person and I was never comfortable with Rhoda and Jacob as a couple.  Something always seemed to be wrong with their relationship.  In this newest book, the situation comes to a head and some things are resolved between them.  You will have to read the book to find out what happens.  I am eagerly waiting for the fourth novel.  I’m sure that Ms. Woodsmall has more treats in mind as she writes the next story.

I cannot recommend this book enough.  I give it five stars and will keep this whole series of books in my library.

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