Sunday, June 29, 2014

Seasons of Tomorrow - Amish Vines and Orchards 4 - by Cindy Woodsmall

Seasons of Tomorrow

I really enjoyed this wrap-up to the series as we see closure come to relationships and struggles.  Rhoda Byler has realized she is truly in love with Samuel and he reciprocates, but they have hurt his brother deeply and so don't feel able to move on with their relationship until he has forgiven them and moved on himself. Samuel has also helped her to see her intuition is from God and she starts to get nudges about a way to find her neighbor's grandchild.   She starts to reach out and follow God's leading instead of fighting it or being afraid.

Jacob needs some space and goes back to traveling and working construction, trying to figure out how to move past the betrayal he feels.  When he meets a young married Amish woman he has a lot in common with, he starts to realize maybe there could be someone out there for him other than Rhoda.  After a tragedy at the orchard, he realizes he needs to come back and help the community make it through.  English Landon and Amish Leah decided to date, but when their relationship becomes known outside of the Maine community, everyone has a choice to make about where they stand.  Will they fight to stay together or is there too much against them?

I had read book two in this series and missed book three, but there is a synopsis of each book in the beginning to catch you up if you missed anything, which helped a lot.  I do wish I hadn't missed any of the books as each story continues from the next one with the same characters.  I really liked the characters in this series and found it intriguing to see how Rhoda comes to understand her intuition.  I liked the multiple story lines and relationships shown, especially the one involving Jacob.  The romances were interesting and I liked to see the varying problems they struggle with.  I thought the details about the orchard were a little excessive. I also got frustrated with a couple characters, especially Leah's father.  I would recommend this book if you like Amish fiction.

I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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