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A Season for Tending ~ Review

A Season for Tending
Amish Vines and Orchards, Book 1
By Cindy Woodsmall

Rhoda Byler has a gift that has been misunderstood by those around her.  She has been allowed to sense certain things so that she can help people, but because of skill with plants she is feared.  Not only is she feared, but she is accused of dabbling in witchcraft.

But Rhoda is living with a guilt that burdens her soul, she blames herself for her younger sister's death.  She was not able to stop it, and worse she feels that her work in the garden caused her to fail her sister.  But no one understands her pain.

When Rhoda comes into contact with the King family from Harvest Mills their lives are about to be forever altered.  Leah is trying to discover her worth and is determined to escape the Amish ways that seem to imprison her.  Meanwhile her brother Jacob struggles to come to terms with what occurred while he was outside the community.  His life is hidden by tragic secret.  Oldest brother Samuel is in-charge of the family's orchards and he takes everything very seriously.

As Rhoda struggles against the rumors that threaten to destroy her gardens, the Kings struggle against a blight that could destroy their farm.  Can Rhoda's skills save them all?

With secrets and fears ruling their lives can these young men and women learn to trust God and to lay their cares at His feet?  As Rhoda gets to know this hurting family, God begins to heal them all.  Can family, friendship, love, and business free them to live beyond what they thought possible?  Or will disaster destroy everything they've worked for?

Cindy Woodsmall has embarked on yet another series that touches the heart and lets you see beyond the fences of your own garden.  I look forward to book 2 The Winnowing Season in spring 2013!

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.