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The Winnowing Season ~ Review

The Winnowing Season
Amish Vines and Orchards Book 2
by Cindy Woodsmall

The Winnowing Season picks up where A Season for Tending leaves off.  But the hope for a new beginning in Maine is clouded when on the eve of their move Rhoda is called to appear before the church elders and Jacob's past calls him away.

With such a start what does Maine hold for the King and Byler families?  

As trouble follows them from Pennsylvania to Orchard Bend, Maine Rhoda begins to wonder why she seems to attract trouble wherever she goes.  As Rhoda struggles with trying to ignore her gift she also has to deal with Jacob's absence and Samuel's distant behavior.

Samuel is keeping a secret that could destroy what they are trying to create and Jacob's past could destroy the growing relationship he and Rhoda are nurturing.  Leah is planning to use this move as a chance spread her wings and to learn more about the English world and she wants Landon's help to do it.  As the King siblings and Rhoda try to discover who they really are a new danger threatens to destroy them from the outside.  

Can they be true to their promises or will they fall before their testing is completed?  Only time will tell....

The Winnowing Season is a fabulous follow-up to A Season of Tending as the characters grow in their relationships with one another.  One feels so much for Rhoda as she has to deal with the suspicions of those around her as well as Jacob's absences.  Samuel's confusion about his partnership/friendship with Rhoda and his loyalty to his brother are both touching and at time exacerbating in the extreme. 

I am looking forward to the third book in the Amish Vines and Gardens series and hope for a happier ending and also answers to Rhoda's  intuitions that were plaguing her in regard to her new neighbors.  I liked the struggles that these characters were wrestling with as it made them more relatable and sympathetic.  Though Jacob really needed to get a backbone a little sooner, in my opinion, in his dealings with Sandra.

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