Book Review: For Every Season

22 Oct

730063_w185Working hard to develop a new Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is fully committed to rehabilitating an orchard with business partner Samuel King. But an impulsive decision has created an unexpected strain in her relationship with her beau, Samuel’s brother, Jacob, threatening plans for the orchard. Amidst mounting tension in matters of the heart and business, Rhoda finds that this fledging settlement feels like the home she has always longed for, and she begins to embrace the God-given, heightened intuition that has always felt like a burden to her. She longs for Jacob to fully be free of his past, so they can work towards the future together.

But as Rhoda uses her gift to unpack an old secret with her Englisch neighbors, it is not her beau but an unlikely ally that cheers her on. With the orchard on shaky ground and Jacob’s plans in question, Rhoda is determined to see things through to harvest. But can she trust her insight to direct her path in matters of the heart?

cw_bioCindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author who has written a dozen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy’s been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as the second most popular author of Amish fiction, following Beverly Lewis.

She is also a veteran homeschool mom who no longer holds that position. As her children progressed in age, her desire to write grew stronger. After working through reservations whether this desire was something she should pursue, she began her writing journey. Her husband was her staunchest supporter as she aimed for what seemed impossible.

She’s won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer’s Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings’ Best Books of the Year. She’s been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.

My Impressions:

My book club has been anxiously waiting for this book. We just had to know who Rhoda would pick! Well we got the answer and more in book 3 of Cindy Woodsmall’s Amish Vines and Orchards series. For Every Season finds the new Amish community in Maine still struggling to get the business established. Strife between Rhoda and the King brothers has put a strain on other relationships and on the fledgling orchard. Feelings must be sorted out and decisions made for the future of the community.

I really like the characters in this series. The struggle of finding their place within their community and in God’s plan is realistically portrayed. In For Every Season, a new character is introduced who adds spice to the mix. Some conflicts are resolved, but new story threads are introduced that will lead to book 4! I look forward to finding out just where Leah and Landon’s relationship will take them.

I am looking forward to my group’s discussion on Thursday. If you have read For Every Season, please let us know what you think.


(Thanks to LibraryThing for a copy of this book. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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To purchase For Every Season, click on the image below.


exps7355_CW1792C33AA Taste of For Every Season — Rhoda experiments with various apple recipes, including salsa, for her canning business. Here is a recipe for apple salsa and the accompanying cinnamon chips from Taste of HomeApple Salsa with Cinnamon Chips.

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