Friday, November 16, 2012

"A Season for Tending" by Cindy Woodsmall

ISBN: 9780307730022

There is a plentiful supply and selection of Amish themed books available in the Christian fiction market.  Cindy Woodsmall is among the best authors of this genre. I believe in A Season for Tending she presents some interesting insight into life among the Amish.

With Rhoda, our mail female character, we have an unwed Amish young lady who is dedicated to growing herbs and berries.  But other issues are at play involving Rhoda. She has something akin to "second sight" though it is not called that in the story.  Need-less-to-say, her ability to glimpse into what is about to happen is not looked upon favorably with the Amish nor in the community in which they live along side of non-Amish. She also possesses knowledge of herbs and how the various herbs can aid in the healing process and in making folks feel better.  This, too,  creates suspicious thinking regarding Rhoda.

She is exceptionally talented in making her small plot of land product copious amounts of quality fruit and herbs.  Is this because she has talent and knowledge or because she is a witch or something similar. The community wonders.

Samuel King comes into Rhoda's life and sees the possibility that her plant care and canning talents can assist him with the apple business in King's Orchard. Throughout the book, we are given a good look into the troubles, trials, and joys of being in the business of growing apples.

Emotions run taunt throughout the book as lives interweave.  The books does not end like  a typical romance where boy meets girl and all live happily ever after.  There is a bit of a cliffhanger. 

A good read; and as usual Cindy Woodsmall doesn't disappoint with her characters' development, the story line, and the twists and turns it takes.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of A Season for Tending from Blogging For Books on behalf of the publisher, WaterBrook Press, and the author, Cindy Woodsmall for the purpose of an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.


  1. I have read this one also Vera and loved the character of Rhoads, she is true to herself I feel and lives her life accordingly. I hope to see her again in cindy's stories.
    thanks for sharing your comments
    Happy Thanksgiving...
    Paula O(

  2. I loved this book and look forward to the next one in the series!


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