Thursday, May 8, 2014

Seasons of Tomorrow

Book description:  "More settled in her heart than ever before, Rhoda Byler feels a newfound confidence living in the Old Order Amish settlement she helped establish in Orchard Bend, Maine. Time has helped to heal the wounds of Rhoda’s recent severed relationship, and she finds that even her unusual gift of profound intuition is less of a burden as she continues to seek God’s wisdom for her future. She is happy to be working alongside the King family and the love of her life as they tend and nurture the settlement’s orchard.
Yet when Leah King’s involvement with Englischer Landon Olson becomes known outside of the Maine community, her disregard of the Ordnung could threaten all the Orchard Bend Amish are building. In the midst of addressing the discord, a shocking tragedy challenges the young settlement like never before, threatening to uproot Rhoda’s peace and the future of everything she holds dear.
When several members of Orchard Bend Farms are displaced, the estranged King brother is called upon to return. Can those who founded the new Amish community in Maine unite Or will the lingering pain of past hurts and present struggles result in the end of their dreams?"
My review:  I think this was a great end to an enjoyable series.  I still think that Rhoda's intuition was a little far-fetched, but in this book it was less about her intuition and more about the lives and stories of the people.  The struggles and problems that the characters had were well-developed and reasonably resolved.  The new characters that were introduced fit quite well into the story and added depth to the existing characters.  As I neared the end of the book, I wondered if Cindy Woodsmall would be writing another book for the series.  It seemed as if the reader was going to be left hanging, but she managed to wrap it up quickly and in a satisfactory way.  This was a very interesting series despite Rhoda's intuition.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Press in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.   

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