Seasons Of Tomorrow: Book Four In The Amish Vines And Orchards Series

Paperback | April 15, 2014

byCindy Woodsmall

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As love restores Rhoda, a sudden tragedy is the test of faith she never saw coming.

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?

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As love restores Rhoda, a sudden tragedy is the test of faith she never saw coming.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 ...

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times, USA Today, and CBA best-selling author. She has published fourteen works of fiction and one nonfiction book. Her connection with the Amish community has been widely featured in national media outlets. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now-empty n...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.18 × 5.48 × 0.87 inPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:The Crown Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307729982

ISBN - 13:9780307729989


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pleasant read Easy reading and entertaining.
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book Seasons of Tomorrow by Cindy Woodsmall is the fourth and final book in the Amish Vines and Orchards series. Rhoda Byler’s life has been a series of ups and down but she has finally admitted that she loves Jacob King but is in love with Samuel King and is now living an almost peaceful life. Jacob leaves the Amish settlement in Maine to work as a builder, a vocation that he loves. He still feels responsible for Sandra and gives her financial help but her young daughter has a piece of his heart. While away on a building job he literally runs into Esther and he immediately feels an attraction to her but thinks that she is married. Leah King goes against all the rules of the Old Order Amish and has fallen in love with Englisher Landon Olson. This relationship could have a very negative influence on the new Amish community in Orchard Bend, Maine. To add even more turmoil to the lives of all in the new Amish settlement, Rhoda’s sister-in-law Phoebe contracts a deadly virus and everyone is not only fearful for her life but for the life of the child she is carrying. Cindy did an excellent job in the development of the characters, plot, dialogue, and scenes. I already knew and loved the characters but this book make each of them even more loveable. The dialogue between the characters drew me into the book and kept me interested to the last page. Her description of the scenes were so realistic that I was right there in the orchard helping with all the before harvest work and then helping to pick apples. Scenes with Rhoda cooking up apples for her different products were so real that I could feel the heat from the stove. There were several twists and turns in the plot line and the story also had a good bit of suspense which added greatly to my enjoyment of the story. Several of the characters had problems that had to be solved and I really like the way that the author solved everyone of them. I was quite happy with the ending. I really liked the way that the author gave a short synopsis of the three previous books at the beginning of this book. I listened to the first three on audio and it was nice to have a refresher of what had already happened. If you would like more information check out this site, the author’s website, and the author’s bio. I highly recommend this book to all readers that love an Amish novel. I do suggest that you read the books in order for it just makes for more enjoyable reading, at least in my opinion. Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Date published: 2014-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amish Fiction Seasons of Tomorrow Amish Vines and Orchards, Book 4 by Cindy Woodsmall Seasons of Tomorrow is a great tale of an newly established Amish community . You read about the lives of four couples living at Orchard Bend Farms in Maine. They are working the canning season and harvest while struggling to make a go of the community. Rhonda Byler finds herself part of a new Old Order Amish settlement, where she is a horticulturist. She has recently broken up with her boyfriend Jacob and has started dating his brother Samuel King. Jacob has to return to the Orchard to help out when Phoebe and Steven Byler’s lives meet tragic circumstances. In the mean time Leah Byler falls in love with Englischer Landon Olson. This book is action packed, fast paced and full of drama. The couples of this community deal with the challenges of living in a strict Amish community while facing the temptations of the world the live in. The struggles they face are similar to those faced by new Christians wanting to live a life that is pleasing to God. I am a big fan of Amish Fiction but this is the first I have read by author Cindy Woodsmall. I found this book to be well written, with characters that pull you in. Seasons of Tomorrow is book four of a series but it can be read by itself but would be much better read as part of the hold series. The author intertwined the stories of the three other books in this one so it was easy to know what was happening. I have not read the other three but plan on reading them as soon as I can my hands on them. I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest option. I recommend this book to all that love Amish Fiction and Christian Fiction, I give it 4 stars. I want to give a high-five to the author Cindy Woodsmall and publisher for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. Blogging for Books provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for their, the authors and publishers generosity.
Date published: 2014-04-30

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As Samuel was helping Rhoda gather cards, Landon’s cell phone buzzed, and he reached into his pocket. He usually glanced at it and slid it back into his pocket unless his grandmother was calling. But this time his smile faded, and he held the phone out toward Samuel. “It’s the number from your family’s farm in Pennsylvania.”   Since the only phone for this place was in the barn office and they spent very little time out there when it was below freezing, Samuel had given Landon’s number to his Daed in case of an emergency. The room grew quiet, and all eyes were on Samuel. He took the phone and slid his finger across the screen. “Hallo.”   “Samuel, what’s going on up there?”   His Daed’s tone was severe, and a bad feeling washed over Samuel. “Can you hold for a few minutes and let me get elsewhere?”   “Ya.”   Samuel got up, hitting the mute button. “I need to talk to him, but apparently there isn’t an emergency.”   Leah tossed her cards onto the pile. “I’m done.”   Landon and Steven nodded and gathered the cards. Clearly, the mood was broken. Samuel had fielded many more calls from his Daed lately, each one less tolerant of this new settlement than the previous call.   Leah moved from the floor to the couch. “For him to stay this riled, he must be on that Amish chat line again, hearing negative stuff about us.” She sighed and rolled her eyes. “They ought to call it what it is—the Amish gossip line.”   “Leah, kumm alleweil.” Steven’s gentle correction was meant to settle her, and as the only church leader for this new settlement, his words carried weight.   While walking into the kitchen, Samuel turned off the mute. “Hey, Daed. I’m surprised you’re using Landon’s cell when there’s no emergency.”   “It might be a crisis. What’s this rumor I’ve heard about Leah seeing that Englisch assistant of Rhoda’s?”   Samuel pressed his lips together. Which of the new Amish families that had moved here over the last six months had shared that information? Apparently someone intended to end the relationship.   “Leah is in her rumschpringe, Daed.”   “But I let her leave Pennsylvania under your charge, and I’m not going to put up with these rumors.”   Dozens of arguments ran through Samuel’s mind. As he opened his mouth to rebut, he saw movement in the living room that caught his attention.   The three women—Rhoda, Leah, and Phoebe—had moved to the couch. Arie was sitting in Leah’s lap, and her hair had been taken down from its bun. Leah brushed Arie’s hair as the women whispered and giggled. They worked hard and loved deeply. He’d never witnessed the kind of unison they had.   “Samuel,” his Daed growled, “are you even listening to me?”   Samuel’s mouth went dry as angst grabbed hold of him. He’d been clinging to the hope that if he handled the situation right between his Daed and Leah, he could keep all the relationships intact. Had it been a false hope?   The Amish had ways of applying constant pressure when they disagreed with someone’s behavior, and if that failed to change the person’s actions, he or she was shunned. Not officially through the church, but through mandatory actions that said you’re not welcome here anymore unless you change. How could he possibly shun Leah? Worse, how could Rhoda and Phoebe do so? But if it came to the point of shunning her and they didn’t do as told, they would be subject to the same treatment.   Besides, Steven was a church leader now. He and Phoebe would have to uphold the Ordnung, or the consequences would be unbearable. Maybe Daed just needed a reminder of who was the spiritual head here.   “Steven is working with Leah, praying for her, guiding her as he sees fit.”   “He’s young, not yet thirty, and some don’t think he’s handling the Old Ways as carefully as he should. Others doubt he should’ve been chosen since his sister remains under a shadow of doing witchcraft.”   “That’s absurd. Rhoda doesn’t—”   “Save it, Samuel. I heard on the chat line that a bishop in Berks County is thinking of moving his family to your area. If he does, he’ll outrank Steven and bring the kind of order Orchard Bend Amish should’ve had all along.”   Every Amish person who’d helped establish this new settlement firmly believed in the Amish ways and culture, but they had pushed a lot of lines since arriving here sixteen months ago. Their hearts were in the right place, but sometimes the Amish rules got in the way of believers following their consciences. That’s when those on Orchard Bend Farms bent the rules, and Samuel didn’t regret doing so.   Somehow Samuel had to stop his Daed from doing anything that would cause the Old Ways to move into this home like a poisonous gas, choking the breath out of the relationships.   But how?

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Seasons of Tomorrow“Woodsmall continues the Amish Vines and Orchards series with a standout Amish heroine in a unique Maine community trying to forge a new path. Fans of Amish fiction will enjoy her detailed descriptions of orchard life, and allreaders will be touched and satisfied by the ongoing love story.”—Amanda Flower, author of A Plain Disappearance“Cindy Woodsmall is an incredibly gifted author, and her books never fail to engage the mind and touch the heart.”—Mindy Starns Clark, best-selling author of Shadows of Lancaster County, The Amish Midwife, and more“Cindy Woodsmall is a masterful storyteller. In Seasons of Tomorrow, she uses her extensive knowledge of the Amish to create characters who tug at your heart as they deal with the joys and tribulations of falling in love. This is her best book yet. Readers won’t want to miss it!”—Barbara Cameron, award-winning author of forty books, including the Amish Roads series