A Season for Tending

A Season for Tending

Book - 2012
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Old Order Amish Rhoda Byler's unusual gift and her remarkable abilities to grow herbs and berries have caused many to think her odd. As rumors mount that Rhoda's "gift" is a detriment to the community, she chooses isolation, spending her time in her fruit garden and on her thriving canning business. Miles away in Harvest Mills, Samuel King struggles to keep his family's apple orchard profitable. As the eldest son, Samuel farms with his brothers, the irrepressible Jacob and brash Eli, while his longtime girlfriend Catherine remains hopeful that Samuel will marry her when he feels financially stable. Meanwhile, Samuel's younger sister Leah is testing all the boundaries during her rumschpringe, and finds herself far from home in Rhoda's garden after a night of partying gone badly. But Leah's poor choices serve as a bridge between Rhoda and the King family when a tragic mistake in the orchard leaves Samuel searching for solutions. Rhoda's expertise in canning could be the answer, but she struggles with guilt over the tragic death of her sister and doesn't trust herself outside her garden walls. As the lines between business, love, and family begin to blur, can Rhoda finally open up to a new life? And what effect will this odd, amazing woman have on the entire King family?
Publisher: Colorado Springs, CO : Waterbrook Press, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307730022
0307730026
0307730034
9780307730039
Branch Call Number: FICTION Woo
Characteristics: x, 339 pages ; 22 cm

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JCLLouisaWS Apr 17, 2013

Elements of Sarah Addison Allen's gentle magical realism meet the Bonnet Ripper craze in this opener to Cindy Woodsmall's latest series, Amish Vines and Orchards. After her sister's death, intuitive Rhoda is distrusted by Plain Folk and Englischer alike. Rhoda finds solace in her garden, but even that upsets the locals who believe her herbs are used for witchcraft. Responsible older brother Samuel and the prodigal Jacob are working to keep their family orchard in the black. When spider mites attack the back tierce, they reach out to Rhoda in hopes of saving more than this year's apples.

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Feb 08, 2013

This is my first time to read author Cindy Woodsmall. I thoroughly enjoyed her style and look forward to the second book in the series due out in April 2013.

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