I’ve always loved Cindy Woodsmall’s books. She has a unique understanding of the Amish that comes from her personal relationship with them. Go to her website and check out her other books.
This book is the second in the series, Amish Vines and Orchards. Woodsmall includes a “the story so far” section at the beginning if the book in case you hadn’t read the first one. This was very helpful because without it you are kind of thrown into the story midstream. The main characters are portrayed very realistically, flaws and all.
From the publisher:
“The tornado that devastated Kings’ Orchard pushed Rhoda, Samuel, and Jacob to make a new start in
. Are they strong enough to withstand the challenges of establishing an Amish community—and brave enough to face the secrets that move with them? Maine
On the eve of their departure to begin a new Old Order Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is shocked to discover that choices made by her business partner and friend, Samuel King, have placed her and her unusual gifts directly into the path of her district’s bishop and preachers. She is furious with Samuel and is fearful that the Kings will be influenced by the way her leaders see her, and not what they know to be true—that Rhoda’s intuition is a gift from God.Jacob King won’t be swayed by community speculation. He loves Rhoda, believes in her, and wants to build a future with her in
. But when the ghosts of his past come calling and require him to fulfill a great debt, can he shake their hold before it destroys what he has with Rhoda? Samuel has a secret of his own—one he’ll go to great lengths to keep hidden, even if it means alienating those closest to him. Throwing himself into rehabilitating the once-abandoned orchard, Samuel turns to a surprising new ally. MaineBook 2 of the Amish Vines and Orchards series asks: can the three faithfully follow God’s leading and build a new home and orchard in ? Or will this new beginning lead to more ruin and heartbreak?” Maine
This book is clearly written to be read in succession with the first and third books. As much as I love her books, I was disappointed in how Woodsmall ended this one, or rather, how it didn’t end. The reader is left hanging, with nothing much being resolved. We still don’t know who Rhoda really loves, what all of her ‘visions’ mean, if the new community will survive, or what will happen with Jacob and his troubles from his past. It does, however, leave you wanting to read the next one. Which, when you think about it, is probably the plan. To be continued......when I read book three.
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