For my Monday Musings this week, being Labor Day, I decided I would share with you about the latest book I read, A Season for Tending by Cindy Woodsmall. This is the first book in her new series, Amish Vines and Orchards.
This story takes the reader along a journey with the main character, Rhoda. We meet her during a very difficult time in her life. She has recently lost her sister, Emma, and there are many rumors buzzing around the Amish community regarding Rhoda and her premonitions. The various talk and rumors begin to effect more than just Rhoda and decisions and life choices must be made. Before these decisions can be made, a wayward Amish teen, Leah, is found in Rhoda’s garden one morning. The intersection of these two families lead to many more twists and turns in the course of this book.
Cindy Woodsmall does an amazing job of developing the characters throughout the book, especially that of Rhoda. We see her grow and change over the course of the book, just like the plants that she tends in her beautiful garden. One of my favorite quotes in the book would have to be, “Some wondrous things grow in the heart, not the ground” (245). The reader will see whether Rhoda decides to cultivate her heart or just the plants within her garden.
This was an incredible book that I would highly recommend. The story grabs you early on and you want to read more to discover where this journey will lead Rhoda and what will happen along the way. One warning, you may want to tell your family to order in pizza and turn the answering machine on. Once you start reading, A Season for Tending, you will not want to stop. The following is a link to the author’s website, http://www.cindywoodsmall.com, where you can find out even more information.
**Disclaimer: I received this book for free from http://waterbrookmultnomah.com for this review.