Book Review, “The Winnowing Season,” Cindy Woodsmall author

winnowing season coverThe Winnowing Season, by Cindy Woodsmall, is a remarkable novel.  The second in the Amish Vines and Orchards series, it continues the story of Rhoda Byler, an Amish woman with a gift for gardening and cooking who carries the burden of a powerful intuition.

This story begins with Rhoda, her business partners Samuel and Jacob King, their sister Leah, Rhoda’s brother Steven and his family, and her English business partner Landon preparing to move to Maine to begin work on a new orchard and a new Amish community.  The Amish leaders wish to speak to Rhoda in a community meeting the night before they are to leave, causing difficulty before the journey even begins.  The trip to Maine does not go according to plan, and, once they arrive, many events occur that seem to stretch their chances of success as well as their faith.

After reading the first book in this series, I was more prepared for the cliffhanger ending in this one.  I must admit that I cannot wait to find out what happens to these characters.  I look forward to reading the next book in order to find out.

I would definitely recommend this book to all who enjoy Amish fiction, but I recommend reading the series in order.


I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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