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Review: The Winnowing Season

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Review: The Winnowing Season

The Winnowing Season by Cindy Woodsmall
Reviewed by: Jennifer Roman
Genre: Amish, romance, chick lit
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: April 2, 2013

In a continuation from A Season for Tending, Rhoda Byler and her brother’s family join the King brothers, Samuel and Jacob, and their Englisch friend Landon, in Maine. They are trying to set up a new community and orchard there after their previous orchard was destroyed by a tornado. This is the perfect chance for Rhoda to get a fresh start; her previous community believes she has evil powers because she can “see” events that are going to happen. It seems that things will be difficult in Maine, too, however. Jacob doesn’t move with the group because he has to go tend to some people he met during his Rumschpringe days, and even after he arrives, he has to leave to go back to see his friend. Samuel realizes he has feelings for Rhoda, so in order to keep them at bay, he avoids her and acts gruffly toward her when she is within sight. Worst of all, Rhoda encounters more problems with neighbors and has no support system other than God. She places her full trust in Him and knows that what is God’s will will be done, but it’s hard doing it alone.

There is a common misconception that certain groups of people do not face trials or tribulations in life, but as we see in The Winnowing Season, that certainly is not true. Christians still have problems. The Amish still have problems. They are much more like other people than is thought, as we see with Rhoda, Samuel, and Jacob. They all believe in God and are faithful to Him, yet they have to deal with painful situations. How they do it demonstrates their character, and they are able to put their worries on God, knowing He will take care of them. This story has a lot more personal sadness in it than the previous one, but that does not diminish its value. The book is well-written with interesting characters and a great topic. Readers of Christian novels or books about the Amish will enjoy following the story of Rhoda and the King brothers.

The Winnowing Season is written as a book about the Amish and their simple, God-fearing living, and for that reason it is appropriate for young adult and adult readers. There aren’t any inappropriate situations although some of the topics may be difficult for some people to read. There are no sexual situations and no profanity, so nothing should be offensive. This is a great read that really demonstrates the Amish faith in God, and for this I highly recommend it.

Rated G: This book does not contain violence, sex, or profanity.

Review copy provided by the publisher. Thank you!


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