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The Harvest of Grace (Ada's House #3)

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Reeling from an unexpected betrayal, can Sylvia find relief from the echoes of her past…or will they shape her future forever?

Although Sylvia Fisher recognizes that most Old Order Amish women her age spend their hours managing a household and raising babies, she has just one focus—tending and nurturing the herd on her family’s dairy farm. But when a dangerous connection wi
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ebook, 352 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by WaterBrook Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jan Drexler
The Harvest of Grace is Cindy Woodsmall’s third book in her “Ada’s House” series. In this book we meet Sylvia Fisher, a young Amish woman whose skills encompass tending and nurturing a dairy herd more than the homemaking skills that her friends excel in. A heartbreaking development sends her away from home, where she finds employment on another farm, becoming a trusted friend of the arthritic Amish farmer and his wife.

But when Aaron Blank, the farmer’s son, returns home after months in rehab, hi
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Jenny Proctor
I loved this book. Having not read the first two books in the series, I wasn't sure how jumping right into book 3 would feel. Right from the start, I felt perfectly at home. While characters from previous novels are present, even vital in this third installment, the main characters and the main love story are unique to this book and thus easily read without feeling lost.

Here's the thing about romance novels. The point is for two people to fall in love. Most of the time, you know which two people
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Brenda
The plot of this book revolves around Sylvia Fisher, a twenty-two year old Amish girl who is different than most. She's a girl who isn't afraid to get out in the dairy barns and work, actually the love of dairy farming was instilled in her by her grandfather, who actually left her his home when he died.When she hesitates to give her boyfriend an answer to his marriage proposal he does the unthinkable and marries her sister, life becomes difficult on the farm, but when something unthinkable happe ...more
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Sylvia Fisher is an Amish woman who wants more than anything to run her family dairy farm. She just needs to learn about the business end of the farm. But her father and her fiance have other plans. Everything backfires and she is betrayed in more than one way. She leaves the comfort of her parents home and farm to work for an Amish family that desperately need help getting back on their feet. Sylvia thinks she is the person that can help them get their dairy farm more productive. Then here come ...more
Ibjoy1953
Harvest of Grace is yet another awesome Cindy Woodsmall Amish fiction. I like the way she gives us an intimate look at the lives of her main characters, and this one is no different. As Sylvia suffers the horrible pain of betrayal and Aaron struggles with his addictions, Cindy gives us an insight into their daily lives as they struggle each day, and even each hour with the pain they are facing. I was drawn in to this story living it with the characters, feeling their hurts, pain and struggles ri ...more
Cathy
Although Sylvia Fisher recognizes that most Old Order Amish women her age spend their hours managing a household and raising babies, she has just one focus—tending and nurturing the herd on her family’s dairy farm. But when a dangerous connection with an old beau forces her to move far from home, she decides to concentrate on a new start and pour her energy into reviving another family’s debt-ridden farm.

After months in rehab, Aaron Blank returns home to sell his Daed’s failing farm and move his
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Nikole Hahn
At first, the “Story So Far” page lost me. This is the first book I have read of Cindy Woodsmall’s Ada’s House Novels, and yet I enjoyed it. Sylvia Fisher’s story talks about love, betrayal, family, and feeling left out. It talks about so many issues that I and the readers of my blog can relate to personally. I especially found the secondary character, Cara, relatable.

Her father abandoned her and she went from foster home to foster home, but now he’s back in her life. Cara needs to be accepted i
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Courtney
I don’t believe I am ready to leave Ada’s House and all the characters I have met along the way!! I love reading about all these old friends and some brand new ones and I am not ready to bid them good-bye!!

The Harvest of Grace is book three in the Ada’s House Series and by far my favorite, mostly because it finalizes all the other stories of the characters from book one and book two in this series and we are left feeling satisfied and overjoyed!! I highly recommend not reading book three unless
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Melissa
I got the chance to review a Cindy Woodsmall book and I jumped at it. I just love her writing and her books. If you like Amish fiction and have not read anything by her I encourage you to do so. The book I am reviewing today is The Harvest of Grace. This is the third book in An Ada’s House Novel (series). I however have not read the first book or those prior to this book. I have to say characters from the first books made an appearance but I was able to follow along without fully knowing all the ...more
Kristin
The Harvest of Grace is the third book in the Ada's House series by Cindy Woodsmall. If you've already been reading the other books by this author, you should be getting to know the community - this is something I truly enjoy about Cindy Woodsmall. I love getting a glimpse of her characters in a book, even from outside of a series. I relished even the brief visit I got from Hannah from the "Sisters of the Quilt" trilogy, for example.

In this installment we meet Sylvia Fisher, a strong headed A
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Cindy
I have to begin my review by saying, this book by far exceeded my expectations!! I always expect Cindy Woodsmall books to be good, but this one was above great! It drug me in and I could not put it down until I finished it.

Now what made this book so good? It was full of twists and turns that you just don't expect in the average Amish novel. Romance gone bad, single woman kissing a married man, Amish man in rehab program for alcoholism, anger, rage, and much more. All the characters of this book
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Laura
Title: THE HARVEST OF GRACE
Author: Cindy Woodsmall
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
August 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7398-6
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary/Amish

Sylvia Fisher loves Elam, but she isn’t sure she wants to marry when Elam thinks they should. She has taken over her dad’s dairy cow business and it is beginning to show a profit. But Elam wants to marry in the fall and has already signed a business agreement with Sylvia’s dad, making him co-owner of their farm. Elam plans for him and Sylvia to liv
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Maureen Timerman
What an enjoyable read, and am sorry to say we will be leaving Ada's House, at least it looks that way to me. I love visiting with these old friends, and some new ones!
A recurring theme in this story seems to being able to accept God's forgiveness. Sylvia Fisher has left her Dead's farm, because she can't forgive herself for a sin she has committed. You will wonder if she and Aaron Bank will make a match?
Cara Atwater Moore is now learning the Pennsylvania Dutch in hopes of the Deacon and Bishop
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Tori
This is the 3rd book in the Ada’s House series. I haven’t read the others, and yet I didn’t feel particularly lost throughout the story although I did feel towards the end that some characters just sort of continued on when it really didn‘t need it. However, I will be going back to read the others, this novel was just that good.
It follows along with a few characters, but the main one is Sylvia Fisher. A twenty-two year old girl whom hasn’t yet joined the faith. She is betrayed by her boyfriend
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Jennifer
Sylvia has a good life. She is Old Order Amish and although her father has no sons, he has allowed her to help him with some of the farm duties, even listening to her when it comes to management of the cow herd. She has taken over the breeding of the herd and has been successful. Her beau Elam has also been talking to Sylvia's dad in preparation of their marriage. However, Sylvia is betrayed when she asks Elam for a bit more time before getting married.

Several years later, Sylvia is forced to le
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Chris Curtis
I wasn't sure how well I would like this book since it was the third in a series. I was happy to find that everything was explained well enough that I did not feel lost. The stories of the people from the previous books are tied up in this one.

Mainly this is the story of Sylvia and Aaron. Sylvia is engaged and has her heart broken. She loves her parent's dairy farm and wants to run it but after her heart is broken she just can not stay there any more. She finds a job with the Blank's who also ha
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Clockstein Lockstein
The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall is the third book in the Ada's House series. Sylvia fled her family farm after she nearly betrayed her sister, Beckie, to work on a farm in a new town. The Blank's farm seems to be her chance to start over. But when their son, Aaron, returns home from a stint in rehab, all her dreams are again in turmoil. Aaron has always just wanted to please his parents, a job that often seemed impossible so he turned to alcohol to escape the feelings of helplessness. No ...more
Britta
This is a long overdue review.
As this book has been sitting on my desk for nearly 3 months!

However, I'm glad I chose the first snowfall to read this heart-warming story,
and final book in the trilogy.

I love Amish fiction, and this one did not disappoint.
At times, I found it hard to get into, but overall, I loved it.
It was a fabulous end to the characters I have been following.

Sylvia is an Amish woman in her early twenties.
She's just been proposed to by her beau but she's unsure if marriage is wha
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Loraine Alcorn
I was able to read this story through blogging for books , they sent me an advanced copy.
Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall is a fabulous read and is really uplifting and teaching.

At first I was just a bit confused with it because of the many levels this book as. Being use to a story about one or two people I was surprised that this story has so may characters and story plots in it.
You are not just getting one story about one girl and her troubles but rather a whole community of people. Trust
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Tammy
Sylvia Fisher loved living on her family's farm. From the time she was little, Sylvia helped her grandfather while he was working. He taught her everything she knew about dairy farming. She even inherited a part of his farm after he passed away. Being the oldest of nine children, all girls, she also helped on her family's farm. Something unexpected happened and she had to leave the farm. She started working at Michael and Dora Blank's farm. She was in charge of all that was dairy.

One day the Bla
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Kaity-Jane Culbertson
The Harvest of Grace is the second book in the Ada's House series. As you can tell from my review of The Bridge of Peace, I absolutely fell in love with Woodsmall's stories and love the subtle lessons in them. While I liked The Bridge of Peace more than it's sequel, The Harvest of Grace was immensely enjoyable and I couldn't put it down.

I really liked Sylvia's personality. Sweet with a nice bit of spunk and a love for doing things her way -- the right way. In tune with nature and quite the busy
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Virginia Campbell
Women are daughters, mothers, wives and lovers. They are amazing in their ability to nurture, negotiate, navigate, and neutralize. They are masters at multi-tasking. When a woman steps off of the path she is expected to follow, and lets her inner compass guide her way, she may face great obstacles along her chosen course. Sylvia Fisher is such a woman. Born into a conservative Old Order Amish family of dairy farmers, Sylvia has an intuitive knack for the care and management of the herd on the fa ...more
Jodie
Have you ever read a book where you felt like you were sitting right beside the main character and feeling all their emotions? Well, this is one of those rare books that you get to feel like you are a part of a community. There is only one other author that I have read that is able to weave so many characters into a story and not get me totally confused.

Sylvia is heartbroken when her almost fiance asks her sister to marry him the day after he proposes to Sylvia. See, Sylvia wasn't quite sure sh
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Misty
This was a great read. I haven't read the first two books in the series, and as a stand alone, The Harvest of Grace fell just a bit flat, especially at the end. The entire epilogue was about Ephraim and Cara, a secondary couple/romance in this book--though I gather they are a prominent plotline in the other books. But it wasn't necessarily out of place and didn't interfere with the storyline.

The main storyline follows Sylvia, a dairyfarmer's daughter, who is betrayed by her boyfriend, Elam, and
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Amber Stokes
The "Ada's House" series features some powerful stories full of healing and hope and love. The Harvest of Grace is a wonderful, fitting conclusion to the Amish trilogy. While Woodsmall catches all readers up-to-date at the beginning of this book (making it possible to read this novel as a stand-alone if desired), the series really shines as a whole - with all three books coming together to look at the gem of God's love and the love between people from various angles.

Sylvia is a new character in
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Sarah
The Harvest of Grace is book 3 in the Ada’s House Amish Romance series by Cindy Woodsmall and it’s another hit for the author. I’ve read the first book but have not read the 2nd and it was no problem to follow along in this book, even though there are a lot of characters is easy to keep them straight as you follow the life of Sylvia Fisher. Sylvia isn’t your typical Amish woman – she doesn’t desire to be only a wife and mom, she wants to be an equal partner in her marriage but after a heart brea ...more
Trinity Rose
The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall is a sweet Amish story. The main story is about Aaron and Sylvia, but also about several other couples. It was easy to follow along and keep up with the different families. One thing Cindy did that I like is have a list of characters and told a little about each of them. That really helps to keep everyone straight especially when you first start a book. This is also the 3rd book in the Ada’ House series and I would have been lost without the list of chara ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Picking up right where The Bridge of Peace left off, Cindy Woodsmall takes us once more back into the lives of the characters we have come to know and love to see where their lives are headed, in the latest novel, The Harvest of Grace. This is the third book in the Ada's House series and it feels nice to head back to the Amish farm lands once more.

We find ourselves meeting a new friend, Sylvia Fisher, who is one of six daughters in her family and the one that has taken up working the family farm
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Katelyn Shear


This book was a bit unbelievable. I have read numerous Amish books in the past, but this one seemed to paint the Amish in a different picture. The hero (who is Amish) is a recovering drunk, the heroine (also Amish) kissed her sister's husband and ran away, they barely speak any Dutch or German. On the back of the book, it talks about Sylvia and Aaron. But half the book is about a woman named Cara forgiving and reviving a relationship with her once-drunk father. I didn't care much for Cara. I wan
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Abbie
4.5 Stars

Sylvia loves to be a dairy farmer but being a girl and being Amish make it harder. Being the oldest of all girls with no brothers her father has let her run the herd but not have a lot of say in the farming otherwise. She is also head over heals for a young Amish man but when he asks for her hand she hesitates and he ends up marring someone else. A few years later she has a shameful incident with him and leaves the family farm and heads to the Blanks. They are an older couple who’s daug
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Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author who has written six novels, three novellas, and Plain Wisdom, a work of nonfiction coauthored with her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud. She’s been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life.

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