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In a community where conformity flourishes, seeds of Rhoda’s odd behavior were planted long ago. Can she cultivate her relationships with the same care and tenderness that she gives her beloved garden?

Old Order Amish Rhoda Byler’s unusual gift and her remarkable abilities to grow herbs and berries have caused many to think her odd. As rumors mount that Rhoda’s “gift” is a
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ebook, 336 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by WaterBrook Press (first published 2012)
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Rhonda Gayle
I felt my heart being torn for Rhoda Byler as the community questioned her gift. It is not just the Amish who look on "gifts" of intuition or knowing as strange and attribute it to witchcraft as they did with Rhoda. She does have the support of most of her family though. What I loved is that in this Amish fiction, several characters struggle with gossip, jealousy, and unkind thoughts of others. The characters were made to seem very human and I appreciate that. Cindy Woodsmall gives a clear messa ...more
Kristin
"A Season for Tending" is the first book in the Amish Vines and Orchards series by Cindy Woodsmall. So far I have enjoyed every single book I've ever read by the author and this book was no exception to that. There's a certain standard I have come to expect from Cindy and that is:
1. Characters you can fall in love with.
2. Wisdom interwoven into the very fabric of her stories.
3. Edgy and unique storyline.


In this book we meet a young lady named Rhoda Byler. As an Old Order Amish, you would expect
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Laura
Title: A SEASON FOR TENDING
Author: Cindy Woodsmall
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
September 2012
ISBN : 978-0-3077-3002-2
Genre: Amish

In a community where conformity flourishes, seeds of Rhoda’s odd behavior were planted long ago. Can she cultivate her relationships with the same care and tenderness that she gives her beloved garden?

Old Order Amish Rhoda Byler’s unusual gift and her remarkable abilities to grow herbs and berries have caused many to think her odd. As rumors mount that Rhoda’s “gift” is
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Whoopie
A Season for Tending
By Cindy Woodsmall

This is the first book in Ms. Woodsmall’s “Amish Vines and Orchards”. It is a MUST read, and personally, I think Ms. Woodsmall needs to get busy getting the rest of the books in this series to us as soon as she can ☺

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In a community where conformity flourishes, seeds of Rhoda’s odd behavior were planted long ago. Can she cultivate her relationships with the same care and tenderness that she gives her beloved garden?

Old Order Amish Rhoda Byler’s
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Stephanie Mayfield
I've never read any books on the Amish, so this was a first for me. But the way Cindy Woodsmall wrote Season for Tending brought them out to be normal people that everyone can relate to. All the while introducing the rest of us to their ways of life. Can I share a secret with you?? There really no different than the rest of us. they just have a few beliefs that we deem as strange.
Rhoda's spirit calls out from this book with such a surprising strength it keeps you turning the page, and not wanti
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Debbie
Just finished reading "A Season For Tending" by Cindy Woodsmall. This is book 1 in The Amish Vines And Orchards Series. Another 5 star book by Cindy Woodsmall. Leah always felt her family didn't love her and didn't want the Amish lifestyle so she was always going to English parties and one night her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her when she is drunk and she loses her way home and falls asleep in Rhoda's garden, Rhoda is considered strange by the people in town because of the herbs she gro ...more
ShawnaFlem
I was luck enough to be given a chance to read A Season for Tending before it was even released. Cindy Woodsmall tells a wonderful story of an odd Amish women named Rhoda who prefers to spend most of her time in her garden than with her peers. Most of her community are appalled by her gift and avoid her at all cost. Across the state lives the King family. Samuel, the oldest boy trying to revive the old apple orchard. Eventually the two meet thanks to Samuel's younger sister Leah. Samuel and his ...more
Lynne Young
When I first started this book I almost abandoned it because I tend to shy away from books that have too many characters from the beginning. It gets too confusing trying to remember who goes with who and it takes away from the story. I spend more time trying to remember who the character is than enjoying the story.

Once I got it all straightened out it was a good story. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to book 2 where I think there will be less characters to sort out. I love Ms. Woodsmall's
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JoyAnne
Cindy Woodsmall writes really good Amish fiction. I liked the strength of Rhoda and the other characters with the exception of Catherine, she is whiny and weak. Rhoda's relationships with Samuel and Jacob keep you wondering which one she'll end up with. It's a nice look into the Amish lifestyle. Samuel's young sister, Leah, is in her rumschpringe and after a party ends up in Rhoda's garden. Something happens that causes strife between their families.

Good writing, interesting characters, and a g
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Susan
Excellent. I always find fiction about the Amish extra uplifting. This book was really special. The characters and their problems were extra well defined. Several of the characters had things from the past that inhibited them from using their wonderful gifts in the present. It was wonderful how these inhibitations were resolved. Left me really wanting to read the next book in the series. For lack of a better word, this book was much more detailed and encompassing than some I've read in the past. ...more
Erin
Cindy Woodsmall's "Amish Vines and Orchards" series kicks off with the story of Rhoda, a young woman with a few distinctive gifts. She is a green thumb extraordinaire, and she has uncanny intuition which has gotten her into much trouble. People are very distrustful of Rhoda's "seeings," and she feels isolated because of their superstition and fear. She takes great solace in growing berries and herbs, and has a thriving canning business called Rhode Side Stands.

Samuel King lives in the next distr
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Amy
Really liked it, cindy woodsmall knows how to write a good story :). Catherine did get on my nerves at times. This story made me realize how quick we can be to make rash judgements about people, like judging a book by its cover....and how we should try to be aware of and overcome prejudices we may have picked up or been taught at an early age.
And how could she end the story like that!!!!!! I must read the next book very soon :)
Becky Pinson
Absolutely loved this book! The different relationships, the questions, the secrets, each character "finding" him/herself.....great!!! Cindy Woodsmall weaves a great story and leaves it hanging at the end!
Connie
Great book. I love to garden and have an herb garden. I also can so this book was right up my alley. I was canning applesauce at the time I read the book.
Joanne
I liked this book up until they made a love triangle, that bugs me especially since it is between 2 brothers.

I will keep reading the series because I would like to know how it ends but I am already annoyed about this.

The other aspects of the story were great. The youth trying out English ways and trying to decide where they fit, the orchard and berry gardens, canning, family, love & friendship. Her special abilities seemed a little out of places for a Christian novel but at the same time, t
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Laura
This is my first reading by this author and this (Book 1) has me going back to the library to get the other four in this "Amish Vines and Orchard" It shows how when there is a different personality in the family how quickly they can be preceived as different, add this to their way of life and one can only feel sadness of this young woman who was talked about and shunt in her own community. I love the addition of another young woman in her life which gave raise to another opportunity to perhaps m ...more
Fv
Money grubbing author. Drags out a story so we have to buy four books.

So much for the 'Christian' ways she tries to shove down us while on the other hand greedily rakes in our dough.

This story is about a gal, Rhoda, that has demonic feelings, clearly something God detests, and a guy that owns a orchard a few miles away. (Deuteronomy 18:10-12)"There should not be found in you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, anyone who employs divination, a practicer of magic or a
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Carmen Lang
I'm not a real Amish fan. But, thought I would try it. The main character Rhoda is very human, likeable and down to earth. She truly wants to do the right thing and be God's servant. It was difficult to see how cruel some of the other Amish were to Rhoda. The other characters are also interesting. This is a first book in a series and nothing, absolutely nothing is resolved. This book should be very appealing to Amish fans. I enjoy series, but I like for each book to be more self contained and no ...more
Becky Keir Grace
The first book in this series introduces Rhoda, a woman with the gift of premonition. This can be hard for many people to accept, but Rhoda is Amish, and her people seem to look on her as a possible witch, as do the non-Amish in the area. I liked Rhoda. Her ability to grow plants and herbs is amazing; not only do her plants thrive, but she was able to start up her own business for her canned goods. She was strong, independent and intelligent. She had a good heart and wanted to help people. She f ...more
Gail Welborn
Cindy Woodsmall introduces her new Amish Vines and Orchards series with “A Season for Tending,” a story wrapped in economic hardship, troubled family relationships, romance and suspected witchcraft.

The story opens in Morganville where readers meet Rhoda Byler a young, guilt-ridden woman tending her flourishing herb and berry gardens as she prepares for harvest. She intends to can the large variety of fruits, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries she harvests and use the herbs
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Melissa
So my latest read was oh so good having said that I have to say I never met a Cindy Woodsmall book I did not like or even love. The latest book I read was the start to a new Amish series. I can describe this book in one word FABOULOUS. The book is called A Season for Tending the series is called The Amish Vines and Orchard. I met Rhonda Byler and she is gifted. She is gifted in growing herbs and berries ever since the day her dad gave her a blue berry bush. She is looked upon as odd because she ...more
Cindy Meilink
Although this book was outside my usual genre, I've always been curious about Amish life, and the description intrigued me.

Cindy Woodsmall offers a fresh look at Amish life as she brings her characters to life.

Rhoda Byler is a young Amish woman who operates her own small canning business. Living with her parents, siblings, and their spouses and children, brings a whole new meaning to "close-knit family".

As a woman in business, she has her share of cynics, but add to that a gift that enables her
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Marianne
Come with me to Amish country, Pennsylvania and immerse yourself into the world Cindy Woodsmall has created. I have read numerous Amish novels, and I was starting to think they were more or less all the same already – horse and buggy, large families, no modern facilities such as cars or what I would think of as the basics of electricity and telephones. In a sense this is completely true, because the Amish lifestyle does embrace large families and eschews the more modern ideas, but in another sen ...more
Susan
I will state up front–I am NOT a fan of Amish fiction and A Season for Tending is not the book that will change that. It was slow moving and a bit too soapy for me. Cindy Woodsmall is a fine writer, no doubt about it, but I simply did not enjoy the storyline at all. I would love to see her take a step away from the Amish fiction fad and write a Christian fiction book of a different genre.

Fans of Amish fiction will probably love A Season for Tending. The writing is good and if you enjoy this sort
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Caitlyn Santi
To be honest I did not anticipate that I would like this book, I do not generally read Amish fiction because I don't like the way that a lot of authors portray their Amish characters, as worldly and shallow people that only care about themselves, all in an effort to make the characters relatable to readers! Just a personal pet peeve! But I was intrigued by this book and when I was given a chance to review it, I decided to give it a whirl. I ended up loving this book! The characters were perfect, ...more
Maureen Timerman
I am a fan of Cindy Woodsmall's books, once you read them, they linger with you for a long time. This one is a compelling page turner and a big insight into the strength of Amish family life.
As with all communities, people are not always what they present themselves to be. People who claim to love the Lord and then do violence to another one is an example. Poor Rhoda has been bullied by some in her Community because she told the true about this individual. When first her garden, and them her bel
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Julia
Studying the Amish has become a hobby of mine. I try to read anything I can get my hands on about the Amish-- including fiction books. I chose this book because of the author supposedly having strong connections with the Amish community.

I was very disappointed in the Amish side of this book. First, the women characters were very mouthy and outspoken. Second, from my interactions with the Amish and from what I have read in both non-fiction and fiction books-- Amish men are not allowed to wear co
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Cindi
Cindy Woodsmall has again written a book, A Season for Tending, that not only has me on the edge of my seat, one that I can't put down, but also has me anticipating book #2. I enjoy these books. Cindy has a way of opening up so many characters, bringing in many different plot lines without them becoming confused or hard to follow. They just leave you wanting more.

In A Season for Tending she opens the door by introducing Rhoda, often called Rhodes, who is considered a bit quirky by those who know
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Robin
A Season for Tending
Cindy Smallwood

Book Summary: In a community where conformity flourishes, seeds of Rhoda's odd behavior were planted long ago. Can she cultivate her relationships with the same care and tenderness that she gives her beloved garden? Old Order Amish Rhoda Byler's unusual gift and her remarkable abilities to grow herbs and berries have caused many to think her odd. As rumors mount that Rhoda's "gift" is a detriment to the community, she chooses isolation, spending her time in her
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Sally
Cindy Woodsmall has written half a dozen Amish novels and I’ve previously reviewed two of them on my blog. A Season for Tending is her newest offering and the first in the Amish Vines and Orchards trilogy. As always, while Woodsmall focuses on two characters she also gives us insights into their family and friends so that we get that sense of community. The plot, however, is a little different. We’re used to the Amish being involved in quilting, retail, farming and carpentry. The apple orchard c ...more
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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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