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A Season for Tending

(Amish Vines and Orchards #1)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,522 ratings  ·  187 reviews
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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by WaterBrook Press (first published 2012)
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"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 ex
Rhonda Gayle
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hey, friends. By now you all know that I like Amish novels. It's hard to explain. But if you were ever curious about it, and thought you might like to read one, I would recommend this book/series. Cindy Woodsmall is, in my opinion, the best writer of the genre. ...more
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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’
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this book. I didn't like any of the characters. Most of them were mean or cruel. Also, there was a lot of idiocy. It annoyed me too much for me to enjoy this book. The setting was nice. It sounded like a beautiful place. I was disappointed that more of the story didn't take place in Maine. I was looking forward to that part of the story. ...more
Stephanie Mayfield
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Shari Larsen
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the Amish Vines and Orchard series.

Rhonda Byler is a young Old Order Amish woman whose unusual gifts and remarkable abilities to grow herbs and berries have caused many in her community to think of her as odd, and some even suspect of her witchcraft. She chooses a life of mostly isolation, spending her time in her fruit garden and her thriving canning business.

Miles away in Harvest Mills, Samuel King struggles to keep his family's apple orchard profitable; he farms with
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
This is a mini ‘Books For Christian Girls’ review. It is not a full content review and will not receive one. These mini-reviews are years old and just for clarity on the rating the book received on Goodreads.

“I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but, sadly, this wasn't it. I knew the series would be dragged out, but all the romance/emotions parts were different. Not my cup of tea.”

*Main Content-
Leah goes to parties, drinks (underage), & smokes; Mentions of animal droppings
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 :)
Millie Conway
Engaging Book

Another enjoyable read from Cindy Woodsmall. The characters were unique and interesting as they dealt with everyday problems and also some major problems. The characters were genuine and I gained insight from how they felt with the common problems of life. In addition, it was fascinating learning more about the care and methods of tending an apple orchard.
Becky Pinson
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish
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! ...more
Enjoyable book and clean romance.
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cindy-woodsmall, ill


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 peop
Barrett Brassfield
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I know what you are thinking. What is a dude my age doing reading Amish novels? Well, about three years ago I discovered this book in the library and at the time I didn't realize Amish fiction was even a thing so I was curious and decided to give it a read. Honestly, I found myself drawn to the simple life depicted in the novels. Not simple in terms of human relationships but simple in terms of living a life close to the land mostly sans modern technology. There is a part of me that is drawn to ...more
May 11, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, romance
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Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story will keep you guessing when it comes to romance. One minute you think there is a attraction between characters that will turn into something, the next minute you are not so sure. The only issue I had with this story was with Rhoda's "gut feelings". She and her family believed it to be a gift from God. The problem I have is that Rhoda sees and hears her dead sister Emma telling her how to help people. God is not going to use dead people. As the series continues, I'm hoping to discover ...more
Shelby Rush
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Typical intelligently-written and engaging Cindy Woodsmall story. I have loads of hang-ups with the Amish perspective, from a purely logical standpoint, but Ms. Woodsmall keeps me coming back to this genre anyway. The Amish way of life just naturally presents a hotbed for conflict, as their ways bump up against those of the Englisch. This makes for seemingly endless drama.

A number of interesting scenarios are set up in this first of a series. I'll no doubt be coming back for more ... once I fini
Carolyn Vandine West
I love Cindy Woodsmall’s books this one just was a little short of the 5 star for me. There is a lot of drama and characters just busyness to keep track of, but still very enjoyable.
Rhoda is a talented gardener and herbalist, but with those gifts also a feeling of premonition that comes on her. Some people in her old Amish order think she is a witch. She withdraws into her own little world of her business canning and selling her berries and jam as Rhode side stands, making it quite profitable.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in a series. Rhoda Byler loves tending her garden - berries for canning and herbs for healing. But her neighbors, both Amish and English, believe there's something wrong with her. God has given Rhoda a gift of "knowing" that something bad is about to happen, and He moves her to try to help. Yet, this gift ostracizes her, and she turns to her garden for peace. When Rhoda finds an Amish girl asleep in her garden one morning, things start to change for Rhoda. The girl is the ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: amish
I didn't like this as well as some of the Beverly Lewis books. I had a little more trouble with the characters. I will say I was a little bit confused about some of the cultural things because I was under the impression that courting was kind of kept secret so it made it a little weird that Catherine and Samuel were obviously dating.

I did like the story however and plan to read the rest in the series as I was in the mood for some multibook amish romance anyway.
Carolyn V
"Rhode side Assistance' a unique name for an amish business. How did that name come about? the town couldn't understand Rhodas' visions; they didn't trust her; until an inevitable happens.
Some bantering fun with some of the main characters. so much detail in this storyline; full of suspense and never a boring moment reading and I can't wait to read series number 2.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed this book. It caught my interest and my heart quickly. There are two stories and families who join together in trying to save a long standing business. In the process, they must overcome obstacles in learning to trust themselves and others.
Cherese Akhavein
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cindy Woodsmall creates a wonderful path into a love story of the Amish way if life while showing us the orchard season as you never have seen it before. A must read.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
On to book 2. Always love a good Amish story. Great characters, comflicts, family dynamics, some love story.
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I have to admit this wasn't my favorite Amish fiction, but I think my hopes were too high. Wanted more gardening/orcharding and less drama. ...more
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Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written nineteen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy's been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has ...more

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