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The Winnowing Season

(Amish Vines and Orchards #2)

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The tornado that devastated Kings’ Orchard pushed Rhoda, Samuel, and Jacob to make a new start in Maine. Are they strong enough to withstand the challenges of establishing an Amish community—and brave enough to face the secrets that move with them?

On the eve of their departure to begin a new Old Order Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is shocked to disco
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by WaterBrook (first published January 1st 2013)
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Vera Godley
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Winnowing Season is book 2 in the series and follows A Season for Tending. The main female character is Rhoda Byler who has a gift of being able to intuitively know what is about to happen. Some call this a hunch. Some call it "second sight." But some deem it witchcraft or evil. But Rhoda has lived with this gift virtually her entire life and has learned to suppress and hide it from the people around her. Because, you see, the Amish deem it evil. But Rhoda is a woman of God and one who seeks ...more
Virginia Campbell
Author Cindy Woodsmall continues the story of young Rhoda Byler, whom we first met in "A Season for Tending", with "The Winnowing Season", Book 2 in the "Amish Vines and Orchards" series. Rhoda is an Old Order Amish member with intelligence, a head for business, and the gift of "intuition", which she feels is God-given. These personal characteristics, combined with a natural ability to grow produce and herbs, cause some in the community to allow superstition to enter their view of Rhoda. When so ...more
Kelly Tyree
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is book 3 of this wonderful series and to say I am hooked is an understatement. The main character, Rhoda, is loved by two men, brothers. I have to admit I am rooting for Samuel. His love for her is so beautiful and understated. The suspense is just killing me. Cindy Woodsmall has done such a great job of making these characters come alive in the story. There is also a budding romance between Leah and Landon and I am curious about what decision Leah will make about her future. Jacob just dr ...more
Dawn
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this book and the hardest part is waiting for next book to see what happens next. Cindy's talent for writing is beyond compare. Winnowing Season continues the story of Rhoda, Jacob and Samuel. You feel the turmoil and happiness with each of the characters. How they handle each situation that is presented to them.
Deanne Patterson
Apr 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-copy
Blah! I just could not get into this book. I've known about it since it first came out in 2013 but the summary didn't sound good. After reading it I knew my assumptions were correct! Good thing I've already read this author and enjoyed her other books or I may have based her upcoming books on this one.
Donita Corman
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very good story so far. lot of complexity in the characters and they are not perfect. Looking forward to see what happens next.
The Literary Maidens
May 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: madi-s-read

Title: The Winnowing Season

Author: Cindy Woodsman

Source: Review Book

Number Of Pages: 336

ISBN: 9780307730046

Publisher: WaterBrook

Publication Date: 2013

My Rating: 3 Out Of 5 Stars





D e s c r i p t i o n ( T a k e n F r o m www.amazon.com ) :


The tornado that devastated Kings’ Orchard pushed Rhoda, Samuel, and Jacob to make a new start in Maine. Are they strong enough to withstand the challenges of establishing an Amish community—and brave enough to face the secrets that move with them?

On the eve of
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Rachel
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a well written and interesting Amish novel with good character development. I am still a little uneasy about Rhoda's "gift" of "premonitions," and when I reread the first novel of the series, I wondered if she is meant to come across as having minor schizophrenia because it wouldn't be all that unlikely for her to be seeing visions of her dead sister and hearing things that aren't there if that were the case. Rhoda feels that her gift is from God--Joan of Arc said the same incidentally- ...more
Jalynn Patterson
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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The tornado that devastated Kings’ Orchard pushed Rhoda, Samuel, and Jacob to make a new start in Maine. Are they strong enough to withstand the challenges of establishing an Amish community—and brave enough to face the secrets that move with them?

On the eve of their departure to begin a new Old Order Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is shocked to discover that choices made by her business partner and friend, Samuel King, have placed her and her unusual gifts d
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Rosemarie
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book picks up where book 1 in the series left off (and includes a synopsis of book 1 as a refresher). Trying to start a new Amish community in Maine is tough enough, but circumstances seem to make things even more difficult. From Jacob's past coming to haunt him to his brother Samuel secretly being in love with Jacob's girl Rhoda to Rhoda being accused of a felony to reporters being where the new community didn't want them to be - can they actually revive the apple orchard and create a new ...more
Victoria
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
I think this book was dragging on things and it was not holding my interest long past the first few chapters. It got boring halfway through. I am really sad such a thing happened considering how hooked I was to the first book. It was still good. Definitely dramatic.

The setting is now in Maine at the new orchard that the Kings and some of the Bylers live at now. They are the first Amish community there. Jacob has been helping out his old English friends which keeps him far apart from his girlfrie
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Patty Hearts Dave
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rhoda Byler looks forward to getting a fresh start. Jacob has a past from being in the English world that he can't escape. And Samuel can't fight what's in his heart. The main characters have really changed since the series started. Cindy Woodsmall makes me feels like I know the characters in this book. They are all so likeable, even with their faults. I looked forward to reading this story and wasn't disappointed. It is just as good as the first book. I can't wait to find out how everything com ...more
Lanette
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ugh. It took me forever to get through this one. I have to admit that I don't like all the stupid drama. It's like every character is back in high school. More gardening, more orcharding, less upheaval. If I continue on to book 3 it won't be for a long time. I can't say that I care enough about any of the characters to really want to find out what happens to them.
Veda Hilton
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner

I have thoroughly enjoyed the two books in this series and can't wait to begin book 3.
I love multiple book series. It allows the characters I've come to know to continue to develop and grow as "friends".
Book one was fantastic but I found myself just as glued, if not more so, to book 2.
kathleen turner
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good read

Loved the book. I want to know what happens next. I think the brothers will eventually make up but I don't know if she will pick either one of the brothers. It will be interesting to see who she picks. This was a hard to put down book. You were constantly wondering what would possibly go wrong next. I hope the author continues the story.
Gail
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Complicated!i

Well written book by Cindy Woodsmall. This is part 2of 3. There isn't much written about the business. Rather about conflicts Jason is having with his Englisher girl friend and prob!ems Rhonda is having involving the police. This book is not as good as the first book but still a very good read
LaShunda
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
A passionate and engaging story centered around a young woman attempting to honor God with her gifts and the attempts to forge a new community.
The ending of this tale was particularly maddening to me, as now I am compelled to seek out and read the next book in the series though I should not complain as I do so enjoy tales told by Cindy Woodsmall
Shelby Rush
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love the complexity of Ms. Woodsmall's characters -- they are so believable she must be modelling them off real folks or basing them on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The fact that she's able to hold my interest through a whole series is testimony to what a skilled storyteller she is.
✨ Gramy ✨
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Inspirational Amish read that includes diversity, hardship, faith, and family bonds.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"Rhoda Byler shoved her to-do list into the hidden pocket of her apron and slipped out of the summer kitchen. A brief glance assured her non one was around to see her. She needed a few minutes, however fleeting, without anyone tugging at her. Her shoulders and arms ached as she walked into the orchard.

She breathed in, and the heady scents of fall and ripe apples helped soothe her frayed nerves. After nearly two months of nurturing the tornado-ravaged orchard, she found the view both uplifting a
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Melisha
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book series!
Emily Ste
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh the drama...must get the next one!!!
Who will Leah chose?! Who is Dumont?! Will Leah stay?!
Catherine
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was an o.k. book!
Donna
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
On to book 3...continuing story of a. Amish family..
Margaret May
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Hard time getting into this book. Can honestly say I wasn’t thrilled with it. Tried to stick to reading it but didn’t love it
Beverly
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After a tornado ripped through King's Orchards, owners and business partners Samuel, Jacob and Eli King and Rhoda Byler decide to purchase an abandoned orchard in Maine to restore, and give the damaged orchard time to recover. To do that, a new Amish community needed be established around the orchard. There were no other Amish in Maine. Several families purchased the orchard together and prepare to move to Maine. Samuel and Jacob King have gone with their sister Leah, along with Rhoda and her br ...more
Pam
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, listened
2nd time listening - enjoyed more this time because I'd just finished Book 1.
Books-I-Love
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I really loved this book, even though I haven't read the first one. This book is all about horticultural skills, Rhoda trying to get out of struggle and her love life, and God calling her. I really wished that she and Jacob would end up together, but after reading it, I really really wished that she would end up with Samuel, such a weird feeling. Oh, how I wished to get the third book in the same store. Too bad this was second-handed, and it wasn't with its other books, you know if the previous ...more
Chris
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY

Rhonda
Rhonda was born with a special gift that was given to her by God. She has a keen sense of intuition. I'm not just talking about common sense, sometimes things are revealed to her before she even knows whats happening. Her whole life she has been trying to smother this gift, because it made people hate her. E
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Miranda A. Uyeh
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rarely is a second book way better than the first. This book is one of such. There was never a dull moment start to finish. It would be fine as a standalone but I wouldn’t recommend that it be read that way at all. The fun in seeing the story in the big picture would be terribly missed, and Cindy is weaving something beautiful here. This book is AWESOME! Talk about a reloaded. A Season for Tending is really good, but it pales in comparison with this one, the second in the series. I was right whe ...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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Amish Vines and Orchards (4 books)
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