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A Season of Change

(Seasons in Pinecraft #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Amish widower Jacob Miller believes it was a mistake to visit the Amish village of Pinecraft for winter vacation, especially after his daughter is struck by a car. Stranded in Sarasota until his daughter recovers, Jacob grows increasingly wary of events that unfold in his unfamiliar surroundings—including the strange curiosity of Englischer Natalie Bennett.
Natalie never th
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Abingdon Press (first published May 1st 2014)
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Dan Curnutt
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have read many Amish novels and have enjoyed most of them. I thought that they all were bit the same and they usually ended the same. But this one had some twists and turns that I didn't expect.

First of all the Amish man, Jacob Miller, has lost his wife after the birth of two children. He is alone and a lonely. The Amish community would love to see him remarry and there are many candidates. But Jacob has not decide yet that it is time to move on.

The scene of the story is not in Amish country.
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"A Season Of Change" by Lynette Sowell is a really really good book.

"A Season Of Change" by Lynette Sowell kept me turning the pages to see if Englischer Natalie Bennett and Amish widower Jacob Miller could somehow overcome their different worlds and be a couple. The attraction was there from the begining.

"A Season Of Change" by Lynette Sowell is the first book in the "Seasons in Pinecraft" series.

Jacob Miller and his children are on vacation in the village of Pinecraft in Sarasota, Florida,a
Beverly Lytle
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Season of Change is a unique Amish story that is filled with a fresh plot line. Within its pages, you will find quite the twist of unusual characters and events. I really enjoyed the fresh approach in an Amish fiction. I also enjoyed the familiarity of a nearby Ohio Amish community.
Lynette Sowell does a very good job of sharing the likes and differences between the Amish, Mennonite, and Christian faiths. Comparisons are also made between the Pinecraft community in Florida and other Amish commu
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish
A Season of Change (book 1) was a very pleasant book to read. I couldn't put it down and read it for many, many hours. I like that the book takes place in Pinecraft, a town in Sarasota, Fl. I have been wanting to visit there for years but have not had the chance yet. Some of the characters became real to me as I picture who there really are and the places mentioned I have heard of them. I may not have made it to Pinecraft yet but the author has given me the pleasure of being there by reading her ...more
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Present Day - Florida

"It's hard to know how much compromise is too much, and what's not a big issue at all. Most of us who aren't Amish could argue all day about what's a compromise to our faith, and how 'separate' from the world we should be. For them, being separate comes from the inside as well as out." -Natalie

I really like Amish fiction but sometimes it can tend to have a lot of similarities from one book to the next. A Season of Change really breaks away from the normal and, for me, that r
DynamicUno Thomas
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I realized A Season of Change took place in Pinecraft, I was even more excited than usual. You see, I live in a suburb of Tampa, Florida, which is just north of Sarasota- where Pinecraft is located!

In fact, I've been to Yoder's Amish Village several times and can't wait to go back! The food at the restaurant is FABULOUS! Really--it's like the food your grandma used to make. Meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, apple butter for the fresh sliced bread, and lots of pie! Everything is homemade and n
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Hard to believe you might find a common ground with the life of a circus performer and an Amish family in the latest novel from author Lynette Sowell. Yet that is what you will find as the basic premise in A Season of Change in the first novel in the Seasons of Pinecraft series. Both of the main characters are going through their own "seasons of change" with being in Pinecraft, Florida, a place where the Amish generally come in the winter months from their towns up North.

Jacob Miller had only p
Amy Bradsher
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Season of Change is a fascinating Amish story unlike any other! I've called Amish books 'unique' before, but this one definitely takes the cake. A romance between an Old Order Amish widower and a former circus performer? Who could imagine?
Apparently Lynette Sowell could, and she does - well. Her writing is smooth, polished, and ripe with romantic possibilities between Jacob and Natalie. She brings Pinecraft to life, as well as the culture and the people who populate it, and that's a major plus
ASC Book Reviews
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm kinda torn with this one. I love Amish I love circus so I thought this was gonna be my kinda book. And in some ways it was and in some ways it wasn't. I had a really hard time getting into the plot. For me the pace fluctuated from REALLY good scenes to filler that caused the pace and my attention to slip. There was a little too much grief and death for me in the beginning, but by the end the joy and messages of God's will and love overcame them. The kids captured my heart completely and almo ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book.
Gayle Pace
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing

The is not your typical love story.

We have two main characters: We have Jacob, who's wife and newborn son has died and he is floundering in the his world trying to find peace while taking care of his two children. He has so many questions, but they are not the questions that an Old Order Amish man should ask. As with the Amish beliefs, courting and remarrying should come after a short bereavement. He is constantly being pressured to remarry. But Jacob doesn't just want to marry anyone, he
Karen Korb
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing

My Thoughts About The Book: I have a love of Amish fiction, especially good Amish fiction, and am delighted that so many Amish fiction authors are out there right now. I was taken aback because A Season of Change is so very different from any other Amish stories I have read to date. The story opens with Jacob Miller, an Amish widower who meets an Englisher, Natalie(a clown), while she is visiting the children's wing of the hospital where his daughter is. I would never have placed circus people a
A Visit to Pinecraft, Florida

"It's hard to know how much compromise is too much, and what's not a big issue at all. Most of us who aren't Amish could argue all day about what's a compromise to our faith, and how 'separate' from the world we should be. For them, being separate comes from the inside as well as out." -Natalie Bennett

A Season of Change is set in the Plain community of Pinecraft, Florida. Where both Amish and Mennonites vacation, and some live and/or retire there as well. And it
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Season of Change by Lynette Sowell
the story of Jacob Miller and Natalie Bennett.
Jacob Miller had only planned on being in Pinecraft for two weeks to celebrate Christmas with his grandparents and his two children in hoping to distance himself from the painful memories of losing his wife Hannah and newborn son. Now it seems as if everyone expects him to move on and find a new wife, hopefully a young Amish girl like Betsy Yoder who has expressed more than a passing interest in Jacob.
Jacob Miller
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Amish Widower, Jacob Miller intended for his visit to Sarasota Florida to be a short one but when his young daughter is injured his stay there becomes much longer than he expected. Natalie Bennett is still mourning the loss of her mother when she receives startling news - her mother was once Amish. Natalie is filled with questions about the Amish and thinks the Millers might be able to help her find any relatives she may have. Jacob and Natalie start to grow close but love between Amish man and ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lynette Sowell writes a love story like no other. Typical love stories plot along with the two parties falling in love the conventional way. However, the two people in this love story are far from typical.

In the Amish world, many say "What happens in Pinecraft stays in Pinecraft". Jacob is an Old Order Amish who decided to visit Pinecraft, Florida with his two children. Having lost his wife and newborn son, he is struggling to find his way. He has questions which he knows he should not ask acco
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Season of Change is book one in The Seasons of Pinecraft by Lynette Sowell and I loved it. As my readers know Amish Fiction is my favorite genre and this book did not disappoint. I have never had the pleasure of reading books by Lynette Sowell but now I have a new author on my list to read. A Season of Change is definitely not a typical Amish fiction book especially since our main character is a teacher at the circus school in Sarasota. Lynette Sowell writes with authority on Amish faith, Pine ...more
J.C. Morrows
What an intriguing new series.

This is actually the first book I have read by Lynette Sowell and I am simply amazed at her tremendous talent.

This is a wonderfully well-written book and I am excited that there are two more planned in this exceptional new series.

I know it really has no bearing on the story but I’m always thinking about how the writer imparts the actual Amish culture and I feel like the cover has a lot to do with that and I really love how you can see the face of the young woman who
Michelle Morgan
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Season of Change by Lynette Sowell
A Season of Change can only be described as a breath of fresh air. Amish widower Jacob Miller’s daughter is injured and hospitalized while on vacation in Pinecraft, Florida. Because of her injures he will be there for an extended period of time. Bubbles the clown AKA Natalie Bennett befriends the Miller children and family. As Jacob and Natalie develop feeling for one another they think there is no hope for a relationship between an Christian Englisher and an
Laura A. Grace
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this Amish/English novel! Pinecraft was such a fascinating place with interesting people, Amish and English alike!

What attracted me originally to this novel was Natalie's job with the circus and her involvement with the Millers. I was definitely not disappointed! It was mind-blowing to me in reading about an Amish community in Florida and the different groups of Amish there! It was even more awesome to see how they embraced Natalie who was not even Plain as if she was no di
Maureen Timerman
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Just picking up this book, I couldn’t imagine what was between its covers, but it intrigued me, and so glad I read it. You read the back of the book and find out that Jacob Miller is a widower with young children, and still mourning his wife. Also he travels to Pinecraft Florida, which I’ve heard of, with a lot of trepidation, and as it turns out it is good and bad that he is there.
Jacobs’s path crosses with Natalie Bennett, and Englisher and former circus performer, as she visits the hospital
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish
I first decided to review this book because it was an Amish book (which I love) placed in a non-Amish place: Florida (which I also love!). I thought it would be interesting to read about how the Amish people interacted outside of their communities.

I didn’t know there was a large Mennonite and Amish population in Sarasota, Florida, so that captivated me. I also enjoyed reading about the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between the two groups of people. However, children from any religious bac
Ashley Steiner
May 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Knowing next to nothing about Amish and Mennonite culture myself, Lynette Sowell offers a unique glimpse into the day-to-day lives of various sects. What I appreciate about Sowell’s storytelling is she presents the religious dichotomies in a conversational and understandable manner, without sounding overly academic. I had no idea of the Pinecraft community’s existence, but thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Amish version of Las Vegas. I think A Season of Change will dispel certain stereotypes ...more
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Stranded at a Sarasota hospital at the bedside of his ailing daughter, Amish widower Jacob Miller is wary of his unfamiliar surroundings--including the strange curiosity of Englischer Natalie Bennett. Natalie, an aerial silks artist whose career in the circus ended before it began, has just uncovered a secret her mother kept hidden for years. Her mom--or rather, mamm--was once Amish.

A hundred questions suddenly surface. Why did Natalie's mother keep this secret for so long?
Maryann Skaritka
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jacob Miller is a young Amish widower with 2 little children, Rebecca and Zeke (Ezekiel). He takes a trip to Pinecraft, Florida to visit his grandparents.

Sweet little Rebecca suffers a broken leg in a car accident. At the hospital she meets Bubbles the Clown also known as Natalie Bennett. Natalie is a former circus aerial silks artist and a circus teacher.

Natalie befriends the Miller family and she sees their faith and also longs for the close family relationship they have.

Jacob and Natalie have
Ashley Dawn
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a good one. Natalie is a former circus performer who has recently learned her mother was born into an Amish family. Jacob's daughter is hit by a car and in the hospital. Natalie meets Jacob at the hospital where she is dressed as a clown. She wants to know more about her ancestors and is intrigued by Jacob. As the two of them become close, they realize how differently they live.
I had a little trouble getting into this book, but once I 'clicked' into it, I really enjoyed it. I liked Nata
If you're looking for a unique Amish story, look no further! Not only is the setting a little different than most, but a character who's a former circus performer is pretty rare for any type of book! I really liked the more relaxed atmosphere where there's a mix of English, Amish and Mennonite cultures. I found Natalie's life to be very interesting, from her job teaching at a circus school to her search for her Amish family. Jacob and Natalie have a reluctant relationship where they're drawn to ...more
Dec 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Mostly enjoyed but found quite unbelievable...

Amish Jacob Miller is a widower with two small children that goes to the winter Amish/Mennonite resort town of Pinecraft, Florida. So far...okay.

But then, after an auto/pedestrian accident that involves his seven year-old daughter, Jacob and his family meet former aerial silks circus performer (and non-Amish) Natalie Bennett and sparks fly. I can't imagine an odder pairing.

I loved all the Amish and Mennonite details included in the story and liked re
Patty LeBlanc
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The aspects of this story were really two things I would have never thought of together, which makes for a very interesting book. I really enjoyed the storyline and the characters. Jacob Miller is an Amish man who is taking care of his daughter in the hospital in a town where he is visiting family. Her injuries result in him having to stay longer than anticipated. During his time there he meets Natalie, who grew up working in the circus with aerial silks. They develop a friendship that is easy. ...more
Jess F. (From Me to You ... Book Reviews)
"5 out of 5 stars!! This engaging novel will win you over with it's compelling story, about what your faith really means to you and what you're willing to change about yourself or possibly give up so you can openly love the person your falling for. I really liked how this novel gives you a different look into Amish romance while being as accurate, as can be, about some of the struggles that the Amish have to deal with if they happen to fall in love with someone not of their religion."

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Lynette Sowell is an award-winning author with New England roots, but she makes her home on the doorstep of the Texas Hill Country with her husband and a herd of five cats. When she’s not writing, she edits medical reports and chases down stories for the local newspaper.

Other books in the series

Seasons in Pinecraft (3 books)
  • A Path Made Plain (Seasons in Pinecraft #2)
  • A Promise of Grace (Seasons in Pinecraft #3)