The Winnowing Season by Cindy Woodsmall is the second book in the "Amish Vines and Orchards" series. I thought it was better than the first book, and it didn't have as much "knowing" nonsense. Like I said with the first book, it seemed more like she had really good intuition and could analyze people very quickly and accurately by reading their face. But I deviate...
Rhoda Byler is excited to start over in a new settlement in Maine even though it will be really hard work, but on the eve of their departure Samuel tells her that her district has summoned her to a meeting about what happened to her fruit garden months ago. She is furious that Samuel disregarded her wishes to not saying anything about it, but she has no choice but to go or risk everybody's dreams of a new life. Her boyfriend, Jacob King, assures her that he will stand with her at the meeting so she will have some support, but that was before Jacob received a call from someone in his past. Sandra . She is a friend from when he lived among the Englisch, and she needs his help immediately. So reluctantly, he leaves.
Rhoda is dismayed, but Samuel helps out at the meeting instead, and they are safe to leave for Maine in the morning. Once they arrive things go from bad to worse with Jacob. He has to keep leaving when Rhoda needs him the most. Will their relationship survive?
On the other hand, Samuel has been there for Rhoda, but he is also fighting feelings for her. He is very close to Jacob and doesn't want to lose him. But he is very angry at Jacob for continually leaving Rhoda in the lurch. Will he be able to hold his feelings in so nobody will get hurt?
I really enjoyed this book. It's well written, and it has me dying to know how the author will resolve all the issues! I can't wait for the third and final book!
I was given this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publisher's in exchange for an honest review. I am not required to give a positive review.