“The Winnowing Season” by Cindy Woodsmall, book review, Amish Vines and Orchards, book #2
Rhoda, Samuel and Jacob are the owners and operators of Kings’ Orchard, but when a tornado devastates the apple orchard, they decide to move to Maine and start over. With the help of the English friend, Landon, they buy an abandoned apple orchard with the hope of starting a new Amish community. They are all really counting on this move to be the beginning, a fresh start. But they are plagued with past problems even before they leave. Rhoda is brought before the Amish elders to answer claims that she was wronged by the destruction of her herb garden. Jacob gets a frantic call from an English friend who needs help. And Samuel just tries to keep the family together.
The story continues with the struggles of moving, made a little more challenging by being the first Amish in the new area, so folks are not used to how they live. Each works for the better of the family and the hopes that the new community will soon attract more Amish families. The book definietly is open about the differences between Amish and English and the struggles for both sides.
I was a bit overwhelmed by all the time spent in the beginning with the dispute between Rhoda and an Amish neighbor who destroyed her garden, and the way the church leaders handled the meeting. While I am not Amish, so I do not understand all their rules and laws, the way the meeting was described, it did not seem fair the all parties involved. But overall, I did enjoy the story and will look forward to reading the next in the series.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, Waterbrook Press. All opinions expressed are my own.