Working hard to develop a new Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is fully committed to rehabilitating an orchard with business partner Samuel King. But an impulsive decision has created an unexpected strain in her relationship with her beau, Samuel’s brother, Jacob, threatening plans for the orchard. Amidst mounting tension in matters of the heart and business, Rhoda finds that this fledging settlement feels like the home she has always longed for, and she begins to embrace the God-given, heightened intuition that has always felt like a burden to her. She longs for Jacob to fully be free of his past, so they can work towards the future together.
But as Rhoda uses her gift to unpack an old secret with her Englisch neighbors, it is not her beau but an unlikely ally that cheers her on. With the orchard on shaky ground and Jacob’s plans in question, Rhoda is determined to see things through to harvest. But can she trust her insight to direct her path in matters of the heart?
As a consequence of the events in The Winnowing Season, Rhoda has moved out of her fledgling Amish community and now lives with her Englisch neighbors. Her boyfriend Jacob, meanwhile, is still involved in clearing up his past and is often either away from home or assisting a woman and her daughter from that past. He also resents the time Rhoda spends with Samuel who is her business partner and his brother. Rhoda is trying to hang on to both relationships, but the situation will surely explode.
In my review of the previous book, I said I didn’t like Jacob. That view hasn’t changed. He plots, he schemes, his priorities are misplaced, he’s selfish, he’s hypocritical, and he isn’t exactly open with Rhoda. At times, I wanted to bop Rhoda on the head in an attempt to make her see sense regarding her relationship with him. I wanted to tell her to leave Jacob, not necessarily for someone else, but because of his behavior. In the meantime, Leah is still deciding whether or not she wants to stay Amish and is examining both the pros and cons of both Englisch and Amish ways of life. Into the mix comes Iva, a young Amish woman from Indiana, in need of a job and straddling the fence between both worlds.
For Every Season is, in my opinion, a better book than The Winnowing Season. Thankfully, the supernatural elements are toned down, although I still maintain the novel doesn’t need this subplot. However, I had believed this title would be the last in the Amish Vines and Orchards series. This is probably because Woodsmall’s other series have been trilogies. So I was a little disappointed when it became apparent that storylines weren’t being wrapped up. It turns out that there will be a fourth book, called Seasons of Tomorrow, which is scheduled for release in April 2014.
Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah for my free copy of For Every Season, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Waterbook Press
Publication Date: 20 August 2013
Page Count: 336