Seasons of Tomorrow, by Cindy Woodsmall

book coverPublisher’s Summary:

As love restores Rhoda, a sudden tragedy is the test of faith she never saw coming.

More settled in her heart than ever before, Rhoda Byler feels a newfound confidence living in the Old Order Amish settlement she helped establish in Orchard Bend, Maine. Time has helped to heal the wounds of Rhoda’s recent severed relationship, and she finds that even her unusual gift of profound intuition is less of a burden as she continues to seek God’s wisdom for her future. She is happy to be working alongside the King family and the love of her life as they tend and nurture the settlement’s orchard.

Yet when Leah King’s involvement with Englischer Landon Olson becomes known outside of the Maine community, her disregard of the Ordnung could threaten all the Orchard Bend Amish are building. In the midst of addressing the discord, a shocking tragedy challenges the young settlement like never before, threatening to uproot Rhoda’s peace and the future of everything she holds dear.

When several members of Orchard Bend Farms are displaced, the estranged King brother is called upon to return. Can those who founded the new Amish community in Maine unite or will the lingering pain of past hurts and present struggles result in the end of their dreams?

My Take:

This is the fourth book in the Amish Vines and Orchards series, which I initially thought would be a trilogy. I can confirm that this is definitely the final book. All loose ends are tied up and there’s even an epilogue. It’s been two years since the Maine settlement was created and everyone is settling into their roles at Orchard Bend Farms. The community is also growing, which means there’s additional help available. Word of their activity is spreading back home, and Samuel’s father arrives with warnings and an ultimatum which could affect everyone.

The supernatural element continues to remain a major part of the story. Rhonda has received information regarding an Englisch neighbor’s family. Although I still feel that this story line was unnecessary, I didn’t care for how Samuel’s father reacted to her ‘visions.’ When he began screaming about witchcraft I was transported back to Salem in the late 17th century. He might have made a good witness for the prosecution.

I found the most interesting storyline was that concerning Jacob. I’ve never been a fan of his, but it appeared he was finally growing up. His story mostly took place away from the community as he looked to find his place in the world. He was able to reconnect with his family and was much more open with them. He was definitely more likeable.

Finally, in case you were wondering… of course there are happy endings. Would you expect otherwise?

Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah for my complimentary copy of Seasons of Tomorrow, which I received in exchange for an honest review.

Have you read Seasons of Tomorrow? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.

Read an excerpt from Seasons of Tomorrow

Publisher: Waterbrook Press

Publication Date: 15 April 2014

Page Count: 336

Read more on:   Cindy Woodsmall’s Website   Waterbrook Multnomah’s Website

Purchase on:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Christianbook.com

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