The Winnowing Season
Marijuana, Ponzi schemes and lawsuits are not things you’d usually expect to appear in Amish fiction, but Cindy Woodsmall has found a way to include them in the latest installment of the Amish Vines and Orchards, The Winnowing Season. In this novel we pick up the story of Rhoda Byler and the King brothers as they move north to Maine to revitalize an overgrown, foreclosed upon orchard. As they are about to embark on their journey, Jacob King’s past catches up with him and he disappears for a while. Despite his absence, Rhoda remains devoted to him, but it causes extra stresses on those who are still trying to get the orchard up and running, especially Rhoda and Samuel King. To make matters worse, Rhoda soon finds herself in the middle of a drug investigation after someone claims she provided them with marijuana. There’s also the issue of Rhoda’s premonitions and the fact that she regularly sees and converses with her dead sister, Emma.
Cindy Woodsmall has once again created a wonderful story with intriguing story lines and lovable characters and she leaves the reader waiting on the edge of their seats for the next installment of the series. Even though I’m trying to wean myself off of Amish fiction (so I can have more time to read other things) I find myself drawn to Cindy’s books so that I can catch up with all the characters. I’m looking forward to the fall when the third book in the series is released!
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I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.