Seasons of Tomorrow (Amish Vines and Orchards, book 4) by Cindy Woodsmall
What it’s about: Rhoda Byler is now comfortable in her Amish faith and has a wonderful supportive boyfriend. But things for Leah King are anything but comfortable as she searches to find her way in an Amish family and community while being in love with an Englischer. A horrible situation turns the lives of all involved in the Orchard Bend Amish community upside down and questioning their faith, but it does bring the estranged King brother home. Time, faith, grace and love starts to heal many hearts and hurts…. But is it all enough with all that they have gone through?
My thoughts: Cindy Woodsmall never fails to grab my heart and touch my soul and Seasons of Tomorrow is no exception. It made me stop in a few places and lay my heart out at God’s feet, so I have to love a book that brings me closer to God. I did think it was both rushed and drug out though, so that is why I liked it, but didn’t love it completely. It is definitely worth the read and I’m so glad I read it, but this story seemed rushed in that it wrapped up so many issues from the previous three books that it just wrapped up too quickly after so many issues being drug out through three novels. A few of issues that kept re-happening in each novel of the series were a but drug out for my taste, but I do understand that those are probably very real issues in the Amish community. I love imperfect characters that Cindy uses so they are relatable and fun. So all in all…. I really did enjoy this book and series and the message of God’s unfailing love and grace.
I rate Seasons of Tomorrow 4 out of 5 stars.
I received this book in exchange for my honest review, which I have provided above.
About the author:
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times, CBA, ECPA, and USA Today best-selling author who has written a dozen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal,and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as the one of the top three most popular authors of Amish fiction.
She’s a veteran homeschool mom who no longer holds that position. As her children progressed in age, her desire to write grew stronger. After working through reservations whether this desire was something she should pursue, she began her writing journey. Her husband was her staunchest supporter as she aimed for what seemed impossible.
She’s won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer’s Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings’ Best Books of the Year. She’s been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.
Her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity. Though she didn’t realize it at the time, seeds were sown years ago that began preparing Cindy to write these books. At the age of ten, while living in the dairy country of Maryland, she became best friends with Luann, a Plain Mennonite girl. Luann, like all the females in her family, wore the prayer Kapp and cape dresses. Her parents didn’t allow television or radios, and many other modern conveniences were frowned upon. During the numerous times Luann came to Cindy’s house to spend the night, her rules came with her and the two were careful to obey them–afraid that if they didn’t, the adults would end their friendship. Although the rules were much easier to keep when they spent the night at Luann’s because her family didn’t own any of the forbidden items, both sets of parents were uncomfortable with the relationship and a small infraction of any kind would have been enough reason for the parents to end the relationship. While navigating around the adults’ disapproval and the obstacles in each other’s lifestyle, the two girls bonded in true friendship that lasted into their teen years, until Cindy’s family moved to another region of the US.
As an adult, Cindy became friends with a wonderful Old Order Amish family who opened their home to her. Although the two women, Miriam and Cindy, live seven hundred miles apart geographically, and a century apart by customs, when they come together they never lack for commonality, laughter, and dreams of what only God can accomplish through His children. Over the years Cindy has continued to make wonderful friendships with those inside the Amish and Mennonite communities–from the most conservative ones to the most liberal.
Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now empty nest.