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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (282 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cindy Woodsmall Narrator: Stina Nielsen Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Amish Vines and Orchards Series Release Date:
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Old Order Amish Rhoda Byler’s unusual gift and her remarkable ability to grow herbs and berries have caused many to think her odd. As rumors mount that Rhoda’s gift is a detriment to the community, she chooses isolation, spending her time in her fruit garden and on her thriving canning business.

Miles away in Harvest Mills, Samuel King struggles to keep his family’s apple orchard profitable. As the eldest son, Samuel farms with his brothers, the irrepressible Jacob and brash Eli, while his longtime girlfriend Catherine remains hopeful that Samuel will marry her when he feels financially stable.

Meanwhile, Samuel’s younger sister Leah is testing all the boundaries during her rumschpringe and finds herself far from home in Rhoda’s garden after a night of partying gone badly. But Leah’s poor choices serve as a bridge between Rhoda and the King family when a tragic mistake in the orchard leaves Samuel searching for solutions. Rhoda’s expertise in canning could be the answer, but she struggles with guilt over the tragic death of her sister and doesn’t trust herself outside her garden walls.

As the lines between business, love, and family begin to blur, can Rhoda finally open up to a new life? And what effect will this odd, amazing woman have on the entire King family?

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Becky Pinson | 2/20/2014

    " Absolutely loved this book! The different relationships, the questions, the secrets, each character "finding" him/herself.....great!!! Cindy Woodsmall weaves a great story and leaves it hanging at the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amada Chavez | 2/17/2014

    " Cindy Woodsmall is an excellent writer. I loved the characters especially spunky Rhoda and I can relate to Leah at times (not all the time, but at times). One thing that bothers me is that "Ya" is spelled wrong, in my opinion, (in all the Amish novels I've read "Jah" is the correct way of using the word) I have grown accustomed to Jah and prefer it, but I digress. A Season for Tending is little slow paced for my liking, but it holds enough secrets and mystery to keep me intrigued and reading. Rhoda's story is at times an angering one, but the King family will become very dear to your heart! In the beginning I wasn't sure I would like to continue with the series, but as I kept reading Cindy kept drawing me in with her humor and secretive tale. I now can tell you that I MUST look into the next book in the series and I will be recommending this book even though I felt I could not give it the full 5 stars. There where times when I thought I would lose interest, but you MUST keep reading. My biggest issues with A Season for Tending is the Pennsylvania Dutch terms and words that where, in my opinion, wrong, and the fact that it would have held my attention more if it where faster paced in the begging. Yet in the end the story picked up speed nicely and ended VERY VERY well! Over all a good read! I must compliment Kelly L. Howard what a wonderful cover designer she is. The cover for A Season for Tending is both beautiful and striking. The description of Rhoda Byler is reflected wonderfully in the photo of the girl portrayed on the cover. Excellent work! My songs for this book are: "In the Garden" by Shari Knapp, "Only a Mountain" Jason Castro (because God is always with you and Jesus will always guide you :) ), and (even though it's not a perfect fit) "Collide" by Howie Day Exodus 14:14 ~ASC "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amy | 2/15/2014

    " Oh my gosh I could not put this book down! It was amazing. Can not wait for the next one to come out in the spring and I am going to have to check out some of her others!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/4/2014

    " The problem I have with Cindy Woodsmall's books is the inability I have to put them down. I loved this book! The author has a knack for creating likable, real, flawed characters with real problems and obstacles to solving them. I can not wait for the next in the series! "

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