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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: September 2012 ISBN: 9781470328368
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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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Withers | 1/18/2014

    " I've read a lot of Amish fiction, and this is one of the better ones. I enjoyed meeting all of the main characters and grew to like them as the book progressed. The main character is Rhoda, who has two talents: an unusual intuitive spirit and a green thumb. Then there is the King family with their apple orchard. You will read a bit before learning the connection between two seemingly different stories. I was a bit concerned about the reactions of some of Rhoda's neighbors and those in the community to her intuitive talent - I had to check to see that the setting was a modern one, because the superstitions sounded like something you wouldn't encounter this day and age - but don't let that detract you from a good story. The book does just end, so if you are a reader who likes to know immediately what is going to happen, you might hold off until the next book in the series comes out. I learned something about growing apples organically also; I enjoy learning new things, an added bonus when a book is as enjoyable as this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi | 12/15/2013

    " Cindy Woodsmall should win multiple awards for this novel! If she doesn't there is something wrong with the judges. It is a must read, even if you are not a fan of Amish fiction. The twists and turns in the plot will keep you captivated from beginning to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 9/27/2013

    " I really liked this first book of the series. The unique characters exploring the blessings and hardships of life makes this a very compelling story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki Mohr | 9/25/2013

    " I liked this story because it wasn't overly Amish (spouting their religion) She let the characters live. You could visualize these things happening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwen | 9/22/2013

    " Excellent story. I even shed a few tears. That doesn't happen often. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 7/10/2013

    " looking forward tot he rest of the series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 6/6/2013

    " Excellent. People with problems forgive and work together to solve more problems. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally Goodwin | 5/10/2013

    " I loved this book. Such genuine characters. This story of the present day Amish was one I won't forget. I am looking forward to the continuation of the story when book # 2 comes out in the spring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 3/29/2013

    " I've read everything Cindy Woodsmall has written and lived all her books. I enjoyed this one just as much; couldn't put it down near the end. Can't wait for the 2nd book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maribeth Ignatowicz | 3/24/2013

    " This book started off slow but it becomes addicting quick! The budding love triangle between Rhoda and the King brothers draws the reader in and keeps the reader wanting more. The several subplots also catch and keep your attention and it ends perfectly...wanting the 2nd book of the series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 1/25/2013

    " Great book. I love to garden and have an herb garden. I also can so this book was right up my alley. I was canning applesauce at the time I read the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 1/3/2013

    " I really enjoyed this story. I am anxious for the next one to come out so I can continue the story. Good characters. "

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About the Author
Author Cindy Woodsmall

Cindy Woodsmall is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sisters of the Quilt series including the books When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and When the Soul Mends. Her ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters comes from her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families. A mother of three sons and one daughter-in-law, Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty years.

About the Narrator

Stina Nielsen is an actress and audiobook narrator. Her reading of Kevin Henke’s Junonia earned her a 2011 Best Voice from AudioFile magazine. She is the winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards.