In The Harvest of Grace, you’ll be introduced to two unique characters ~ Sylvia Fischer who is reeling from an unexpected betrayal, is someone who recognizes that most Old Order Amish women her age spend their hours managing a household and raising babies. Sylvia has just one focus—tending and nurturing the herd on her family’s dairy farm. But when a dangerous connection with an old beau forces her to move far from home, she decides to concentrate on a new start and pour her energy into reviving another family’s debt-ridden farm. Aaron Blank returns home to sell his Daed’s failing farm and move his parents into an easier lifestyle. Two things stand in his way: the father who stubbornly refuses to recognize that Aaron has changed and the determined new farmhand his parents love like a daughter. Her influence on Aaron’s parents could ruin his plans to escape the burdens of farming and build a new life. Can Aaron and Sylvia find common ground? Or will their unflinching efforts toward opposite goals blur the bigger picture— a path to forgiveness, glimpses of grace, and the promise of love.
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About the Author: Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author who has written six novels, three novellas, and Plain Wisdom, a work of nonfiction coauthored with her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud. She’s been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. She is also 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, and was 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. Want to know more about Cindy Woodsmall? Then check out her website.
My Thoughts on the Book: I have to say that this book by far exceeded my expectations!! I love reading Cindy Woodsmall and always expect her books to be good, but this one was great! From the moment I began reading the book and its characters drug me in and I could not put it down until I finished it. This particular story is full of twists and turns that you just don't expect in the average Amish novel. Not all is well in Camelot and you find romance gone bad, a single woman kissing a married man, an Amish man in rehab because of alcoholism, all topics one normally does not associate with the Amish or Mennonite world. Even though this was the third book in a series it stands alone and there is a wonderful refresher course in the beginning. If you are a lover of Amish reads then this one is definitely for you!
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group’ Blogging for Books program for this review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.