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About A Season for Tending

In a community where conformity flourishes, seeds of Rhoda’s odd behavior were planted long ago. Can she cultivate her relationships with the same care and tenderness that she gives her beloved garden?
 
Old Order Amish Rhoda Byler’s unusual gift and her remarkable abilities 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?

About Cindy Woodsmall

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author of numerous works of fiction and one of nonfiction. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured widely in national media. She lives in the Foothills of the North Georgia Mountains with her family.

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Product Details

352 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Sep 18, 2012

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 24

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In a community where conformity flourishes, seeds of Rhoda’s odd behavior were planted long ago. Can she cultivate her relationships with the same care and tenderness that she gives her beloved garden? Click here to download an excerpt from A Season for Tending. Rebuffed by her Old Amish Order community due to her unexplained “gifts,” intuitive Rhoda Byler prefers to be in her garden—alone. But when circumstances introduce her to apple-grower Samuel King, life begins to open up unexpectedly. Can Rhoda escape the guilt and stigma she’s carried for so long and really start over? Click here to download an excerpt from A Season for Tending.

By Brandy Myers

Cindy Woodsmall is not a new author to my nightstand by any means. She is a leader in Amish fiction and I am glad to have come across her writing several years ago. In Season For Tending we meet Rhoda who has a passion for making things grow but because her "intuitions" she is often avoided in her local community and even a target for harassment. We also meet the King family and their prize orchard which is having a few rough years. ...

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By Kristen Schmidt

"God used the oddest situations to line people up and gt them involved in each other's lives" (Woodsmall 297). The journey the characters in Cindy Woodsmall's book A Season for Tending Amish Vines and Orchards, Book 1 is sometimes as gnarled as an old abandon apple tree left to face the elements and storms and survive the best it can. And the journey is sometimes as beautiful as that same apple tree cared for and fed so that it's full of...

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By Lauren Miller

A Season for Tending is the first book in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series by Cindy Woodsmall. The book introduces the reader to many interesting characters including Rhoda Byler, Samuel King, and Samuel's young sister Leah. Rhoda is most herself when she's tending to her herbs and berries and helping those in need. Rhoda must deal with rumors being spread about her due to her premonitions about trouble and her healing through herbs from...

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By J. C. Morrows

When I started reading this book, I wasn't sure I liked it. Reading the synopsis on the back, I figured I would love it. It sounded like my kind of story but . . . I figured it for another book written by someone who was trying to make us believe that the Amish talk and act about the same as we do. I'm still reserving judgement on some of those opinions but I no longer care whether that is true or not of this book because... " I LOVE...

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By Dawn Nichols

"A Season for Tending" by Cindy Woodsmall is the first book in the "Amish Vines and Orchards" series and once you read this one, you will probably want to read the entire series. Here is a quick summary from the publisher: "Old Order Amish Rhoda Byler's unusual gift and her remarkable abilities 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...

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