Friday, August 26, 2011

The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall

Book Blurb:

Reeling from an unexpected betrayal, can Sylvia find relief from the echoes of her past…or will they shape her future forever?

Although Sylvia Fisher recognizes that most Old Order Amish women her age spend their hours managing a household and raising babies, she 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.

After months in rehab, 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.

My Review:

 don’t believe I am ready to leave Ada’s House and all the characters I have met along the way!! I love reading about all these old friends and some brand new ones and I am not ready to bid them good-bye!!

The Harvest of Grace is book three in the Ada’s House Series and by far my favorite, mostly because it finalizes all the other stories of the characters from book one and book two in this series and we are left feeling satisfied and overjoyed!! I highly recommend not reading book three unless you’ve read the other two books in the series, it just wouldn’t be the same without knowing the stories behind the other characters.

The Harvest of Grace seems to be centered primarily on accepting God’s forgiveness and lending out Grace and forgiveness to those in our lives that may have hurt us in the past. The new character we meet in The Harvest of Grace is Sylvia Fisher; she has left her Dead’s farm to become the main helper on the farm of the Banks. The Banks are Gray’s in-laws from book 2 of this series, who have lost a daughter, and their son Aaron had left to get help for an addiction. Sylvia becomes the main help around the Bank farm and soon wins her way in the heart of the Bank family as well. When Aaron comes home and finds Sylvia in his life he is compelled to figure out who she is and why she ran away from her family.

Thankfully we also get hear about Cara and Ephraim and all that they are going through in hopes that Cara will be accepting into the faith and they will let her marry Ephraim. They face some major obstacles when Cara’s dad appears in the picture suddenly and she has to deal with forgiveness.

Then there is the sweet story of Lena and Grey. These two have been one of my favorite characters, their romance is so sweet and I just love watching them work through problems with Grace and Love!
We also get to hear more about Deborah and Jonathan and Ada and Isreal. There are conclusion stories to all of the best characters in the Ada’s House series and I loved every tidbit.

Like I’ve said before, one of my favorite things about Cindy Woodsmall’s writing is her ability to capture your heart with her characters. I felt like I lived right there in Dry Lake and was friends with the entire group”. I was invested in their lives and felt like I was feeling all the emotions along with them.

I highly recommend reading the Ada’s House Series and especially The Harvest of Grace. You will not be disappointed. There is an opportunity to grow spiritually, to laugh, to cry and to connect with characters you won’t soon forget!!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
About Cindy Woodsmall:

Cindy Woodsmall is a veteran homeschool mom. 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.

Her first novel released in 2006 to much acclaim and became a Christian Book Association best seller. Cindy was a 2007 ECPA Christian Book Award finalist, along with Karen Kingsbury, Angela Hunt, and Charles Martin.

Her lastest book, When the Morning Comes, hit the New York Times best-sellers extended list and the Christian Book Association best-sellers list.

Cindy’s real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity.

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