Sunday, November 13, 2011
Review: The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall
Genre: Christian Fiction
Source: Review copy from publisher
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.
This is book 3 in the Ada's House series, and I hadn't previously read the first two. Although I didn't feel lost or confusing having not read the first two, I think I would have enjoyed this more if I had. There were a lot of characters from the previous books, and I wasn't invested in them as much as I would have been had I read about them before.
The Harvest of Grace is not just about Sylvia and Aaron's story, although I do think theirs is the central story. Told in third person, each chapter rotates to a different characters point of view. I definitely like this style, as we get to see what both Sylvia and Aaron are thinking, as well as other characters in their community. I really enjoyed reading about the Amish lifestyle, and these kind of books always feel cozy to me. They're just nice, light, and sweet.
I would definitely recommend this to fans of Amish fiction, and pretty much any Christian fiction reader. I haven't read a book by Cindy Woodsmall that I haven't really liked, and will definitely be going back and reading the first two in the series.