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Question of the week is:  What book are you reading right now and what do you think of it?
 
 
I’m currently reading The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere and Treasuring Emma by Kathleen Fuller.  I like both pretty well.  I’m partial to Amish Fiction, so I read a lot of that.
 
 
 

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Tamara Alexander’s new book

To Whisper Her Name (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel)

Picture from Amazon.com

Check out vignettes of Tamara’s new book–To Whisper Her Name.  It is the second book in the Belle Meade Plantation Series and if it is anything like the first It will be great.  Click to link below to check out the vignettes.  

http://www.tameraalexander.com/bellemeadeplantationnovels.html

You can preorder this book on Amazon for a discounted price of $4.99.  Check it out.

http://www.amazon.com/Whisper-Belle-Meade-Plantation-Novel/dp/0310291062/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347364238&sr=8-1&keywords=tamara+alexander

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop:  The book series I never want to end is…

Book Blogger Hop
 
 
 
 
 
The series I never want to see end is the Bed and Breakfast cozy mystery series by Mary Daheim.  I love Judith and Renie and hope they keep solving crimes for a long time to come.  I was also disappointed to see the Kauffman Amish Baker Series by Amy Clipston come to an end.

This entry was posted on September 10, 2012. 2 Comments

Review of Cindy Woodsmall’s A Season of Tending

Product Details Picture and Synopsis from Amazon.com

Synopsis:

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?

My Review:

I got an Advanced Reader Copy from Blogging for Books.
I absolutely loved this book.  It  is the best book I’ve read by Cindy Woodsmall.  It kept my attention from the start.  It didn’t start out slow, like some books, but was enthralling throughout. 

Rhoda was a very likable character.  Cindy made you really feel Rhoda’s stuggles.  She was accused of things that weren’t true and suffered for those accusations.  She got through those stuggles courageously and with integrity. 

When I first meet Leah from the King family, I didn’t like her, but her character got stronger as the story went on and she redeemed herself.  The rest of the King family was also very likable.  Samuel trys to do what is best for the family orchard.  His brother Jacob has secrets of his own that he has yet to really rsolve as the story comes to a close.  Eli was a minor character, but hopefully we’ll hear more about him in coming books.  Samuel’s girlfriend, Catherine, is a character I didn’t care for, but with Cindy’s writing style, I still had empathy for her.

These characters face many obstacles and challenges as they try to do what is best to make a good living for themselves.  Rhoda sometimes feels that the troubles are fault, but as you come to find out, as is with everything in life and in books, GOD has a perfect plan for everything.

The dialogue and comentary in this book are great.  The plot is realistic.  I cannot wait for the next book in this series to come out.  Cindy Woodsmalll I think you did a very excellent job with this story.  Thank you very much.  These characters will stay with me for a long time to come.

For more info on this book:

http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?work=208962

Also visit the Author’s website:

http://www.cindywoodsmall.com/

Author Bio:

http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=72213

Read an excerpt:

A Season for Tending by Cindy Woodsmall (Chapter 1 Excerpt)

Welcome to Follow for Follow Friday!

The question for this week is:  What book are you currently reading and what do you think of it?

I’m currently reading a Season of Tending by Cindy Woodsmall and so far I really like it.  It has kept my attention pretty well.

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To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

    • (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
    • (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
    • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
    • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
    • If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
    • Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
    • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
    • If you’re new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

This entry was posted on September 7, 2012. 2 Comments