The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Series: Ada’s House(Book 3)
Goodreads Summery: 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.
Sylvia loves to be a dairy farmer but being a girl and being Amish make it harder. Being the oldest of all girls with no brothers her father has let her run the herd but not have a lot of say in the farming otherwise. She is also head over heals for a young Amish man but when he asks for her hand she hesitates and he ends up marring someone else. A few years later she has a shameful incident with him and leaves the family farm and heads to the Blanks. They are an older couple who’s daughter has died a year ago and a Son who is off at rehab for drinking. She soon becomes like a daughter to them and she falls in love with the farm. But things change when the son Aaron comes home. He hopes to convince his parents to sell the farm and move with him to town. In order for this to happen Aaron and Sylvia have to work together and they soon find themselves attracted to each other. Will there different goals keep them from each other or will they find that their goals are not as different as they thought?
This is the third book in the series and I have not read the first two. Because I have not read the first two I did not know the back stories or how the characters where related/associated. So it took me a little longer to get into the book but once I knew who was who I really liked it. Not only does the book tell the story of the main characters it continues to tell the stories of the characters from the first two books as well. Once I got a basic idea of the back story I found myself having trouble putting the book down. It was refreshing to see a woman in a Amish book being so involved in the farm other then being in the house and cooking etc. Sylvia came to the Blank’s farm down and out but Aaron soon saw past her defenses and helped her to find herself again. While doing that we also see the characters from the first books finishing their stories as well. The final few pages reveals all the out comes and even though it was sad to see the book end I felt the story was finished. Not all series does a good job of that but this book did. At some point I hope to go back and read the first two books of the series because I am very interested in those stories and have a lot of questions! Over all a great book but I would recommend reading them in order otherwise it will be a little harder to understand everything going on in this book.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers, to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.