Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall

The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall is about Sylvia Fisher who at the beginning of the book has just had her fiance dump her for her sister.  Sylvia has always helping in the running of her father's dairy farm and to help deal with the feelings of rejection she has decided to leave the family farm and go away to work for another farmer who had placed an ad for work in the paper.  This is a big decision for Sylvia both financially, (she stands to lose her inheritance as well as her life savings) as well as she needs her father's blessing to avoid being shunned.  Sylvia pours herself into trying to revive a poorly run farm and get it back on its feet.  To further complicate matters Aaron Blank the alcoholic only son of the farmer returns after spending time in rehab with the plan to move his parents to an easier lifestyle in town.  His plan is to sell the farm and buy a business in town.
The Harvest of Grace is the third of the Ada House series.  I wished that I had read the first two books as they were probably just as good as this one and I would have more easily followed the story line but even so Cindy Woodsmall has a little 1 1/2 page catch up telling the previous story so far.  This is a delightfully well written book of life in one Amish family.  These people have the same problems as in any family but are solving them following the rulings of the Amish church to which they belong.  I loved this book and I would suggest this as good reading for any age. 

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