The Harvest of Grace – Fills the Soul

Today I am reviewing The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall. This book was made available to me through Blogging For Books. I hope you enjoy the information and review of this book.

About the Book
The Harvest of Grace is the third and final book in Ada’s House. Come join us for the conclusion of this New York Times best-selling series as beloved characters from The Hope of Refuge and The Bridge of Peace continue to grow in their love and commitment to one another.

In The Harvest of Grace, you’ll be introduced to two unique characters ~

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.

About the Author
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author who has written six novels, three novellas, and Plain Wisdom, a work of nonfiction coauthored with her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud. She’s been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life.

She is also a veteran homeschool mom who no longer holds that position. 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.

Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband, three sons, two daughters-in-law, a new granddaughter, and a dog named Jersey who wants to dominate the world, starting with the Woodsmall household.

My Review
The Harvest of Grace is a delightful story filled with true life problems that could be present in any family of faith. Family betrayal and the struggle to fit in while pursuing her own dreams made Sylvia a very real person for me. She fought temptation and lost a battle. When she chose to flee from further temptation, she found the courage to stand on her own in a man’s world. However, could she ever learn to trust again?

I was also touched by Aaron’s story. It takes great courage not only to admit to a weakness or addiction, but to face those you have hurt in the process. For Aaron to return home and face his parents and the Amish community took real courage. Even though he had an ulterior motive, that of selling the dairy and farm, he went to work to improve things on the land and in his family relationships.

This was a well-written story with laughs and tears, ups and downs, and the coming together of many different story lines from the previous two books. I did not read the first two books, but it didn’t keep me from following their comings and goings. I know I would have felt more for those whose stories began in those books, so I would advise you read them first if you have the opportunity.

This book was a clean read with a great story. I appreciated the tenderness and frankness of Ms. Woodsmall’s handling of the subject of alcoholism within a faith community. It isn’t easy to admit to that kind of problem in a close-knit community. This is a book I can highly recommend to any and all readers, even the young teens.