Left hanging....

Diane Estrella

3 Stars

October 23, 2012

My 12-year old daughter’s thoughts: This is an excellent book, and I enjoyed it very much. I feel Cindy Woodsmall has really captured the characters’ feelings and emotions throughout the book.

I read the first chapter and found myself unable to put the book down. I just could not wait to find out what happened to Rhoda, Leah, and Samuel. This has been one of the best books Cindy Woodsmall has written yet. I can not wait for the next book in the series!

A Season For Tending will be a great book for all you Amish-lovers out there.

My thoughts: The author is a wonderful storyteller and the book was fast moving with lots of twists and turns in it. I was disappointed to know that the story was not even close to being resolved at the end of this book. I usually like there to be some closure but there were a lot of loose ends for book two in the series to tie up.

I was a little taken aback by the amount of worldliness that had infiltrated into this Amish community. I guess part of me was interested that the Amish portrayed in this story were not perfect and holy in every way, as is easy to assume of this group of people. Just like anyone, anywhere, we all make mistakes and fall short of Godly perfection, however, I felt like there were excessive slantings towards these negative behaviors. Maybe in the next books, the author will show these characters the error of their ways and I’m sure all will end well, but it just wasn’t my favorite portrayal of the Amish people.

I know that this author is a favorite of many readers and I have read two novelettes of hers and they were both short and sweet and I did enjoy them. The story itself was solid, but I just had little nigglings that it was not a preferred reading for me. I’m sure many have and many will continue to delight in this story, just not me.