A Season for Tending is about an Amish girl, Rhoda, who has a love for gardening and canning and who has an intuition that has the town in an uproar. One day, Rhoda finds an Amish girl in her garden. This relationship blossoms into journeying to an apple orchard-where relationships are tested, some are ended, and others are started.
The Amish rumspringa is a time when the young Amish "experience the world." This is played out in the story through bad choices and past memories. Cindy Woodsmall's knowledge of the Amish shows throughout this story. One of my favorite quotes in this story is, "Pretty is what God does in the hearts and minds of people who are a mess-whether outwardly or inwardly or both." I think this is a great reminder that each one of us are a mess and it is because of Christ and God's grace that we are able to be "pretty" and accepted by God.
I really enjoyed reading A Season for Tending. It is full of emotion and I went on a wild journey as I felt the struggles and hurt of the characters. I liked how Cindy used the examples of the Amish rumspringa because it shows how many youth (Amish or not) want to escape the ways they were raised and get to experience the world. It showed the consequences of playing around with sin and the messes it can cause. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series, The Winnowing Season.