Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall is a fictional novel about young Amish community members and their relationships. It is part of a series of novels by Woodsmall called Ada's House and all the books follow many of the same characters. The Harvest of Grace introduces a few new characters to the community and tells their stories, as well as the continuing stories of the men and women from the other books. This particular book is mainly about a woman named Sylvia who is struggling with her past and hoping to make her future mean something to her, and Aaron, a man fresh from an Amish alcohol rehab center. The lives of these two people intertwine with each other and various other members of the community.
I really enjoyed this book! This is the second Amish fiction novel I have read and I am very interested in learning all I can about a lifestyle so different from mine. This book reads like an Amish soap opera with twists and scandal, as well as love and learning. I recommend this to any woman interested in learning about a different culture, any woman who has a strong faith, and any woman who loves a good romance. This is truly a feel-good novel without all the fripperies of modern society. This book is a breath of fresh air and makes one really appreciate everything life and God has to offer. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.