The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall

 

This is the 3rd book in the Ada House Series.   I have read the first one but have not read the 2nd one.   At the beginning of the book it had a short synopsis of the first two books.   It was perfect and just right to let give me an idea about what happened in the 2nd book without giving too much information!  I really appreciated the author including this.  I didn’t’ feel left out at all!  I can also go back and read the second book and not feel I did so out of line.

Sylvia Fischer isn’t the norm for a housekeeping, sewing, cooking Amish woman. She shows great skill in helping her father manage the family dairy. She is content to care for the cattle and be with her beloved family.  The surprising unfaithfulness of her beau and her continued attraction to him drives her away from her family.  She does the unusual for a young Amish woman and finds a job many miles away from her home helping an elderly couple revive their failing dairy farm.   Her new life seems perfect until their prodigal son returns home from an alcohol rehab with plans to sale the farm and move his parents to town with him.   

Aaron Blank’s homecoming stirs many conflicts for the family and Sylvia. There were points in the story where it appeared there could be no resolution to the problems.  Ms. Woodsmall beautifully illustrates it is always darkest before the dawn and that with God, all things are possible. Sometimes I saw myself in Sylvia and Aaron  when in periods of my life I became so focused on my plans that I had no room for God’s.  I felt their feeling of hopelessness and frustration that resisting God brings.  I was also reminded of how God’s plans are always better than the best plans we can imagine for ourselves. I found myself gripping the book tightly in suspense as it looked like all the progress the characters had made would be lost. 

This is a beautiful story of how God can work to soften the hardest hearts and right the worst misunderstandings with His grace and forgiveness.

Another outstanding book by Cindy Woodsmall!  This is a wonderful series and I hope there are more!

I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

 

 

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