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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. All three are wonderful but this book 3 seems to sum up some earlier things from the first books that were sort of left "hanging'. That being said - I highly suggest reading the first two books before reading this one. You will not be disappointed in any of them although this one was my favorite!
The Harvest of Grace's message is focused on it's title - Grace and forgiveness. Not just from God but with and for each other. Sylvia Fisher has left her family's dairy farm to work on the Bank's farm.
The Banks have lost a son who left to get help for his alcohol addiction - much to his father's embarrassment and anger. Sylvia soon becomes like a member of the family. When Aaron, their son, returns home to hopefully persuade his parents to sell the farm and move near him, he is suspicious of Sylvia - why did she leave her family, why is she so involved in his never mind that he has not been around , etc. He wants to know her "secret" and she does have one.
The reader is given more information about these characters and those things left "hanging" are reference in the first paragraph above are resolved. I do highly recommend this book as well as the first two books in the series - The Hope of Refuge and The Bridge of Peace. You will not be disappointed! I received this book free from Waterbrook Press but was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. One person found this helpful.
Aaron left his home after the death of his sister convinced him he needed help for his alcoholism.
While away, Sylvia Fisher has come to the Blank dairy farm to escape her own sorrow and guilt. Aaron returns to his family with big plans for their future, plans that will take away the safety that Sylvia has built by working and living on the Blank's farm. And while they both work hard to make the farm successful, their motives could not be more different. The Harvest of Grace is a wonderful novel of accepting and giving grace. More than one character is struggling with guilt and unforgiveness.
Woodsmall deftly weaves the grace of God throughout the story of ordinary people. And yes, I said ordinary, because while set in the Amish community, Woodsmall's story could be anyone's. Not only are they necessary to the story, they are wonderful books too. The opinions expressed are mine alone. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.
Cindy is an outstanding writer. She has the ability to capture grace, hope, trust and most of all reminds us of God's love for us. This author presents such a simplistic life style that almost makes one want to melt into it and leave our hectic lives. How hearetbreaking it had to be for Sylvia's family when she left the house to work on a near by farm to support herself. While romanticism is key in Cindy's series, the romantic scenes are handled very tastefully.
I especially like the number of people she brings into her stories. Makes one feel as though you actually know these people, personally. While each of the books in this trilogy can stand along, I wholeheartedly recommend you begin with Book 1, follow it with Book 2 and you won't be able to wait until you can download Book 3.
Now that I've finished these three I feel a little down, like I won't be "seeing" some friends for awhile. Can't wait until Cindy writes another trilogy series, perhaps on the children brought into this series with the first three books. These books are excellent reads, they convey a Christian message without being sanctimonius, are easy reads, provide thought provoking life experiences and are downright wonderful. What are you waiting for - download Book 1 and I promise you won't hesitate to read all three. These two have been one of my favorite characters, their romance is so sweet and I just love watching them work through problems with Grace and Love!
We also get to hear more about Deborah and Jonathan and Ada and Isreal. I was invested in their lives and felt like I was feeling all the emotions along with them. You will not be disappointed. I received this book free from Waterbrook Press. Nov 05, Kristin rated it it was amazing Shelves: If you've already been reading the other books by this author, you should be getting to know the community - this is something I truly enjoy about Cindy Woodsmall.
I love getting a glimpse of her characters in a book, even from outside of a series. I relished even the brief visit I got from Hannah from the "Sisters of the Quilt" trilogy, for example. In this installment we meet Sylvia Fisher, a strong headed Amish girl with a love for farming. When her boyfriend proposes, she hesitates. Rather than giving her some much needed time, he up and marries her sister leaving Sylvia heartbroken.
Due to awkward circumstances, she leaves her daed's farm and finds herself working for Michael Blank, which if you've read "A Bridge of Peace" you will recall is the father of Elsie and Aaron. While working to help the Blank's save their farm, she meets Aaron, a recovering alcoholic who is back from rehab and working hard to get his life straight and earn the respect of his father.
However, he feels as if his father sees only his faults and not how hard he is trying to earn his love. Sylvia and Aaron are like oil and water. They don't seem to go together, and yet they are drawn to one another. Sylvia has already had her heart broken once though, and she is determined to not let a man blindside her again. She looks for trouble where there is none. Likewise, Aaron doesn't share her love for farming and wishes to sell the family farm. Their story is about love and acceptance -- and most importantly, trusting in God's forgiveness so that we can forgive ourselves.
Being that this is the last book in the series, we see the conclusion to many of our beloved characters, from Grey and Lena to 'From and Cara. The conclusion to Cara's story was beautiful.
I was so touched by the powerful message of love and forgiveness that I had to brush away the tears. Cindy Woodsmall is one of the best writers in the Amish genre, her characters feel real and tug at the heartstrings and leaves you wishing for more. I can't wait to see who she introduces me to next! The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall ch. My comments and opinions are my own. Nov 05, Laura rated it really liked it. Elam plans for him and Sylvia to liv Title: But Sylvia balks, wanting to wait a bit.
She asks Elam for a few weeks to decide. Aaron Blank has been in rehab since due to his hateful crimes and drunkenness he basically murdered his own sister. The first thing Aaron does when he gets home is go out to the cabin on the property to board it up and get rid of his drunken friends who hang out there. But he is stunned to find a woman living there instead! She takes a job on the Blank farm, running their dairy business and beginning to turn a profit there. But Aaron and Sylvia are at odds. He wants to sell out—but his father refuses to believe that Aaron has changed and loves Sylvia as a daughter.
Will Aaron and Sylvia find common ground? The books are tied together with characters from different stories all having points of views and continuing bits in their stories, so readers will want to read the books in order to get the full story. If you like Amish fiction, then you want to read this series.
A glossary is included at the back of the book. I really didn't want these to end. Aug 24, Abbie rated it really liked it Shelves: Being the oldest of all girls with no brothers her father has let her run the herd but not have a lot of say in the farming otherwise. She is also head over heals for a young Amish man but when he asks for her hand she hesitates and he ends up marring someone else. A few years later she has a shameful incident with him and leaves the family farm and heads to the Blanks. She soon becomes like a daughter to them and she falls in love with the farm.
But things change when the son Aaron comes home. He hopes to convince his parents to sell the farm and move with him to town. In order for this to happen Aaron and Sylvia have to work together and they soon find themselves attracted to each other. Will there different goals keep them from each other or will they find that their goals are not as different as they thought? This is the third book in the series and I have not read the first two. So it took me a little longer to get into the book but once I knew who was who I really liked it.
Not only does the book tell the story of the main characters it continues to tell the stories of the characters from the first two books as well. Once I got a basic idea of the back story I found myself having trouble putting the book down. It was refreshing to see a woman in a Amish book being so involved in the farm other then being in the house and cooking etc. While doing that we also see the characters from the first books finishing their stories as well.
The final few pages reveals all the out comes and even though it was sad to see the book end I felt the story was finished. Not all series does a good job of that but this book did. At some point I hope to go back and read the first two books of the series because I am very interested in those stories and have a lot of questions! Over all a great book but I would recommend reading them in order otherwise it will be a little harder to understand everything going on in this book.
Oct 14, Kathleen Kat Smith rated it it was amazing Shelves: Picking up right where The Bridge of Peace left off, Cindy Woodsmall takes us once more back into the lives of the characters we have come to know and love to see where their lives are headed, in the latest novel, The Harvest of Grace. This is the third book in the Ada's House series and it feels nice to head back to the Amish farm lands once more. We find ourselves meeting a new friend, Sylvia Fisher, who is one of six daughters in her family and the one that has taken up working the family farm Picking up right where The Bridge of Peace left off, Cindy Woodsmall takes us once more back into the lives of the characters we have come to know and love to see where their lives are headed, in the latest novel, The Harvest of Grace.
We find ourselves meeting a new friend, Sylvia Fisher, who is one of six daughters in her family and the one that has taken up working the family farm with her Daed. She hasn't wanted to live the typical Amish girls life and has made improvements to the dairy farm that have been instrumental for helping them turn the farm around and even begin making a huge profit. So when Elam, the boy she has imagined marrying, proposes, she isn't sure why she hesitates and asks for a few weeks to consider the request. When she learns that because she asked for him to wait, he has asked her sister Beckie instead and they have agreed to marry instead.
Feeling the ultimate sense of betrayal, Sylvia feels she has no choice but to leave the farm. When she answers an ad in the newspaper to assist another dairy farmer in need, her family is beyond hurt and her Daed tells her she won't be able to have contact with any of her sisters any longer. Aaron Blank is the prodigal son who is returning to his fathers dairy farm after being in rehab to fight his alcoholism. Armed with a plan to convince his Daed and Mam to sell the farm and get out from under the mounting debt, he doesn't realize that he is about to come face to face with his newest challenge, Sylvia.
She believes she can turn the family dairy farm around, but Aaron already has his mind set on running an appliance shop in the town of Owl Perch, he only needs his father's signature to make the deal complete. Once again new characters are introduced to the ones we have come to love and adore from the previous two novels and truly see in this one, that God's grace is available to anyone, no matter what their circumstances are or how far they feel like they have stepped away. An unforgettable story of redemption and forgiveness found among the love of family and friends.
This one rates a 5 out of 5 stars! Aug 28, Loraine Alcorn rated it it was amazing. I was able to read this story through blogging for books , they sent me an advanced copy. Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall is a fabulous read and is really uplifting and teaching.
At first I was just a bit confused with it because of the many levels this book as. Being use to a story about one or two people I was surprised that this story has so may characters and story plots in it. You are not just getting one story about one girl and her troubles but rather a whole community of people. Trust I was able to read this story through blogging for books , they sent me an advanced copy.
Trust me its a very pleasant surprise. This really made me want to go back and read the stories that came before it because you fall in love with all the very real characters. This story starts out with a Amish girl named Sylvia, she has not yet officially joined the faith but continues to try and be a good member of her very large family. Sylvia falls in love with Elam but she is not ready yet to commit to marriage. Elam however takes her hesitation as a rebuff and betrayed her in a way that devastates her.
Sylvia needs to get away from the conflict in her family and agents the wishes of her father takes a job as a farm hand miles away from home. Aaron Blank has also come back to the farm but not with the idea to stay but to convince his parents that the farm will never earn money and is headed for disaster. Aaron also has his problems and is just out of rehab for a problem with alcohol.
Because of this his parents and him are estranged and he is not welcomed back. Aaron tries to convince his family and Sylvia that selling the farm is the only way to survive. Sylvia loves the farm but does not know how bad things really are. At first she resents Aaron than comes to care about him.
Interwoven in the story of Sylvia and Aaron are many other stories about the people from the previous Ada house novels. If you have net read any of these yet I would recomend starting with the first book The hope of refuge. The reason I say this is because all of the characters from the first 2 novels are very much present in this one and you will be able to enjoy the story more knowing the background of each of them and how their story is continued in this one.
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Bottom line is, this is a really great story that shows us the need to forgive those that hurt us and be able to forgive ourselves before we can expect to truly love anyone. Aug 27, Erin rated it it was amazing Shelves: I just love it when you can find a series that is good all the way from beginning to end. Three stories about three lovely and very unique young ladies, and the people who fill their lives.
Harvest of Grace introduces us to Sylvia, the oldest of 9 sisters. Although it was by necessity that she learned how to run her father's dairy farm, she truly has a deep passion for the land that will one day become her own. She wants to be a I just love it when you can find a series that is good all the way from beginning to end. She wants to be a farmer and a wife and mother Being the oldest in a large family myself, I could relate to Sylvia on a big sister level.
I know how hard and yet how fulfilling it is when you are the right hand man of your mom or dad. It's tough when there are disagreements and stressful when you share the responsibilities of your home and family yet you're still one of the kids. That's the lot of the oldest child. Sylvia is able to find a new home on the Blank farm. Deep in debt, with their only son most definitely not interested in inheriting the land, Michael and Dora are trying to keep their livelihood together.
Sylvia is a welcome and valuable edition into their lives. Aaron Blank returns to his parents' home with fresh dreams for life. A stint in rehabilitation has helped him with his alcohol addiction. He's ready to convince his parents to sell the dairy and move into town so he can take care of them while operating his new appliance shop. He is unprepared to find that he will not only have to fight his stubborn father but also the new hired help: A story of pain, dreams, and two hearts at cross-purposes.
I really enjoyed it and had a hard time putting it down. Their lives and loves still hold a prominent place as the plot ties up. I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own. This review originally appeared at http: Aug 26, Virginia Campbell rated it it was amazing Shelves: Women are daughters, mothers, wives and lovers.
They are amazing in their ability to nurture, negotiate, navigate, and neutralize.
They are masters at multi-tasking. When a woman steps off of the path she is expected to follow, and lets her inner compass guide her way, she may face great obstacles along her chosen course. Sylvia Fisher is such a woman. Born into a conservative Old Order Amish family of dairy farmers, Sylvia has an intuitive knack for the care and management of the herd on the fa Women are daughters, mothers, wives and lovers.
Born into a conservative Old Order Amish family of dairy farmers, Sylvia has an intuitive knack for the care and management of the herd on the farm. She has yet to join the faith, but as the oldest of nine daughters, she is responsible and respectful of her family's customs and beliefs. A stunning betrayal of the heart leaves Sylvia reeling and sends her away from her home to find work on another farm.
After spending months in rehab to fight an alcohol addiction, Aaron Blank is a man reborn. His goal is to make a life far away from his parents' farm, and he hopes to become the owner of a hardware store that caters to the Plain folk. He must convince his ailing father to sell the farm and move along with his mother into the new life that Aaron has envisioned for them all. However, the best laid plans often go awry, and Aaron had not imagined that one lovely, determined woman would prove to be his biggest stumbling block. Sylvia has worked her way into the hearts of Aaron's parents, and she has worked her magic on the family farm.
Two hearts at cross purposes, Aaron and Sylvia learn about their own true natures as they learn to care about each other. Revelation, redemption and resolution are all to be found in "The Harvest of Grace". Cindy Woodsmall has created a vivid portrait of Plain folk, and she does not shy away from very real personal issues and matters of faith. This is the third book in the "Ada's House" series, and it wraps up the open story lines from the first two books as well as offering the touching, fulfilling romance between Sylvia and Aaron.
Somehow, having Plain folk experience the same tragedies and triumphs of those not of the faith adds an extra depth to the reader's involvement with the lives of the characters. You will want to read all three books, and you will continue to think about these characters and their story lines for a long time to come.
Jan 01, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: Sylvia has a good life. She is Old Order Amish and although her father has no sons, he has allowed her to help him with some of the farm duties, even listening to her when it comes to management of the cow herd. She has taken over the breeding of the herd and has been successful.
Her beau Elam has also been talking to Sylvia's dad in preparation of their marriage. However, Sylvia is betrayed when she asks Elam for a bit more time before getting married. Several years later, Sylvia is forced to le Sylvia has a good life. Several years later, Sylvia is forced to leave her family's farm because of Elam. She takes a job at the Blank's farm several hours away. They have problems with their entire operation and are hoping that Sylvia can help turn things around.
Their daughter recently died and their son has been absent for a while. But they don't tell her the whole truth. Aaron Blank is a recovering alcoholic who is trying to find his passion. He worked his family's farm for a number of years while his father battled a debilitating illness and got burned out. He is coming back to the farm to show his parents that they need to sell the farm and move with him to help him with an appliance business.
His goals are counter to what Sylvia wants. She is the link between Aaron and his parents. His parents have come to rely on her and trust her opinion. As she gets to know Aaron, she has to facilitate a connection between Aaron and his parents, while keeping her own past secret from him. I didn't realize that it was the 3rd book in a series when I started reading it. However, that didn't affect my enjoyment of the book, as the author provides enough backstory as characters are introduced that you are able to at least kind of catch up.
The characters from the other books play an important part in this book, but I wanted to focus my review on Sylvia and Aaron. I enjoyed reading this book. The message of forgiveness throughout is very realistically written. I will definitely read other books by this author. I was provided this book by Waterbrook's Blogging for Books program. This review originally appeared on my blog: Apr 15, AM Mohlenhoff rated it really liked it. This is the third and final book in the Ada's House series.
This third installment introduces us to Silvia Fisher, a young Amish woman with a broken heart. Any book that comes with a cast of characters list is always suspect to me. If there are too many characters how does one keep it all straight? I would gather to think the even My second foray into a digital book led me to Cindy Woodsmall's The Harvest of Grace. I would gather to think the even the author had some issues with it and therefore kept the list handy for her readers as well. The novel begins with heartbreak, Sylvia's and continues with the return of the prodigal son who actually ends up being the good guy.
The issue is that he's now fallen in love with the Amish girl who is one of the main farmhands on his father's farm. The story of forgiveness for past wrongs, and the measure of grace needed to be able to get past the hurt was a consistent thread interwoven between the storylines. Once I was able to get the characters straight, as it had been a while since I had read Book Two of the Ada's House series, I really enjoyed the story.
It was predictable in the story lines, but we all know reading Amish fiction isn't like sitting down to a Dickens novel. Instead, Cindy Woodsmall's novels are like having a light repast with old friends on the front porch; easy, refreshing and mixed with a little humor and faith talk.
The stories and relationships of the rest of the characters in the series are neatly tied up in a bow at the end of the novel. It provides a nice finish to the lives we have all gotten to know. Aug 30, Kaity-Jane Culbertson rated it really liked it. The Harvest of Grace is the second book in the Ada's House series. As you can tell from my review of The Bridge of Peace, I absolutely fell in love with Woodsmall's stories and love the subtle lessons in them. I really liked Sylvia's personality.
Sweet with a nice bit of spunk and a love for doing things her way -- the right way. In tune with nature and quite the busy The Harvest of Grace is the second book in the Ada's House series. In tune with nature and quite the busy body, she reminded me of myself and I often found myself relating things I do to those she does. Aaron was also very like able. I never really connected with him, but I still was able to enjoy his character and found him to be quite cute with Sylvia.
While I loved each of these characters and their part of the story, it did seem to take away from Sylvi and Aaron's story a bit and I felt that I lost the feeling of the moment with Aaron and Sylvia because of having to jump from character to character. But this, perhaps, was just a personal preference and may not hold any bearing on other readers.
As for content, this book was pretty clean and dealt with only mild things, such as a past couple, one of whom is now married, kiss and immediately regret it and are horrified. The unmarried one leaves to help avoid temptation and has trouble forgiving herself and accepting that God forgives her actions. There is a scene where a man mistakenly enters a house when a woman is bathing. It says he sees her "shoulders and head" and later when the story is retold the woman insures that she was covered in bubbles and he didn't see anything.
She got out and chased him out of her house though he was already running but with a long jacket on. Brief, only mildly described kisses. All in all, this was a great book that I really enjoyed! Can't wait for the next book in the Ada's House series! I received this free book in return for an honest review from Waterbrook Multnomah. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own. Jan 17, Cindy rated it it was amazing. I have to begin my review by saying, this book by far exceeded my expectations!!
I always expect Cindy Woodsmall books to be good, but this one was above great! It drug me in and I could not put it down until I finished it. Now what made this book so good? It was full of twists and turns that you just don't expect in the average Amish novel. Romance gone bad, single woman kissing a married man, Amish man in rehab program for alcoholism, anger, rage, and much more. All the characters of this book I have to begin my review by saying, this book by far exceeded my expectations!!
All the characters of this book that we have met before, continue on, dealing with their issues, some resolving them, some to learn about in later books hopefully but each one with issues that are real, that we each face daily. A new character that we meet is Sylvia Fisher, a young woman who knows that the traditional Amish marriage and relationship is not what she seeks from life. She loves her faith, but still knows that as a wife, her opinion on farm matters a subject dear to her heart won't matter to her father and her husband, and she is not sure she is ready for that.
What she finds out however is that the betrayal that comes when her beau marries her closest sister, is much harder on her than a traditional marriage would have been and she must escape! Her father is against it, but finally gives his permission, however he forbids her sisters to write her or her to write them. She plunges into her work on the Blank farm, helping out Michael and Dora to the best of her ability, but the lonliness for her sisters is a constant part of her.
When Michael and Dora's son Aaron returns to the farm after being in rehab for alcoholism, things change fast on the farm and Sylvi is afraid all her hard work will be for nothing, since Aaron is bent on getting his parents to sell the farm and move to Owl's Perch. Will either of them ever realize their dream? Again I want to say I loved this book!! It was given to me by a friend, so no review was required, but I had to review it since I did love it so much.
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.