I love reading and reviewing books....many Christian books, Amish/Mennonite fiction, biographies/autobios, nonfiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense. I am a retired teacher on disability due to health. I am a Master Food Volunteer & WRAP facilitator. I team teach children's church along with my wonderful husband. I am also grandma to the sweetest grandchildren! I love my pomeranian, Cocoa & granddog, weiner dog Loki! I am a crochet fanatic
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Review of The Harvest of Grace
My Review of The Harvest of Grace, book 3 of Ada's House series by Cindy Woodsmall
This book was enjoyable for me, but I will admit that I had read book 1 of the Ada's House series several years ago and had never read book 2, so at times, I was a bit lost and confused. I was able to figure most things out and it did come back to me from book 1. There were many couples to keep up with in this book: Sylvia and Elam, then Sylvia and Beckie, Cara and Ephraim, Israel and Ada, Grey and Lena, so it was hard to keep track of things at points in the book for me.
I do love that the book spoke a great deal about grace and forgiveness and restoring of broken relationships, thus the title : The Harvest of Grace. I was a bit angry with Beckie and Elam in the story, to be honest, as I felt they did wrong to Sylvia in the way they came together. I don't blame Sylvia for running off. I also was a bit disturbed by the fact that Sylvia's father would shun HER! She was actually leaving to try to avoid doing something wrong, and I felt that she got the short end of the stick on this deal!
I could relate somewhat to Cara's situation in having to forgive a father who had abandoned her. I have had some family relationships of my own that I have had to restore and repair thru forgiveness. It is not an easy task, and does require God's help, as the book shows. I do recommend this book as a great piece of Amish fiction, but you might be advised to read the series of Ada's House in order.
About the Author
Cindy Woodsmall is the author of When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and When the Soul Mends. Her ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters comes from her real-life connection with Amish, Mennonite, and Old Order Amish families. A mother of three sons and two daughters-in-law, Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband.
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