In a community where conformity flourishes, seeds of Rhoda’s odd behavior were planted long ago. Can she cultivate her relationships with the same care and tenderness that she gives her beloved garden?Old Order Amish Rhoda Byler’s unusual gift and her remarkable abilities to grow herbs and berries have caused many to think her odd. As rumors mount that Rhoda’s “gift” is a detriment to the community, she chooses isolation, spending her time in her fruit garden and on her thriving canning business.
Miles away in Harvest Mills, Samuel King struggles to keep his family’s apple orchard profitable. As the eldest son, Samuel farms with his brothers, the irrepressible Jacob and brash Eli, while his longtime girlfriend Catherine remains hopeful that Samuel will marry her when he feels financially stable.
Meanwhile, Samuel’s younger sister Leah is testing all the boundaries during her rumschpringe, and finds herself far from home in Rhoda’s garden after a night of partying gone badly. But Leah’s poor choices serve as a bridge between Rhoda and the King family when a tragic mistake in the orchard leaves Samuel searching for solutions.
Rhoda’s expertise in canning could be the answer, but she struggles with guilt over the tragic death of her sister and doesn’t trust herself outside her garden walls. As the lines between business, love, and family begin to blur, can Rhoda finally open up to a new life? And what effect will this odd, amazing woman have on the entire King family?
My Comments: This book really got me in the mood for Fall. The part that prepared me for Fall centers around an apple orchard and all of the yummy treats that we can make from apples! I love the main character, Rhoda. She is gifted in so many ways and totally down to earth. She loves her gardens and growing herbs and berries. She makes her living with her garden and produce. Rhoda is generous with her time and cares about people. Her fellow Amish are suspicious of her and think she is somewhat evil. They really do not understand her gift. I can’t say that I do either, but I can believe it exists and it’s nol evil! Some Amish folks misguided opinions appear more evil than what they perceive Rhoda’s gift to be. Samuel and Jacob actually run the apple orchard and Rhoda meets them through some misadventures of their sister, Leah. Leah winds up spending the night at Rhoda’s home and they became unlikely friends.
This is a great book. I really want to read the whole series and can’t wait for the next books to come out. I recommend it as something different for fans of Amish fiction. You will enjoy it. The book totally engaged me.
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