Friday, October 21, 2011

Book Review: The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall

The Harvest of Grace is Cindy Woodsmall’s third book in her “Ada’s House” series. In this book we meet Sylvia Fisher, a young Amish woman whose skills encompass tending and nurturing a dairy herd more than the homemaking skills that her friends excel in. A heartbreaking development sends her away from home, where she finds employment on another farm, becoming a trusted friend of the arthritic Amish farmer and his wife.

But when Aaron Blank, the farmer’s son, returns home after months in rehab, his desire to move his parents into town and an easier life clash with Sylvia’s, and his father’s, determination to bring the dairy farm back from the brink of bankruptcy.

In spite of their opposing goals, Sylvia and Aaron form a bond based on their mutual love of Aaron’s parents and find a way to work together toward a solution for them. But will love give an added blessing to their lives?

Cindy Woodsmall’s intimate knowledge of the stresses that our modern culture places on the Old Order Amish brings an authentic touch to her novels. They are always a pleasure to read!

And Ada’s House fans won’t be disappointed. The Harvest of Grace holds more than Sylvia and Aaron’s story – we’re also treated to the continuing sagas of favorite characters from the earlier books.

I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook/Multnomah Press for my impartial review.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


 TBR? That’s short for “to be read”. As in books. As in a lot of books.
My TBR pile is actually a shelf….

… and a list on my Kindle.

Right around 55 books on my Kindle. 

Part of me rejoices.
Books I can’t wait to read.
Books I know I’ll love, others I hope I’ll love.
Books that will take me to new places and new times –

But a niggling question tickles the back of my mind…
Why this need to collect books?
Because, you know, my TBR shelf is only one of many shelves of books in our house.

Not counting the dozen boxes in the garage waiting for more shelves so they can be unpacked.

And the dozens of books I’ve sold at garage sales and curriculum sales and now grieve for.


But mostly I just wish for more time to read….