Thank you WATERBROOK for providing me a review copy of this book. My opinions are my own.
The Winnowing Season by Cindy Woodsmall is a the second in the Amish Vines and Orchards series. I read this book without having read the first in the series and had no problem following along, although I'm sure that the 1st would have given me a lot of background on the characters.
This story starts with a group of Amish moving to Maine to create a new settlement. There are all the complexities involved with starting a place from scratch, but on top of that there is a lot of different relationships between the characters that are making the move. They basically all come from two families and are going to combine together and create a new orchard. The woman of one family is dating one of the men in the other, but their relationship is challenged from the first moment of the move. He disappears on the night they are moving and shows up later with little explanation. Each of the small plot lines were interesting in the book, and it did all move in and out of the major plot of the new orchard. I like books that do that efficiently.
I did enjoy the book, but I really dislike books that end in a mess with no resolution. This one has very little in the way of resolution. I completely understand that the idea would be that you would continue on and read the next book in the series, but in this case, the next book doesn't come out for a long time!
Go ahead, check it out, I don't think you'll be sad you did, but if you want resolution, you may one to wait til book 3 comes out.