The Harvest of Grace: Book 3 in the Ada's House Amish Romance Series (An Ada's House Novel)

by Cindy Woodsmall

Paperback, 2011



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WaterBrook (2011), 352 pages


Fiction. Literature. Romance. Christian Fiction. HTML: Reeling from an unexpected betrayal, can Sylvia find relief from the echoes of her past�or will they shape her future forever?  Although Sylvia Fisher recognizes that most Old Order Amish women her age spend their hours managing a household and raising babies, she has just one focus�tending and nurturing the herd on her family�s dairy farm. But when a dangerous connection with an old beau forces her to move far from home, she decides to concentrate on a new start and pour her energy into reviving another family�s debt-ridden farm. After months in rehab, Aaron Blank returns home to sell his Daed�s failing farm and move his parents into an easier lifestyle. Two things stand in his way: the father who stubbornly refuses to recognize that Aaron has changed and the determined new farmhand his parents love like a daughter. Her influence on Aaron�s parents could ruin his plans to escape the burdens of farming and build a new life. Can Aaron and Sylvia find common ground? Or will their unflinching efforts toward opposite goals blur the bigger picture� a path to forgiveness, glimpses of grace, and the promise of love..… (more)


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352 p.; 8.19 inches


1400073987 / 9781400073986

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LibraryThing member kaykwilts
I don't usually enjoy Amish fiction. I never could get into the Beverly Lewis series of novels but I enjoyed this novel. This is the first Cindy Woodsmall book I've read but I have decided I want to read more of this author. This book is the third and final book of the Ada's House series of books.
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This book primarily deals with the storyline of Sylvia and Aaron but there are storylines continued from the other two books which have their completion in this book. Now if you have not read the previous books you could get confused as to what is going on with the other characters in the book but you can easily figure out what is going on by reading the summary in the front of the book of the the first two in the series. The author devotes about a half page summary on each book so you the reader will know what is going on if you have not read the first two books. Also there is a list of characters in the back of the book and their relation to each other.

I liked this book in that it showed that the Amish suffer from many of the problems in life that non Amish do such as alcoholism, debt, envy, adulterous thoughts and stubborness. They aren't perfect either. Just forgiven by the grace of God like the rest of us.

The overall theme of this book is forgiveness.
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LibraryThing member EdnaT
Cindy has written some good Amish books and I own all of them. But this one got me a little confused, it keep bouncing from one person to the other and was a little hard to keep up with. But after I got into the book a little further it became clearer.

Sylvia Fisher was not like most young Amish
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women, she didn't like to do housework but had rather be outside raising the herd of milking cows that her father owned. She could be up all night when there was trouble with a birth and she could manage the diary by herself. But when the man that wanted her to marry him and she had put off, come up engaged to her sister, she could not stay around and watch them get married. So she saw a notice where an older man needed someone to help him with his diary, she talked her dad into letting her apply for this job and she got it. She moved to the farm in another town but it was so run down and they were so in debt, she didn't know if she could save it or not. Then their son came home and everything changed as he hated the diary and farming but started to help his parents out but he was wanting them to sell the farm and to move into town with him.

Thanks to Library Thing for sending me this book to review .
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LibraryThing member wearylibrarian
Cara's father, Trevor, is trying to make amends for all the past wrongs. Cara is not sure he can forgive him, even though the Bishop has told her she must forgive in order to be baptized and marry Ephraim. When Sylvia does not respond immediately to Elam's proposal, he asks her sister, Beckie to
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marry him. Sylvia tries to remain on the family’s dairy farm but when she and Elam kiss, she knows she must leave. Gray and Lena impatiently wait for the day they can court openly. In the mean time, Gray worries that it is his fault his son was born with a disability and his other children died shortly after birth.

I am always sad to see Cindy Woodsmall's series end, and the Ada's House series is no exception. Her books draw me in and leave me feeling as if I am actually there, participating in the lives of the characters. With the end of this series, I feel as if I am leaving friends and family behind.
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LibraryThing member scoutmomskf
I received this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers. This was a good book. I haven't read the first two in the series, but it didn't take me too long to learn the characters. The main focus of this book was Aaron and Sylvia. Sylvia came to the Blank farm after leaving her own family because
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of a problem with her former boyfriend. This gave her a chance to do what she wanted to do in the way of dairy farming. Aaron is the son of the owners who is returning to his parents' farm. He has been away at rehab after having spent several years in an alcoholic haze. He wants his parents to sell the farm and run an appliance store with him, because he hates the farm. As time goes on, he gets to know Sylvia and begins to see the farm through her eyes. There are many problems and heartaches to work through, but the conclusion was fantastic.
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LibraryThing member fantasia655
I liked it! I love the Amish culture and reading about them, makes me feel like I am a part of that. I would like to read the first two in the series so I know what happened before, but it's not necessary for any one else to.
LibraryThing member gincam
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
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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 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.

Review Copy Gratis WaterBrook Press
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LibraryThing member kitchenwitch04
As I am already a huge fan of Cindy Woodsmall, I was thrilled when I had found that I had won a copy of one of her books thru the Early Reviewer's Program. This book is the third of a series called Ada's House, and even if you have not read the first two books, it is never hard to get to know the
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characters and figure out what is going on. I have always loved the way that Cindy makes you feel like you are part of every story - and shows Amish life as we would never image, with the same problems us "Englishers" experience as well.
This book told the tale of Sylvia Fisher, and Amish girl who unlike most plain women, enjoyed working on her dairy farm more than the mundane household chores that are common for those in the Amish lifestye. She is betrayed by a man that she is supposed to marry, and because of this, leaves her family's dairy farm to help another family with their's. While there, the owner's son Aaron comes home after being in rehab for alcohol addiction. He hates farming and the dairy business, and has plans to convince his father to sell the farm and move to town to run a hardware business. But, after being around Sylvia and experiencing the farm thru her eyes, he begins to rethink things. well as discovering that he has feelings for her. Another wonderful Woodsmall book......the ending was the best!!!!
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LibraryThing member TracyS45
Cultivating love for one another and finding faith in yourself can create "The Harvest of Grace."

This Amish fiction tale blends together several relationships as they blosson and come together to create a happy community surrounding Ada's House. Sylvia Fisher, a young Amish woman, has the love of
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her family's farm and land running through her veins. When faced with a marriage proposal that would change her whole way of life, she puts off her intended, only to lose him to her younger sister. A slip of their emotions after the marriage takes place sends Sylvia out to another farm where she can start over and hopefully help this family turn their farm into a thriving and profitable operation again. There she must team up with their returning, wayward son to get their farm back on the mend. Will this family be able to get past all the disappointments and tragedies of the past to heal and move on? Can Sylvia ever forgive herself for acting on a moment of impulse and be able to connect with her family once again? Come follow this tale to find these answers and to see how having faith and love can plant the seeds to have a harvest of grace.

Since this is the third book in this series, I was a little concerned about not having read the first two and being able to keep all the separate relationships straight, but Ms. Woodsmall did a wonderful job at keeping it all connected, but separate at the same time so that it made sense. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all the separate characters and their diffferent relationships and how they all came to be. I especially liked getting to know Sylvia as a more independent Amish woman than in some other Amish fiction that I have read. If you are in the market for a really good Amish story, this is definitely one that you don't want to pass up.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction mixed with a bit of sweet romance thrown in.

This book was kindly provided to me by the publishers of WaterBrook Multnomah for my honest review.
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LibraryThing member hobbitprincess
I've read a lot of Amish fiction, and this wasn't my favorite. It would have been helpful if I had reread the first book in the series and read the second book, but because of time constraints, I couldn't. There were so many characters in this book that I became quite confused several times. I know
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there was a list of them in the back, but flipping back and forth didn't make for good reading. I just felt that there were too many stories going on at one time. Perhaps if they had been developed in a more singular fashion, I would have enjoyed the book more. I've been pleased with Woodsmall's other books that I've read, but this one falls short of the others.
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LibraryThing member Tara22
I am a firm believer of reading series in order so as not to read books out of order but I must confess that I read this book without reading the first two which saddens me because I truly believe that they would be worth reading.

This book is about three women, two Amish and one who wishes to be
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Amish and two Amish men who are all trying to overcome personal demons in order to truly find happiness in their lives and those of their loved ones. I enjoyed learning more about how Amish communities function within the modern world as well as getting to know these lovable characters.

The Harvest of Grace is well-written and interesting, not because it is action-packed but because it is full of life being lived and "everyday" challenges being faced.
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LibraryThing member amhamilt
The Harvest of Grace is the third novel in the Ada's House series. The main storyline follows Slyvia Fisher as she flees her home to work as a farm hand for an unrelated Amish family. She is determined to improve the farm and get it to turn a profit, but the owner's son, Aaron, is just as
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determined to convince his father that the only option is to sell the farm. Aaron and Sylvia seem to be constantly at odds with each other, is it possible for them to see past their differences?

The Harvest of Grace was a difficult novel for me to get into; I could comfortably put it away for days at a time without thinking about it all. It wasn't until the latter third of the book that the characters started to really become interesting to me. To be fair, I have not read the first two books in the series, so I really wasn't invested in the other plotlines.

I must also admit that the characters, for the most part, didn't seem like Old Order Amish to me. I've read a bit of Amish fiction previously, and this book didn't seem to have the same authenticity. That being said, I am certainly no expert on the Amish, so it could be entirely representative of the Amish culture, for all I know. However, if you are a fan of Beverly Lewis's Amish fiction, be warned that the portrayal of the Amish in Woodsmall's book is entirely different.

Overall, I would give this book 3.5 stars. It was a fine book, but it wasn't outstanding. It was entertaining, but not enough for me to read it again or read the rest of the books in the series.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook
Multnomah as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to
write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am
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LibraryThing member tarenn
THE HARVEST OF GRACE by Cindy Woodsmall is an inspirational Amish romance trilogy. It is an exciting conclusion to "An Ada's House" novel. See "The Hope of Refuge" and "The Bridge Of Peace"."The Harvest of Grace" is the story of Sylvia Fisher,an Old Oder Amish woman,who has been betrayed,and lives
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her family's diary farm for a new start to use her energy into helping a debt-ridden farm. Aaron Blank,who has been in rehab and returns to his father's farm to sell the debt-ridden farm. But with Sylvia's help,influence,and her influence who Aaron's parents Aaron learns to build a new life. Sylvia and Aaron find a glimpse of peace,a bit of romance,forgiveness,healing,while they have opposite goals they may just find the promise of love on a rural farm and work toward a bigger picture. A must read for all Amish,inspirational, romance readers. This is a fast paced story of faith,healing and forgiveness.This book was received for review from Library Thing and the publisher.Details can be found at WaterBrook Press and My Book Addiction Reviews.
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LibraryThing member mookiekat
This adventure is about several young Amish people who eventually become entwined in each others lives.
There is Sylvia, who is the eldest daughter of a dairy farmer, whose love for dairy farming outweighs the desire to be married. When her beau asks her, she wants to postpone their big day wanting
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more time to be able to discover who she is. Taking her answer as a "no", her beau secretly plans to marry Sylvia's sister. Heart broken and unable to leave the farm she tries to endure her feelings of rejection and betrayal. When one day she is caught off guard with her now brother in law, he kisses her and she returns the kiss. Feeling shame and guilt Sylvia leaves and begins working for a couple on the Blank's dairy farm where she meets their son, Aaron which leads her down a whole new road to adventure.

There is Cara, who has a young daughter named Lori whose father died when she was little. Cara left New York because of the fear of someone stalking her. and traveled to Dry Lake because of some memories from her childhood. After seeking refuge in Ephriam's barn she is taken in and falls in love with him. When Cara finally gets comfortable in her surroundings she is given a challenge she feels is far beyond her power alone to conquer.

Then there is Lena. She is recovering from an accident and has a bluish purple birth mark on her face. She falls in love with Grey who was married to the Blank's daughter. Grey is now a widower and is made to wait the required time of mourning until he can court Lena. Grey also has a secret that he carries with him that he feels could destroy their relationship if Lena only knew.

Will these young couples be able to work through the challenges that God has allowed in their lives or will they give up and play it safe? Find out how each of these couples face their challenges both separately and together.
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LibraryThing member Robin661
The Harvest of Grace
Cindy Woodsmall
This is a story about the Amish. This last installment is about Sylvia and Aaron. They are two people who have a history that has challenged their past and future. They are likeable characters, well developed and kept me interested throughout the book. I would
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gladly recommend this story to friends. I believe this was a faithful installment to the series and provided readers a satisfying book. I have always enjoyed Ms. Woodsmall's books and always eager to read her next book. I am thankful to blogging for books for the free copy that provided me the opportunity to review The Harvest of Grace.
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LibraryThing member SABC
Sylvia Fisher returns home and recognizes she is not like most Old Order Amish women. She has to focus on reviving a debt-ridden family dairy farm. Life becomes more complicated when Aaron Blank also returns home and his family refuses to accept him.
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