Seasons of Tomorrow (Amish Vines and Orchards #4) – Cindy Woodsmall

The fourth and final book in the Amish Vines and Orchards series finds Jacob King starting over in Virginia working construction for his uncle’s company after he and Rhoda break up. He finds someone who piques his interest romantically, but she wants nothing to do with courting or marriage. Rhoda is left in Maine with Samuel, Jacob’s brother, to run the orchard they started.

Rhoda and Samuel are in love, but they decide to wait a while to openly court out of respect for Jacob. Leah and Landon are getting closer and falling more in love, but Leah’s father has other ideas. He not only prohibits Leah from seeing Landon because Landon is not of Amish faith, but he also demands that she return home to Pennsylvania with him. In the midst of all this turmoil, Steven’s pregnant wife Phoebe falls ill and is in an induced coma until it is safe for the baby to be born. Worried about her health, he spends all his time at the hospital, which leaves the rest to handle the farm. Needless to say, many plots and storylines weave together to create a dramatic end to a beloved series.I have been fortunate to read this series from the very beginning and have therefore invested a lot of time and interest in the characters. They have grown and changed throughout the series, and even though Rhoda, Jacob, and Samuel have been the main focus, other characters have taken the spotlight and created their own stories. Readers will delight in finding out what happens to their favorite characters and how their lives proceed. I especially appreciated that they support each other, even when things are difficult or they may not agree with the other person. This is a tightly knit community of people who truly care about one another, and they demonstrate that throughout the story. While there IS a happy ending, there are many heart-wrenching decisions made that are not always popular with everyone. I am sad to see an end to this wonderful series, but I am glad I was there to read it all.

There is nothing in this book that mature young adults or adults would find offensive. Some of the subject matter may be a little too adult for younger readers, but in general it should be safe for anyone to read. Fans of romance, Amish, Christian, or starting over will delight in Seasons of Tomorrow or any of the previous books in the series. This is a culmination of events that take place in three other books, so some of the storylines may not make sense to people who have not read the other books. While the book could stand alone, it will be more satisfying after having read the previous novels. At times it seemed as though a lot happened at once just to give everything a tidy ending, which some people may find to be overkill. All in all, I was pleased with how Seasons of Tomorrow wrapped up the Amish Vines and Orchards series.

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