Book Review: The Harvest of Grace

9 Jan

When Sylvia Fischer turned down her beau’s offer of marriage, she expected him to give her the time and space she’d requested, believing they would eventually wed. .Instead he married her sister. When she learns that his betrayal was her father’s idea–a proposition made to save the farm–she knows she’ll never trust another man.

Despite the secrets hiding in Aaron Blank’s youth, he thinks he’s ready to face his future. As he sets out to make up for the wrongs he’s done to his family, he meets Sylvia, the new farmhand from a nearby district. She doesn’t want him around, seems to have his father’s heart in the palm of her hand–and what she knows could ruin his future.



Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author whose connection with the Amish community has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. She is the author of six novels, two novellas and Plain Wisdom, a work of non-fiction co-authored with her dearest Old Order Amish friend. Cindy lives in Georgia with her family.



My Impressions:

The Harvest of Grace is the final chapter in Cindy Woodsmall’s Ada’s House series.  In this novel the focus is on Sylvia Fisher and Aaron Blank, although the stories begun in the first two books — Cara and Ephraim, Ada and Israel, Lena and Grey, and Deborah and Jonathan — are continued.

Aaron left his home after the death of his sister convinced him he needed help for his alcoholism.  While away, Sylvia Fisher has come to the Blank dairy farm to escape her own sorrow and guilt.   Aaron returns to his family with big plans for their future, plans that will take away the safety that Sylvia has built by working and living on the Blank’s farm.  And while they both work hard to make the farm successful, their motives could not be more different.

The Harvest of Grace is a wonderful novel of accepting and giving grace. More than one character is struggling with guilt and unforgiveness.  Woodsmall deftly weaves the grace of God throughout the story of ordinary people.  And yes, I said ordinary, because while set in the Amish community, Woodsmall’s story could be anyone’s.

Be sure to pick up the 1st two books in the series, The Hope of Refuge and The Bridge of Peace, before you start The Harvest of Grace.  Not only are they necessary to the story, they are wonderful books too.


My book club will be discussing The Harvest of Grace on January 13th.  If you have read this book we welcome your comments and thoughts.


(I received The Harvest of Grace from Waterbrook/Multnomah in return for a review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)



4 Responses to “Book Review: The Harvest of Grace”

  1. dianeestrella January 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Sounds like an interesting book. Great review! Hugs and have a great week! :O)

    • rbclibrary January 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week too!

  2. Brenda January 11, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    I really enjoyed this book, but honestly I enjoy everything that Cindy Woodsmall writes.

    • rbclibrary January 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

      I do too! My book club won her first two books (Sisters of the Quilt series) and a chance to interview her via phone. That was so great. She was wonderful.

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