Book Four of Woosmall's Amish Vines and Orchards series opens to the reader finding out what's become of Rhoda and Samuel. After a harsh break up with Samuel's brother Jacob, Rhoda is coming to accept her gift of intuition and finding confidence in her future on the family farm. But while Jacob is no longer on the farm, he stands between her and Samuel's happiness. How long will they wait for his heart to heal before they can move forward?
And Jacob wonders too: when will his heart find a home to rest and let down its guard? And so he returns to construction work. Running from job to job and never staying in one place long enough to get attached. Till one day he nearly runs over his future.
But a family tragedy calls Jacob home, forcing him to face Rhoda and Samuel. Two lives hang in the balance while another family member feels pulled to the Englisher world. What will happen to this new homestead as member's lives hang in the balance? And others feel called to live outside the Amish ways? Can they all pull together long enough to keep the farm afloat? Or will the new King homestead become another failed venture?
While you can enjoy this book outside the series, it makes so much more sense if read it in order. Book Three left us wondering what would become of Rhoda and Samuel's future and this book answers those questions. Also we get a lot more insight into Jacob's personality. While he's certainly not been neglected through out this series, this book brought to light aspects of his personality that I didn't realize existed. It was nice to see his character develop and mature more through this book.
The end of the book did leave room for some questions, but ultimately book four tied up most of the loose ends nicely. All the character's struggles and responses are real and pulled at the heart strings. And it was very to see what finally becomes of these characters we've grown to love throughout the series.
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.