Ties That Bind: A Novel (The Amish of Summer Grove) by Cindy Woodsmall
About the Book
Ariana’s comfortable Old Order Amish world is about to unravel. Will holding tightly to the cords of family keep them together—or simply tear them apart?
Twenty-year-old Ariana Brenneman loves her family and the Old Ways. She has two aspirations: open a café in historic Summer Grove to help support her family’s ever-expanding brood and to keep any other Amish from being lured into the Englisch life by Quill Schlabach.
Five years ago Quill, along with her dear friend Frieda, ran off together, and Ariana still carries the wounds of that betrayal. When she unexpectedly encounters him, she soon realizes he has plans to help someone else she loves leave the Amish.
Despite how things look, Quill’s goal has always been to protect Ariana from anything that may hurt her, including the reasons he left. After returning to Summer Grove on another matter, he unearths secrets about Ariana and her family that she is unaware of. His love and loyalty to her beckons him to try to win her trust and help her find a way to buy the café—because when she learns the truth that connects her and a stranger named Skylar Nash, Quill knows it may upend her life forever.
Ties That Bind is the first novel in the Amish of Summer Grove series.
Ariana Brenneman’s family is poor and she is determined she can help. She knows with her cooking and baking skills she could run a cafe and make a profit. However, the problem is lack of money. She is working hard, trying to save up enough money to buy a cafe in town, but time is running out. In desperation, she talks her brother into helping her by pooling his resources with her.
All Ariana can focus on is getting her money and helping her family financially, at least until Quill Schlabach shows back up late one night. Five years earlier he had run away from the Amish with her best friend, Frieda and been banned. Now, because she tried to help a friend, she saw Quill. He apologizes to her for what pain she is about to suffer. Now, she has a new worry; someone in her family was leaving the Amish, too.
As Ariana worries and frets over which family member may be leaving their faith, she decides she has to speed up the time frame to open the cafe. She hopes to entice her sister into staying. After all, she just needs a good incentive and more money, Ariana reasons.
Cindy Woodsmall has done an extraordinary job of weaving together multiple layers in the plot of Ties That Bind, including a mystery surrounding Ariana about which she herself is totally unaware.
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