Gathering the Threads (The Amish of Summer Grove) by Cindy Woodsmall AND GIVEAWAY

My Review

Gathering the Threads is third and the final book in The Amish of Summer Grove Series by Cindy Woodsmall. Because of a brief synopsis of books one and two at the beginning, you could read it as a stand-alone. However, I feel you would lose a lot if you did not read the other two first.

Arianna is back in her Amish home. However, she has experienced so many new and stimulating things while living with her biological parents; she has a hard time adapting to her former Amish lifestyle. Yet, she’s right where she wanted and fought so hard to be.

The book opens with the Arianna battling in her mind, hearing the voices of everyone she knows and loves plus all she’s heard while away from the Amish. Each voice is vying for her attention and acceptance. The first two paragraphs so poignantly express her plight that I could have cried for her and the dilemmas she faces.

Adding to the confusion, Skylar decides to stay with her Amish family indefinitely instead of returning back to her Englisch family, leaving life in flux for Arianna.

Ms. Woodsmall has crafted a well written, fascinating tale for the finale of the trilogy. There are so many loose ends that are brought together in a very compelling way. Everyone’s life changes due to being forced to make significant concessions to protect the Amish midwife. The characters are well developed, and you feel their hurt, confusion and questioning as you read. Gathering the Threads is not a typical Amish story of love, romance and eventual marriage. There are hard-hitting situations that are difficult to deal with for the characters. However, the tale resonates with faith, hope and forgiveness, creating a satisfactory ending to a story you hate to see come to an end.

I received both books from Waterbrook Press through Cindy Woodsmall’s Launch Team. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

Finally back in the Old Order Amish world she loves,
Will Ariana’s new perspectives draw her family closer together—
or completely rip them apart?

After months away in the Englisch world, Ariana Brenneman is overjoyed to be in the Old Order Amish home where she was raised. Yet her excitement is mixed with an unexpected apprehension as she reconciles all she’s learned from her biological parents with the uncompromising teachings of her Plain community. Although her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, hopes to help her navigate her new role amongst her people, Ariana’s Daed doesn’t understand why his sweet daughter is suddenly questioning his authority. What will happen if she sows seeds of unrest and rebellion in the entire family?

Meanwhile, Skylar Nash has finally found her place among the large Brenneman family, but Ariana’s arrival threatens to unravel Skylar’s new identity—and her sobriety. Both Ariana and Skylar must discover the true cords that bind a family and community together and grasp tight the One who holds their authentic identities close to His heart.

Gathering the Threads is the third and final novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series.


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6 thoughts on “Gathering the Threads (The Amish of Summer Grove) by Cindy Woodsmall AND GIVEAWAY

  1. Thank you for you beautiful review, Robbie. I really enjoyed it. I read her Christmas books last Christmas and really enjoyed them. I’ve read some of her others too but no full series and haven’t read any of this series yet. I have some catching up to do! I was so excited to see she has a new book out. I’m like a kid in the candy store when it comes to books 🙂 Please enter me for this lovely book. Thank you!

    Deanne Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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    • You are welcome, Deanne. Thank you so much for your kind words.
      I’m worse than a kid in a candy store when it comes to book! I have so very many (literally thousands at this point. I’ve read about 90% of them, too!).
      You are entered! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  2. Robbie, I’ll be right over to “borrow” from your library 🙂
    Bless my husband’s heart he never complains about my book addiction or how many I have. He actually reads some of my Amish books. He likes Beth Wiseman,Ruth Reid and is currently reading Amish mysteries by Emma Miller. Who would have imagined?

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    • That is so neat about your husband. I’ve been able to convince mine to read quite a few of the ones I read. He usually proofs my reviews and then is intrigued by the book!
      I would be glad to lend you some if we lived close enough.
      My kids HATE that I have so many books-I have wall to wall, ceiling to floor bookshelves. They enjoy reading, just not being surrounded by books like a library!

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