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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Fraying at the Edge (The Amish of Summer Grove) by Cindy Woodsmall AND GIVEAWAY!!!

My Review

Fraying at the Edge by Cindy Woodsmall continues where Ties that Bind left off. Unlike some series, these books do not work as stand-alones.

Arianna, an Amish girl, discovers she was switched at birth, when her biological mother, an Englisher, was forced to seek a midwife when she went into labor far from home. Skyler, an Englisher, discovers she is the baby switched with Arianna. The switch occurred when their midwife’s home burned down while the mothers were giving birth.

Arianna is forced to live with her biological parents, both of whom are married to people other than each other. Her father can only be labeled a tyrant, and that’s putting it mildly, while her mother shows her care and concern much more kindly. Still, for Arianna, life is not happy.

Skylar receives an ultimatum to go into rehab or live with her biological parents. The ultimatum leaves her reeling. She must give up her drug providing boyfriend and all modern conveniences.

My heart ached for both girls as I read Fraying at the Edge. Both Arianna and Skylar have the rugs jerked out from beneath them with little to no warning. I cannot imagine how I would handle the same situation!

Ms. Woodsmall has written a compelling, faith filled book. We experience both Amish and Englischer lifestyles through the eyes of Arianna and Skylar. We see faith questioned through the eyes of Arianna’s biological father’s professed atheism, and we see faith in action through Skylar’s biological families’ care and concern for her. Arianna and Skylar’s plights are not your typical Amish stories. However, they are well written with a gripping, thought-provoking and stimulating premise.

Fraying at the Edge is book two of the Amish of Summer Grove series.

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

Family, community, faith, and love.
These “quilt blocks” sewn together made Ariana’s beautiful life.
When they are pulled to pieces,
will anything familiar remain?

The Old Order Amish life Ariana Brenneman loved vanished virtually overnight with the discovery that she was switched at birth twenty years ago. Now she’s immersed in the Englischer world, getting to know her mother and under the authority of her biological father, an atheist intellectual with resolute plans to expand Ariana’s worldview. Only Quill Schlabach, a childhood friend living Englisch, can steady the tilting ground between Ariana’s two worlds, but can she trust him after so many betrayals?

At the same time, Skylar Nash is forced to choose rehab or spend several months with her true relatives, the large Brenneman family and their seemingly backward life—no electricity, no technology, no fun. What the young woman can’t leave behind is her addiction to illegal prescription drugs and a deep emptiness from the belief that she doesn’t belong in either family.

New ties are binding Ariana and Skylar to the lives they were meant to have. Can they find the wisdom and strength they’ll need to follow God’s threads into unexpected futures?

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Ties That Bind (The Amish of Summer Grove) by Cindy Woodsmall AND GIVEAWAY!!!

My Review

Arianna and Quill were childhood buddies. But, Quill left the Amish with Arianna’s best friend, hurting her more than she thought possible. However, Arianna may be hurt deeper and more anguished than anyone can predict.

Cindy Woodsmall’s first story in the Amish of Summer Grove is full of surprises. The tension holds you spellbound as the suspense begins to mount. This is truly not your typical Amish story.

There are several threads sewn together in Ties that Bind leaving many of the characters at a loss as to what is and isn’t true or real. The mystery pulls you in and doesn’t let go.

I really came to care for the people in the story. I cried on many occasions as I read it, especially the ending. If I had any complaint, it would be that the ending was a HUGE cliffhanger. Fortunately, I had the next book in the series and could begin reading it immediately.

I received Ties that Bind and Fraying at the Edge from Waterbrook Press through Cindy Woodsmall’s Launch Team. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Guess what? I received an extra copy of both Ties that Bind and Fraying at the Edge, so I’m having a giveaway! Plus, if you win, you won’t have to wait like I did for the second novel, and can relish the next book in the series.

Publisher’s Summary

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.

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Leave a comment to enter the drawing.

Drawing will be open August 9th to August 13th.

One name will be randomly drawn as winner.

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GOOD LUCK!

I’m sorry I forgot to add this: This giveaway is open to U.S. only, it is void where prohibited by law and you must be at least 18 to enter. The odds of winning depend on the number of comments received.

Blessings to everyone~

This giveaway has ended.