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.
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?