Ties That Bind, by Cindy Woodsmall, is the first book in The Amish of Summer Grove series. It is set in Summer Grove, Pennsylvania, in an Old Order Amish community and is a marvelous story.
Ariana Brenneman’s life is hectic but fulfilling. She works hard to help her family while earning enough money to open a café in Summer Grove to support them financially. She and her boyfriend, Rudy, are becoming serious. Her twin brother, Abram, is helping her raise money for the down payment on the café. Life is good, until she discovers that Quill Schlabach is back in town. When he disappeared five years before with her good friend and her heart, she never expected to see him again. But she discovers that he helps Amish to escape into the English world, and that he plans to help someone in her family, making her even angrier with him than before. Quill, however, loves Ariana, and he refuses to tell her his true reasons for leaving. When her parents ask him to investigate their suspicions of a switch the night of Ariana’s birth, he is devastated to learn that the truth could destroy her.
I loved this book. Although I am not fond of cliff hangers, I must admit that I eagerly await the next installment in this series. I admired Ariana’s hard work ethic and love for her family, as well as Abram’s generosity. The examples of Christian love in this story are truly inspiring.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.