Book Review, “Fraying at the Edge,” Cindy Woodsmall author


Fraying at the Edge, by Cindy Woodsmall, is the second book in The Amish of Summer Grove series.  It continues the story of Ariana and Skylar, who were switched at birth twenty years prior.

Ariana Brenneman finds herself suddenly in the Englischer world, under the authority of her atheistic father, who wishes to expose her to every kind of worldly experience he can imagine. She is not allowed to have any contact with her family, only with Quill Schlabach, her childhood friend who has left the Amish world and helps others leave it when they need assistance. At the same time, Skylar Nash chooses to spend the time with her biological family, the Brennemans, over going to drug rehab. She finds the Amish world every bit as shocking as Ariana finds the Englischer world, no electricity and very little time for fun. She can’t imagine working so hard, not to imagine doing it without the drugs to which she has become addicted. Both young women struggle to find out if they truly belong in either family.

I enjoyed this book very much.  It honestly caused one to consider the reasons behind religious beliefs and traditions. It also emphasized the importance of family, no matter the blood relation. I especially liked Cameron, who helps Ariana to experience things such as Disney movies.

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.


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