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Book Review, “Gathering the Threads,” Cindy Woodsmall author

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Gathering the Threads, by Cindy Woodsmall, is the third book in the Amish of Summer Grove series. In this book, Ariana Brenneman returns to her Amish family after being forced to spend time with her English birth parents for several months.

Ariana’s simple world has been torn apart. Finding out she was not truly a Brenneman, but having been raised Amish only to be immersed in the English world, has been confusing and heartbreaking. When Ariana returns home, she finds that it is not as simple as she thought it would be. She begins to question Amish ways and beliefs that she previously followed blindly. She loves her family, but desperately needs some space from them. Her Amish family does not understand, and her English family wants her to return to them. Ariana’s friend, Quill Schlabach attempts to help her, but only Ariana can pick up the threads of both worlds and weave them together.

This was a wonderful book.  I did not want to put it down. I appreciated the way that each character’s situation was given ample attention in the book. I especially liked that Ariana’s brothers and sisters were involved in trying to help her navigate her new situation.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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

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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.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

 

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