Thursday, September 3, 2015

Ties That Bind: A Novel (The Amish of Summer Grove) by Cindy Woodsmall

Book Description:  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.   

My Thoughts:  It's been quite awhile since I've read a book by best-selling author, Cindy Woodsmall.  So, I was excited to receive Ties That Bind
Ties That Bind is the first book in The Amish of Summer Grove series.
Ariana is an obedient, Old Order Amish young woman.  She has dreams and one of her dreams is to open a cafe to help her family and her other dream is keep her Amish friends/family from going English---leaving the Amish life and going out into the world of the English.  She strongly believes in the Amish way of life. 
A few years earlier Ariana's friends Frieda and Quill ran off together.  Now they are back and Ariana feels the betrayal all over again.  She also realizes that Quill is back to help someone "escape" to the English side. 
Quite an interesting read of two worlds that collide.  
Cindy Woodsmall does an an excellent job of intertwining the Amish lives with those of the English.
This great story takes the reader on a journey of romance and mystery.  
A wonderful read for those who love Amish fiction. 

*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah*

  • Series: The Amish of Summer Grove
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 8, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601426992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601426994

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