Sunday, August 21, 2016

Fraying at the Edge: A Novel (The Amish of Summer Grove, Book 2) by Cindy Woodsmall

Book Description:  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 help steady Ariana’s tilting ground between the 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 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?

My Thoughts:  I love the cover of this book!  It gives a prelude to a wonderful story.  I enjoy reading about Old Order Amish life...maybe, because it is such a different life than I lead.  And, because I have absolutely no idea how I'd live in such a community I felt an instant kinship with Ariana Brenneman.  
Ariana has lived all her life in an Old Order community but, quite unexpectedly, her life changes drastically in minute when she finds that she was switched at birth.  
Ariana now lives with her biological father, an atheist, and her mom.  What a change!  What a challenge!  To go from a loving, God fearing family to an intellectual, mind numbing "real" parents.
And then there's Skylar Nash who MUST go live with the Brenneman clan.  No electricity!  No technology, including TV!  She feels has if she has stepped into a time warp.  But Skylar has a bigger problem she is addicted to prescription meds. 
Sometimes we find God leading us in the most unlikely places...sometimes places that are way beyond our comfort zone.
Cindy Woodsman does a grantastic job of combining two different people with two very different problems.
Loved this read! 

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

  • Series: The Amish of Summer Grove (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (August 16, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601427018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601427014

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