September 30, 2017

Gathering the Threads by Cindy Woodsmall - Review

I received this book free from the publisher. All opinions are my own

Book details
Series: The Amish of Summer Grove (Book 3)
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook (August 15, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1601427034
ISBN-13: 978-1601427038

About this book
Finally back in the Old Order Amish world she loves, will Ariana’s new perspectives draw her family closer together—or completely rip them apart?

After months away in the Englisch world, Ariana Brenneman is overjoyed to be in the Old Order Amish home where she was raised. Yet her excitement is mixed with an unexpected apprehension as she reconciles all she’s learned from her biological parents with the uncompromising teachings of her Plain community. Although her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, hopes to help her navigate her new role amongst her people, Ariana’s Daed doesn’t understand why his sweet daughter is suddenly questioning his authority. What will happen if she sows seeds of unrest and rebellion in the entire family?

Meanwhile, Skylar Nash has finally found her place among the large Brenneman family, but Ariana’s arrival threatens to unravel Skylar’s new identity—and her sobriety. Both Ariana and Skylar must discover the true cords that bind a family and community together and grasp tight the One who holds their authentic identities close to His heart.

Gathering the Threads is the third and final novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series.

Meet the author - Cindy Woodsmall
Cindy Woodsmall is the "New York Times" and CBA best-selling author of nineteen works of fiction and non-fiction with more than a million copies sold. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured in national media outlets such as ABC’s "Nightline," the "Wall Street Journal," and a National Geographic documentary on Amish life. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains.

My thoughts
This is the third book in the Amish of Summer series and I suggest you read each of these in order. Although this book gives a recap of the first two books in it. The author also had a few touchy subjects - bullying, substance abuse, adoption, babies switched at birth. I felt bad for both Ariana and Skylar as there was a little bit of turmoil for both of them. The author does a good job of combining both the English and Amish worlds and shows how it is to have gone from one world to the other. It could not have been easy for them. I thought this was a fitting ending to this series as the author did a good job of tying everything together. 

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