Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Gathering the Threads by Cindy Woodsmall

Gathering the Threads
Gathering the Threads
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.
My Thoughts:
I really enjoy Amish Fiction and I think "Gathering The Threads" takes Amish fiction to a different level in the deepness of this story. This is a series of three stories and I think it would have been great to read the other two first. You do get a summary at the beginning, but I still think it probably doesn't do this series justice, but you can read this as a stand alone. Swapped at birth, Ariana is struggling when she finds out that she is not the biological daughter of the Amish family she thought she was. Of course this creates tension, confusion, anxiety and so many questions as her Amish parents seek to find their biological daughter. This book enters the stages of Arianna's entry back into the Amish lifestyle. She is more confused than ever and she doesn't know that she can follow the bishops rules. She wants to what is right, but she doesn't know how. Will she be able to do what is right? This book is a great book of a woman standing up for a faith in God and what she believes is right. The ending was unexpected, but it was fantastic! Cindy did a fantastic job with this book and I can't wait to read the rest of this series. I give this book 5/5 stars and a favorable review was not required. 
About 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.

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