The Amish of Summer Grove series was one that I was really excited about reading. My favorite thing to do is to read a series completely through. I’ve found that the books that I’ve “binged read” are some of my top recommendations and are the ones that I’ve most enjoyed. I had the privelege to do that with this series and I became attached to the characters since I spent so much time with them!
I was really curious about where this series would end up after I read the first book, Ties That Bind. Ariana finds out that she is not born into her Amish family, as she once thought. She also doesn’t have a twin. But she does have an English family because she was apparently switched at birth. But she also still has an Amish fiance and her life is in the Amish. How can she set that aside? Meanwhile, Skylar, who has looked for love in all the wrong places, has the option of rehab or going to live with her Amish family that she has never met. Because Ariana’s biological dad threatens to sue the midwife who delivered the girls if the Brenneman’s don’t allow Ariana to come live with them for one year, Ariana decides that she has to leave for the sake of the community and her family.
Book two, Fraying at the Edge, picks up where book one has left off. You could read this book separately, but it really doesn’t have a recap of the story within the beginning pages. In this book, Ariana is trying to find her place in the English world. New demands are placed on her and she learns to find her footing and speak her voice. Skylar realizes that she really does love working at the coffee shop but isn’t sure that she can really give up her former life or her drugs. Fraying at the Edge focuses on both girls learning to understand who they are and where they fit within their new families.
Book three, Gathering Threads, is a beautiful end to the series. The title of the book sums it up perfectly. Each girl has now flourished in their relationships with the biological families and their “adopted unofficially” families. My favorite part of this book, though, is that the relationship with Quill begins to look like it could be more of a possibility. Of course, there are obstacles and consequences from choices made, but there is also justice and forgiveness. I could not have thought of a better ending to a series than this one.
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Gathering the Threads(WaterBrook, August 2017)
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.
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.
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.