Saturday, September 30, 2017

About the 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.

About the author:

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.


 The final installment in the series The Amish of Summer Grove will give closure to characters lives while bringing unexpected changes. I have been eagerly awaiting this book and it certainly was worth the wait. Can you imagine babies being switched at birth? It can be so unsettling for everyone involved. One of the hardest things is for the two children involved to realize they are living with the wrong biological parents. What I really like about the story is that one child belongs  to an Amish family and the other to an English family and how the author shows what it is like to struggle in each environment. I will recommend that readers should read the first two books in the series to really understand the dynamics of the families.

Ariana has been away for several months getting to know her "real" parents. The author does an amazing job of showing the struggles that Ariana has been through. What a shock to leave your Amish life and be forced to go with complete strangers. The Amish community doesn't welcome her home entirely. The scene with the bishop at her house with her dad was very explosive. My heart went out to her. She feels pulled in all directions and must find peace within herself.

Skylar is very different from Ariana. She came from the English world and has tried to fit in with her new Amish family. She has had a rough life dealing with some addiction problems. She reminds me of a little girl who wants to be accepted so bad, but her jealousy gets the best of her. Skylar is definitely not a big fan of Ariana's. There were times I felt the Amish leaders were very hard on Ariana and Skylar seemed pleased with that.

Quill to me is a hero. He has such good qualities and wants to help those who want to escape to a better life. I think if Quill hadn't been around, Ariana may not have adjusted to her new life as well. It was interesting to read how Ariana had problems giving up a few of the English ways. The author digs deep into the emotions of the characters and I could feel their pain, struggles and need for answers. The final installment in this wonderful series definitely shares about faith, forgiveness, and love. What will Ariana and Skylar decide about where they feel they belong? Don't miss this conclusion to a wonderful series where we got to know characters that find grace and loving families.

I received a copy of this book from LitFuse. The review is my own opinion.

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