Ties That Bind (Amish of Summer Grove Series #1)

Ties That Bind (Amish of Summer Grove Series #1)

by Cindy Woodsmall
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Ties That Bind (Amish of Summer Grove Series #1) by Cindy Woodsmall

Ariana’s comfortable Old Order Amish world is about to unravel. Will holding tightly to the cords of family keep them together—or simply tear them apart?

Twenty-year-old Ariana Brenneman loves her family and the Old Ways. She has two aspirations: open a café in historic Summer Grove to help support her family’s ever-expanding brood and to keep any other Amish from being lured into the Englisch life by Quill Schlabach.
 
Five years ago Quill, along with her dear friend Frieda, ran off together, and Ariana still carries the wounds of that betrayal. When she unexpectedly encounters him, she soon realizes he has plans to help someone else she loves leave the Amish. 
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Despite how things look, Quill’s goal has always been to protect Ariana from anything that may hurt her, including the reasons he left. After returning to Summer Grove on another matter, he unearths secrets about Ariana and her family that she is unaware of. His love and loyalty to her beckons him to try to win her trust and help her find a way to buy the café—because when she learns the truth that connects her and a stranger named Skylar Nash, Quill knows it may upend her life forever.      
 
Ties That Bind is the first novel in the Amish of Summer Grove series.

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ISBN-13: 9781601426994
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/08/2015
Series: Amish of Summer Grove Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 187,545
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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.

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Ties That Bind 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Really enjoyed this book. Loved the way the story played out.
4Gazpacho More than 1 year ago
On the surface, Ariana's Amish family was typical for their small community of Summer Grove. Many siblings, in their teens or older milled about the kitchen in the early mornings getting ready for a full day of activities either with small children in tow or assisting those families with small children. Some like Ariana were preparing breakfast and others were getting ready to do chores. A contentedness pervaded the atmosphere most of the time. They enjoyed each others' company. But under the many layers of familiarity lay some rumblings of discontent. No one spoke openly about these feelings, but they were there nonetheless. It was a vague awareness that something disruptive could dispel their peace at any moment and change the entire family dynamics. What would be the trigger? This is the first of three parts in the series. It features an unexpected twist of fortune that seems plausible, and possibly even probable. There are many great and positive things in this family saga, such as relationship building that I absolutely love. However, it seems inevitable that tension builds and two worlds collide with Ariana's good friend caught up in the middle. Don't expect a major resolution of the primary tension by the end of this first book, because it builds and leads directly into the next book. You definitely need to prepare to read the second book right away because of the high amount of suspense and heart break. This was so well written, that I was feeling with the Brenneman family when circumstances broke wide open. It's getting to the point where I will read any book by this author because they are that good. Ms. Woodsmall puts her entire heart into what she writes. What she creates is impactful, both heart warming and heart wrenching, view shifting, and absolutely real. She's a writer that knows how to pull heartstrings with what she writes. In this particular series, she plays on misunderstandings that come between close friends when one party must keep secrets for the sake of confidentiality. The secret he must keep makes Quill look bad in the eyes of the Amish. Such is the misunderstanding that it rocks Ariana's world because she has lost trust in her good friend. And other circumstances are wearing her trust in others very thin. My favorite part of the book centers again around Ariana. She is stubborn and that persistence is what helps her family keep their heads above turbulent waters. She is determined to buy a cafe in downtown Summer Grove so that she can lift her family out of the poverty they have been in for years. She works hard and finally succeeds beyond even her expectations. I couldn't help but root for her efforts to do something so thoughtful for her family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story so much that I purchased the next part of the story - I have to see what happens next! **** esk 08/2017 ****
Shopgirl152ny1 More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful, fascinating story! Twenty-year-old Ariana Brenneman loves to bake and wants to open a cafe to help her large family have a little more breathing room financially. She and her twin brother have been saving for years toward that goal. She's just started dating a man she could get serious about and her life starts to feel like it's all coming together. Suddenly, she runs into Quill, the man she loved as a teenager who had left the Amish community behind along with her good friend. It's been five long years and she finds out that he's been helping people leave the Amish and someone in her family is next. Quill had his reasons for leaving, ones he still can't share with Ariana. He wants to protect her, though, and soon is asked by her parents to dig into the circumstances surrounding her birth. He wants Ariana to trust him again, but knows that when the truth comes out, he may lose it forever. As he digs for the truth, he also tries to help Ariana figure out a way to earn the rest of the money so she can close on the cafe. He knows she'll need that victory to deal with the truth that's coming to light about her connection to a girl named Skylar Nash. There were a couple unique aspects that really made this book stand out. Most Amish books don't deal with the negative aspects of Amish life so to show a man who not only has left the Amish, but is also helping others leave was interesting. The situation with Ariana and Skylar was fascinating, too, but I won't reveal what that was about! I really liked Ariana and her twin, especially the situation with his unrequited love for a certain girl. Both Ariana and Quill had a strong faith. I liked the interesting conversations they would have. Quill was really an upstanding guy who put other people ahead of himself. There were some cute romantic moments. I'm excited to see where the series goes! There were so many fascinating situations to be resolved. Cindy Woodsmall is one of my favorite authors of Amish fiction. I highly recommend it! I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
Ties That Bind is book one in the Amish of Summer Grove series and I suggest you read them in order, as this is a story you don't want to miss. It grabs your attention from the first sentence of, " Gnarled fingers of smoke seeped under the closed door of the old house" and doesn't disappoint throughout. This is not just an Amish story, but a story with depth of characters and real emotional struggles. The characters continue to grow and change and some unexpected turns take place that engross the reader. This is a journey that I'm glad I have started. You won't be disappointed with Ms. Woodsmall's gifted way of capturing the word on paper. I highly recommend this. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
An emotional journey of discovery and family... Ties That Bind The Amish of Summer Grove #1 By Cindy Woodsmall Ariana Brenneman loves Her Amish life and can't understand why anyone would ever want to leave it behind and face separation from friends and family left behind. And she's never been able to get over the fact that the man she had hoped to marry turned his back on his Amish roots five years ago. But Quill Schlabach has made a reappearance in Summer Grove and Ariana fears that his presence means yet more Amish are about to slip away and be lost to her forever. But Ariana only knows the story that was told to her she doesn't know it all (and the reader is left to discover the truth as the story unfolds). But an even bigger secret is about to be revealed, one that could threaten everything Ariana has ever known and unfortunately for Quill he is about to find himself smack-dab in the center of everything. Meanwhile living a life that is as unAmish as one could possibly get is Skylar Nash a young woman who is struggling with who she is and even her totally dysfunctional family. Skylar's passion is acting and the life of a performer. Unfortunately, she feels she plays the part of failure all too well when it comes to her day-to-day life. She is on a slow descent into a path she may never get out of. And Skylar's actions are about to set her on a path she doesn't want. What are the ties that bind one together as a family? Is it blood? Is it the household in which one was raised? And what makes a community a community? This is a question that is woven throughout this story but don't expect an answer by the end as this is but the first in a three book series. (But don't fret book 2 is out and the conclusion will be available in August). This is a story that will touch the heart of any reader. Secrets, betrayal, and family are the focus of this book and I for one can't wait to see where the second book Fraying at the Edge leads. I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
tiggeruoSO More than 1 year ago
Ariana is faced with some news she would rather have not received and now she just has to find away to keep her family together. She also comes face to face with Quill and face she thought she would never see again. Can she see her dreams come true and help her family or will it all come to head with secrets that are being kept? Quill is back home to check on his mom when he runs into the one girl who has always held his heart and the one person he has never wanted to hurt. But when she finds out he has a bunch a secrets can he convince her he's only trying to help her not hurt her? This book is really not about a love story I would say I would say this book is about finding out who you are and finding yourself and finding hope when it seems like there is none. I really loved how with this book while there was a little romance stirring the book, the book was more about the importance of family and how important it was to valve and to belong. I really enjoyed that the author did not try and sugarcoat anything, she didn't try and make anyone perfect, but she made each one you interacted with in the story have some sort of struggle. While Ariana and Quill seem to be the main characters in the story there are a few other characters but it was easy to follow who was who and what was going on. I think there was one small tiny part that I loved how over all the story flowed and I found the book completely hard to put down. I can't wait to find out what happens next.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
Ties That Bind is book 1 in The Amish of Summer Grove Series written by Cindy Woodsmall. Twenty years ago three babies were born at an Amish birthing center as a fire swept through the center. As Lovina was waiting for her baby to be born she embroidered baby's feet on the baby blankets that her baby would be wrapped in. Lovina and Isaac had twins, a boy and a girl. While the young English girl had a baby girl. It has bothered Lovina for a long time that her little girl, Ariana, was not wrapped in the blanket she embroidered for her. She questioned this but was told the blankets got mixed up. Ariana family was poor and her dream has been to open a restaurant to help raise money to help her family. She and her twin, Abram, have been saving for years and now they have just a very short time to come up with the rest of the money. Five years earlier Ariana's friend quill left the area with her friend. Ariana thought they had left and gotten married, but they didn't. Quill's mother is ill and Quill has sneaked back to visit her. Since Ariana helps his mother, she found out Quill was back. While they were visiting, Quill suggested she have a fun raiser to get the money for the restaurant. Ariana's other brother Mark is building stage pieces for a school play when he sees a girl that looks just like his other sister. He tells his parents and they have Quill investigate whether this could be their daughter and if the girls could have gotten switched at birth. This young girl is Skylar Nash. She has been raised by her mother and step-father and father and step-mother. Her father is much older than her mother and was married at the time of her birth. They had an affair when her mother was young and though he would leave his wife for her. Skylar is a very talented actor and musician who struggles with drug addiction and keeping up with her classes. This is the beginning of a great story that takes place both in the Amish and English world. It is not the typical simple Amish story. I really like how this story shows us rules that the Amish have and how it affects them. We see a young family that is considering leaving the Amish way of life. But we also see a big loving family that work together and help each other out and prays for each other. Anyone who enjoys reading Amish will enjoy reading this book. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and I have written an honest review.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
TIES THAT BIND is the first book in Ms. Woodsmalls newest series, The Amish of Summer Grove. This is a series that is all tied together, so readers will need to read them in order – TIES THAT BIND, Fraying at the Edge, and Gathering the Threads. The good news is that you won’t have to wait long to read Gathering the Threads as it is releasing in another month. TIES THAT BIND starts slow, and at first I was confused what the fire had to do with anything, but it all ties together. Ariana is a very sweet Amish girl who loves her family with everything she has in her. She loved Quill but he hurt her deeply when he left with Ari’s best friend, and now she doesn’t trust him—especially when she discovers that he is the reason why Amish disappear in the still of the night. And when she learns that one of her family is planning on leaving she is desperate to find out who and stop them! Quill is a dear and I love his level head, his ability to think on his feet and his caring nature. Even though he loves Ariana deeply his biggest desire is to keep her from getting hurt and he’s happy for her when she finds love with another. When the upset comes, everyone is stunned and hurt and I am anxious to read Fraying at the Edge to find out what happens next! I’m sure it’s going to be a page turner. Stay tuned, as I will be reading that book soon. Don’t miss TIES THAT BIND. A spell-binding book that kept me engaged and left me anxious for more. I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
I am sure that kids that have been adopted, often wonder a lot about what life would have been like if they were raised by their birth parents, and perhaps even children from divorces often face that challenge as well. But what if you grew up knowing one way of life, and then learning that this wasn't your life after all? Could you come to terms with the results of thinking the people who raised you and your siblings weren't really yours after all? In the novel Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall, Ariana Brennerman is coming to terms with the issues of trusting those she loves. Even since dreaming of the day when her and Quill Schlabach might marry, she had her heartbroken when he ran off into the evening with her best friend Frieda and leaving her a letter trying to explain things. Now at twenty-one, she has spent her life trying to do everything she can for everyone in her family. In my world, one might call her a people-pleaser, doing for others while she is left going without. But for her, her future is looking up. She is on the verge of fulfilling a dream of owning her own restaurant with being just $6000 short of her down payment and dating Rudy, a man who have given her his whole heart. At late night encounter, leaves Ariana running into Quill once again, and all she can see is rage against the one person she trusted more than anything else in the world. The one person she loved, left her behind to marry her best friend. She can't even understand why he has returned except to help his ailing mother in any way he can. The leaders of the Amish community can't know about him being back and Ariana certainly isn't going to tell anyone, except the one person who knows her better than herself, her twin brother Abram. But when Quill informs her that someone in her family is considering leaving the faith and the community, Ariana believes it is her life mission to prevent him from hurting the only family she has ever known. But is there more to Quill than what she believes and can she learn to trust him again even if it means hurting those closest to her? I received Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall compliments of Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers.This the first novel in the Amish of Summer Grove Series and it truly begins with a powerful opening. For me, this is a more mature Cindy Woodsmall in this series. There is a more serious theme in this novel than ones I have had the opportunity to read in the past. I would almost compare this series to one from Wanda Brunstetter with a more straight-forward approach to the situation developing between the Brennerman family and those leaving the Amish faith. I absolutely inhaled this one in an afternoon and am super excited to read the next novel in the series, Fraying the Edge. For me, this one easily garners a 5 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read Amish books for awhile because they seemed so trite. But I'm glad I read this one. The characters seemed genuine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
20-year-old Ariana Brenneman loves her Amish heritage and is working hard to save money to open her own cafe. Her twin brother has been assisting her with saving money and making plans. Their mother, Lovina, loves all her children but can't stop the thought that there is something amiss with the fact that the twin's baby blankets originally had baby feet but now Ariana's doesn't. The birthing center had caught on fire the night the twins were born and an English woman also delivered a baby girl, was it possible that in the chaos the baby girls had been switched? One night, Ariana crosses paths with a friend from her youth whom she hadn't seen in five years, not since he left the Amish faith with another girl and broke her heart. Quill apologizes and hints at more heartache ahead for Ariana. With Ariana's realization that Quill has been the mysterious person helping Amish leave in the middle of the night, she quickly makes it her goal to discover which of her nine siblings must be considering leaving. After one of Ariana's brothers spots a young girl who resembles Salome their oldest sister, Ariana's parents, Issac and Lovina come to Quill for help in tracking down the girl who may be their biological daughter. Quill helps them despite the fact that he knows it could destroy the life of Ariana whom he still loves very much. Skyler Nash, an aspiring actress with big dreams and a habit of choosing men who get er into trouble, has no clue that her life is about to change. With her growing drug dependency, Skyler feels like her world is falling around her when her bad decisions catch up with her and her acting career is put on hold against her wishes. The Ties That Bind easily catches the reader's interest and hold tight and never lets go all the way to the final page. Cindy Woodsman has delivered with a great start to her new series which leaves you knowing that the second book will be a must read on your list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
20-year-old Ariana Brenneman loves her Amish heritage and is working hard to save money to open her own cafe. Her twin brother has been assisting her with saving money and making plans. Their mother, Lovina, loves all her children but can't stop the thought that there is something amiss with the fact that the twin's baby blankets originally had baby feet but now Ariana's doesn't. The birthing center had caught on fire the night the twins were born and an English woman also delivered a baby girl, was it possible that in the chaos the baby girls had been switched? One night, Ariana crosses paths with a friend from her youth whom she hadn't seen in five years, not since he left the Amish faith with another girl and broke her heart. Quill apologizes and hints at more heartache ahead for Ariana. With Ariana's realization that Quill has been the mysterious person helping Amish leave in the middle of the night, she quickly makes it her goal to discover which of her nine siblings must be considering leaving. After one of Ariana's brothers spots a young girl who resembles Salome their oldest sister, Ariana's parents, Issac and Lovina come to Quill for help in tracking down the girl who may be their biological daughter. Quill helps them despite the fact that he knows it could destroy the life of Ariana whom he still loves very much. Skyler Nash, an aspiring actress with big dreams and a habit of choosing men who get er into trouble, has no clue that her life is about to change. With her growing drug dependency, Skyler feels like her world is falling around her when her bad decisions catch up with her and her acting career is put on hold against her wishes. The Ties That Bind easily catches the reader's interest and hold tight and never lets go all the way to the final page. Cindy Woodsman has delivered with a great start to her new series which leaves you knowing that the second book will be a must read on your list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
20-year-old Ariana Brenneman loves her Amish heritage and is working hard to save money to open her own cafe. Her twin brother has been assisting her with saving money and making plans. Their mother, Lovina, loves all her children but can't stop the thought that there is something amiss with the fact that the twin's baby blankets originally had baby feet but now Ariana's doesn't. The birthing center had caught on fire the night the twins were born and an English woman also delivered a baby girl, was it possible that in the chaos the baby girls had been switched? One night, Ariana crosses paths with a friend from her youth whom she hadn't seen in five years, not since he left the Amish faith with another girl and broke her heart. Quill apologizes and hints at more heartache ahead for Ariana. With Ariana's realization that Quill has been the mysterious person helping Amish leave in the middle of the night, she quickly makes it her goal to discover which of her nine siblings must be considering leaving. After one of Ariana's brothers spots a young girl who resembles Salome their oldest sister, Ariana's parents, Issac and Lovina come to Quill for help in tracking down the girl who may be their biological daughter. Quill helps them despite the fact that he knows it could destroy the life of Ariana whom he still loves very much. Skyler Nash, an aspiring actress with big dreams and a habit of choosing men who get er into trouble, has no clue that her life is about to change. With her growing drug dependency, Skyler feels like her world is falling around her when her bad decisions catch up with her and her acting career is put on hold against her wishes. The Ties That Bind easily catches the reader's interest and hold tight and never lets go all the way to the final page. Cindy Woodsman has delivered with a great start to her new series which leaves you knowing that the second book will be a must read on your list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
20-year-old Ariana Brenneman loves her Amish heritage and is working hard to save money to open her own cafe. Her twin brother has been assisting her with saving money and making plans. Their mother, Lovina, loves all her children but can't stop the thought that there is something amiss with the fact that the twin's baby blankets originally had baby feet but now Ariana's doesn't. The birthing center had caught on fire the night the twins were born and an English woman also delivered a baby girl, was it possible that in the chaos the baby girls had been switched? One night, Ariana crosses paths with a friend from her youth whom she hadn't seen in five years, not since he left the Amish faith with another girl and broke her heart. Quill apologizes and hints at more heartache ahead for Ariana. With Ariana's realization that Quill has been the mysterious person helping Amish leave in the middle of the night, she quickly makes it her goal to discover which of her nine siblings must be considering leaving. After one of Ariana's brothers spots a young girl who resembles Salome their oldest sister, Ariana's parents, Issac and Lovina come to Quill for help in tracking down the girl who may be their biological daughter. Quill helps them despite the fact that he knows it could destroy the life of Ariana whom he still loves very much. Skyler Nash, an aspiring actress with big dreams and a habit of choosing men who get er into trouble, has no clue that her life is about to change. With her growing drug dependency, Skyler feels like her world is falling around her when her bad decisions catch up with her and her acting career is put on hold against her wishes. The Ties That Bind easily catches the reader's interest and hold tight and never lets go all the way to the final page. Cindy Woodsman has delivered with a great start to her new series which leaves you knowing that the second book will be a must read on your list.
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
I have read every novel by Cindy Woodsmall, and loved them all. She has a way of gripping your emotions and making you really care about her characters, even though culturally they may be outwardly different from us. I quickly grew to admire Ariana as she cared for her large, poor family in so many practical ways. Her relationships with her shy twin Abram, witty boyfriend Rudy and handsome nemesis Quill are depicted perfectly, with both personal consistency yet a particular voice for each. But things are about to change, as her world is rocked by a 20 year old secret. Finding she and an "Englisch" baby were switched at birth in an Amish birthing center puts her in the position of meeting the biological parents she never knew. The other daughter, Skylar, is equally upset at this revelation. She couldn't be more different from Ariana - brash, selfish, impractical, addicted to prescription drugs. How will these two young women adjust to meeting their "new" families? Can they ever love or even understand their biological parents after so many years in different worlds? Quill provides the steady wisdom everyone needs during these challenging times, and I especially like his statement to Ariana when she begins to question who she really is: "The proof of who you are is in the decisions you make." If only Ari could see the truth behind Quill's decision to leave the Amish - then she might appreciate who her good friend really is! I loved this book, but felt the last few chapters were a bit unrealistic as Englisch dad Nicholas forces Ariana to live with them for a year in exchange for not filing charges against the Amish midwife, Rachel. In real life, I think it would have been more likely that Ariana would have married Rudy to avoid this ultimatum, and that an extended meeting with her natural parents would have sufficed. But then we wouldn't have the next book in this series to look forward to, would we?! If you enjoy good Amish fiction that explores more than prayer kapps and recipes, do yourself a favor and read Ties That Bind.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
I've never read such an intense book from the Amish genre. Ties That Bind was all I expected it to be... and so much more! From the very beginning to the very end, I was biting my nails. I was nervous, excited, and scared for Ariana and the Brenneman family, even though I didn't know exactly what was wrong! The well-hashed plot kept me turning pages until the very end. AND TALK ABOUT A CLIFF HANGER! I can't wait to get my hands on the next book! Ariana Brenneman loves her family, her faith, and her community and it shines through her personality on each page. After a devastating blow five years ago, Ariana has become fiercely protective of those she loves, so when Quill enters her life again she is understandably wary. Despite how Ariana feels, I instantly fell in love with Quill, especially after I learned why he did what he did. His deep understanding of faith and his acceptance of the consequences associated with his choices made him my favorite character in the book. I *hope* Quill and Ariana end up together. He is definitely my choice for her! (HINT HINT Cindy Woodsmall!!) The statement that touched me the most, and the one I feel relates to the message of the story for all characters involved is this: "I used to think I wasn't strong enough to face my future. But eventually I learned that I only have to face today, and that's where our loving God, faithful family, and good friends come in. Each brings something to the day that strengthens us - just enough, but who needs more than just enough?" Wow.... just wow. I cannot tell you how much that statement just knocked me off my feet. Who needs more than just enough?. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Ariana's story and cannot wait to see what the future holds for her and the Brenneman family. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review.*
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
Twenty year-old Ariana Brenneman’s comfortable Old Order Amish world is about to unravel. Her childhood friend, Quill Schlabach, mysteriously disappeared five years ago with her dear friend, Frieda, and she no longer trusts him. When he suddenly reappears Ariana realizes he has plans to help another leave the Amish. Quill has always wanted to protect Ariana from the truth and when he learns secrets about Ariana and her family will he be able to earn her trust? When Ariana learns the truth will her faith in God give her the grace she needs to extend forgiveness? The story is captivating and a page-turner, and I look forward to Book Two to continue the story of Ariana, her family and Quill.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
I connected with the characters in this novel quickly, especially Ariana and Quill. Even now as I think about certain scenes in the book, tears form in my eyes. Yep, I'm a sap. I expected a happily-ever-after ending and was a bit disappointed as this seems to be part one in the series. While it "might" stand-alone, it leaves a lot of questions. All that said, I enjoyed the story a great deal, and am anxious for book two because I want to know what happens next. I received this novel from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
SweetPeanutsMom More than 1 year ago
I love Cindy Woodsmall's writings. Her books are not mere fluff and give up some characters who are usually going through a rough patch in life. When I get tired of the usual Amish fiction Cindy's books make me fall in love again. Ties that Bind is book 1 in Cindy's new series The Amish of Summer Grove. I have to tell you that starting off I felt myself getting confused as to if this was truly book 1. There is so much going on and the characters seemed to be already so well fleshed out that I felt as if I missed something. Not so. If you feel the same way at first just hang on and keep reading. It may take a little while to get into it but it's worth it. Since you can read the synopsis above I'm not going to rehash the storyline and give away any juicy tidbits. I will recommend that you be prepared to sit back and really get into this book. It's not flighty reading so you will need your wits about you to keep the characters straight and deal with the frustration you will experience at the end when all is not tighly wrapped up in a bow ;) Take Ties that Bind with you on vacation and be prepared to enjoy Amish Fiction again.
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MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Another great read by Cindy Woodsmall, I quickly got caught up in this story, and there are a lot of twists and turns, and when we are finished you won’t have all of the answers. Quill wanted to be Amish, unlike his older brothers who left the faith, but a dark happening compelled him to honor his father and he left with a young Amish woman. You will be shocked when you find out why, but that is only part of the story. The book begins with three babies being born in an Amish birthing place, with a fire raging inside. Fast-forward twenty years, and the world that all of them have know is about to be shattered. I really had mixed feelings on how this should all end, these people are now really adults and yet the Amish remain loyal to their families, but what about the English child? Her life doesn’t appear so rosy, and I wanted her to go to her roots, but what is the cost of straightening out an old error. Can’t wait for the next book to get some answers here, and although what I want to happen probably won’t, we will just have to wait. I received this book through Blogging For Books, and was not required go give a positive review.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was such a fantastic story. It was so different than most of the other Amish stories I have read. What would anyone do if they found out their child was switched with another child at birth. This is so well done. It is going to be hard waiting for the next book in this series. I love all the characters. How will Ariana and Skylar handle trading places for a while. This would be hard for anyone. I received this book from Blogging for Books for a fair and honest opinion.
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Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Ties That Bind is a unique story with a compelling plot, unlike any other I’ve read in Amish fiction. Cindy Woodsmall intertwines the Old Order Amish world with the Englisch, as secrets are unearthed and faith is tested. "Ariana’s comfortable Old Order Amish world is about to unravel. Will holding tightly to the cord of family keep them together or simply tear them apart?" Ties That Bind tugged at my heartstrings, and its cliff-hanger conclusion left me anxious for more. I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in The Amish of Summer Grove series and highly recommend it to fans of Amish fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.