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.
As part of the Litfuse Bloggers Program, I was able to join in on the Blog Tour for Gathering the Threads by Cindy Woodsmall. I knew my mom, Gloria loved this author, so I signed up for this tour right away, got my mom the book and asked her to read and review for us. Here’s what Gloria shared:
“Gathering the Threads is the third and final novel in the Amish of Summer Grove series. The first book, Ties That Bind, is the story of two young women, Ariana Brinkman and Skyler Nash, who are switched at birth. Ariana is raised by an Amish family in the Old Order Amish community. The mistake is discovered, and in the second book, Fraying at the Edge, the women trade places. Ariana goes out into the world to live with her wealthy Englisch biological family to learn new things and Skyler rebels but goes to live the Amish life making her one of the nine children of Isaac and Lovina Brenneman, where she experiences the Amish way of life for the first time. Skyler is threatened by Ariana’s return and she’s afraid she’ll lose her identity as well as the sobriety she has maintained for the last three months. Will Skyler stay in the Amish community or return to her previous way of life?
Ariana is struggling, nothing is the same including the way she views the Amish way of living. With mixed emotions, she does not know who she really is and there are so many voices in her head telling her what to do. Her Amish family is having a hard time accepting the new Ariana. Her boyfriend Rudy wants the old Ariana and he tries to convince her to the ways of her parents and the Amish community. Gathering the Threads is Ariana realizing who she was and now deciding who she wants to be. Quill Sclabach is her non-Amish friend who tries to help Ariana discover who she is and how to make her own way with the conflicts between both worlds.
This is an excellent book, not your typically sweet, quaint story of the people who are of Amish Christian beliefs. The characters are well developed and felt so real that when they cried, I cried with them and whenever they were happy, I felt their joy. Gathering the Threads was a wonderful conclusion to the series. I look forward to reading more of Cindy Woodsmall’s books.”