Today I am reviewing Ties That Bind, the first book in The Amish of Summer Grove series by Cindy Woodsmall.
Here is a brief synopsis:
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.
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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Wow! Cindy Woodsmall is such an amazing author!
Ms. Woodsmall took a problem I never thought I’d see in Amish fiction – a problem so rare I’ve only seen it mentioned in another series one time – and she made it work.
Right at the beginning you get completely drawn in… and you can’t put the book down… there’s smoke coming in the room, so you know there’s a fire. Talk about a good opening – this is a great one!
I’m a bit weird in that I love to read Amish fiction – without the English world coming in to make trouble – but Cindy handled the story with an expert touch. The author does a superb job making the problem believable. And no, I’m not going to even give a hint as to what the problem is… if you want to know, you have to read the book. And let me encourage you right now – read the book.
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Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt