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 Dad 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.
This is not a book I typically would have picked up myself. I was pleasantly surprised by this one though. It isn't your average Amish world that has become entirely predictable in literature. I enjoyed this book so much.
In this story, we follow the life of Ariana dreamed and longed to return home to the life she has always known. She was taken away from it, by parents of which she barely knew. Unfortunately leaving her home has had lasting affects on her. It has really changed who she is, and what she believes in. It opened her eyes see her life different. One that she cherished and loved. To make matters worse Skylar the young woman with whom she was mixed-up is still living with the Brenneman family.
Unfortunately, Skylar is really ready to leave the Brennemans. She really hasn't embraced the Amish lifestyle. She is struggling to fight her addictions. Sadly the return of Ariana is slowly threatening her new happy life.
Fast forward to Ariana's returning she is being forced to confront and deal with the suspicions of her community. Is she going to be able to reestablish her place in the community?
This is the book that concludes the series called Amish of Summer Grove. This book, Gathering the Threads, breaks the mold of this genre. It is an unusual story, that has twists and turns. It has an ending that is more powerful ending than I actually expected. The story gathers family, family, community, and faith together like threads of fabric in a blanket.
Don't let the fact that this book is the last in a series to keep you from picking it up. It would totally work as a stand alone novel. It would be just as fun. I do encourage you to read the other two books Ties that Bind as well as Fraying at the Edge.
If you are expecting a super cute, sweet little story of Amish people who live in their strict community and hold all their beliefs, this won't be for you. This is a compelling story about how the outside world comes into the community. This brings in new customs, people, and thoughts into the group. Of course something this drastic doesn't come without its problems. The solutions are hard because the community has long pushed these issue aside or not tolerated them.
The story interweaves biblical thoughts, religious differences, and government in a beautiful message. The story does have an underlining message about social injustice and a call to protect the abused.
While this story does have romantic moments, and love is wonderful in this book. It is clean and very modest read.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
About The Author:
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.