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Gathering The Threads Review

Happy Monday! I am excited to be a part of the Litfuse Blog Tour for Cindy Woodsmall’s Gathering the Threads. Make sure you check out the blog tour at Litfuse!

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About the Book

Gathering the ThreadsGathering the Threads (WaterBrook, August 2017)

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.

Learn more, read an excerpt, and purchase a copy.

My Perspective

It can be difficult to see a series come to an end, but what a way to end it! This was such an unusual Amish tale really, and lately that is the kind of Amish books I have been looking for. I will say this – if you haven’t read the first two installments, you may be a little confused. The author did a great job in summarizing them in the beginning of this book, but let’s face it – you’ll want the whole story to connect with the characters.

We all have things we have to face when growing up. We make decisions that will have lasting effects on our lives. Ariana and Skyler had huge decisions to make here. Would they stay with what they knew, or go to the world they thought they needed to be in. Such an emotional rollercoaster, and really not just for the main characters. This decision affects to many people in their lives! Ms. Woodsmall has beautifully woven a story of friendship, following God, and how sometimes making the right decision can be extremely difficult.

While I am sorry to see their story end, perhaps we can see these lovely characters in other series to come in the future. Cindy Woodsmall has always been an author I have enjoyed reading, and this book is no exception to that rule. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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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