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Fraying at the Edge #2, in the Amish of Summer Grove series, by Cindy Woodsmall
Ariana Brenneman has grown up in an Old Order Amish family and finds out twenty years later she was switched at birth from an atheist intellectual family. She must now get to know the Nash's, her biological family. Skylar Nash is addicted to prescription drugs, has black nails & black dyed hair. She must now get to know her Amish biological family. What does the future hold?
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Publication Date: 2016
Series: Amish of Summer Grove
These "quilt blocks" sewn together made Arianas beautiful life.
When they are pulled to pieces,
will anything familiar remain?
The Old Order Amish life Ariana Brenneman loved vanished virtually overnight with the discovery that she was switched at birth twenty years ago. Now shes immersed in the Englischer world, getting to know her mother and under the authority of her biological father, an atheist intellectual with resolute plans to expand Arianas worldview. Only Quill Schlabach, a childhood friend living Englisch, can steady the tilting ground between Arianas two worlds, but can she trust him after so many betrayals?
At the same time, Skylar Nash is forced to choose rehab or spend several months with her true relatives, the large Brenneman family and their seemingly backward lifeno electricity, no technology, no fun. What the young woman cant leave behind is her addiction to illegal prescription drugs and a deep emptiness from the belief that she doesnt belong in either family.
New ties are binding Ariana and Skylar to the lives they were meant to have. Can they find the wisdom and strength theyll need to follow Gods threads into unexpected futures?
Fraying at the Edge is the second novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series.
Fraying at the Edge is the second novel in the Amish of Summer Grove series.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Sheila5 Stars Out Of 5Fraying at the EdgeOctober 31, 2016SheilaQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0i really loved this book, but then i like Cindy Woodsmall. i have read most of her books. I. am ready for book 3!
Melissa5 Stars Out Of 5Loved this bookOctober 20, 2016MelissaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved this book. What a wonderful story full of heartache and confusion. This is the second book and you could read this one without reading the first but honestly, reading the first gives this book so much more depth.
My heart just broke throughout this book. I cant even imagine all you know being ripped from you. I loved when Ariana went off on her step-sister! That was priceless and unexpected.
Skylar needs a wake up call and I kept hoping she would get one and embrace this family that wants to love her.
All of it was so confusing for the hearts of those involved in this story. But it is masterfully written and I so enjoyed picking up with these characters again and seeing what happened to them.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
KaraAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fraying at the EdgeOctober 2, 2016KaraAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Fraying at the Edge, by Cindy Woodsmall, is the second book in The Amish of Summer Grove series. It continues the story of Ariana and Skylar, who were switched at birth twenty years prior.
Ariana Brenneman finds herself suddenly in the Englischer world, under the authority of her atheistic father, who wishes to expose her to every kind of worldly experience he can imagine. She is not allowed to have any contact with her family, only with Quill Schlabach, her childhood friend who has left the Amish world and helps others leave it when they need assistance. At the same time, Skylar Nash chooses to spend the time with her biological family, the Brennemans, over going to drug rehab. She finds the Amish world every bit as shocking as Ariana finds the Englischer world, no electricity and very little time for fun. She cant imagine working so hard, not to imagine doing it without the drugs to which she has become addicted. Both young women struggle to find out if they truly belong in either family.
I enjoyed this book very much. It honestly caused one to consider the reasons behind religious beliefs and traditions. It also emphasized the importance of family, no matter the blood relation. I especially liked Cameron, who helps Ariana to experience things such as Disney movies.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Season of Change for ALLSeptember 22, 2016MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the second book in the Amish of Summer Grove series. The first book, Ties That Bind, was wonderful, but had (for me) as somewhat dissatisfying ending. And I have to admit, this next book had me equally frustrated as the "trade" of daughters switched at birth struggled to look good for anybody. Skylar resents the Brenneman family and fights withdrawal issues as her drug-providing boyfriend dumps her. Ariana is presented with a long "bucket-list" of Englisch accomplishments her biological father demands she achieve (in a new haircut and wardrobe, no less). But slowly, these young women start to look more human as Skylar forms relationships with her not-so-clueless siblings, and Ari realizes her faith was not as personal or sinless as she once imagined. Emotions boil over, and suddenly we have a real interesting book on our hands again!
Cindy Woodmall is an expert at pulling our heartstrings, and I see now that she successfully made me feel just as hopeless as either of these daughters did facing their "new' lives. The rest of the book skillfully weaves in personal growth as each daughter and parent faces their own motives and goals. Cilla, Jackson and Cameron become interesting characters in their own right. And I love the unfolding of Ari's relationship with Quill. I suspect that in the third book, he will show himself a more fitting husband than Rudy. Hmmm, how can I get my hands on an advance copy of that novel?!
I love how the Lord answered Lovina's prayer for both daughters at the unhappy beginning of this book: "God, please don't let Ariana or Skylar pay the price for my sin." By the time you put down this page-turner, both Skylar and Ariana have faced themselves honestly and willingly paid the price to start standing on their own feet. I can't wait for the conclusion of this series!
dyandLancaster, NYAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Fraying at the EdgeSeptember 21, 2016dyandLancaster, NYAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 2Value: 4Meets Expectations: 2Fraying at the Edge by Cindy Woodsmall is Book 2 in the series The Amish of Summer Grove. In book 1, it is determined that two babies were accidentally switched at birth, during a fire. The Amish family got the English baby (part of a set of twins) and the English woman got the Amish baby. In book 2, the English father (Nicholas) threatens to sue the Amish midwife and send her to jail if his now 20 year old birth-daughter does not agree to come live English for one year. The English parents also give the daughter they raised (Skylar) the option to live with her Amish family, or go to drug rehab. She chooses the Amish begrudgingly.
This story is rather predictable in how they will each do in their new worlds and leaves itself wide open for book 3. One item in particular that I do not feel was at all necessary, is a by-name description of various drugs Skylar was taking (as she puts an order in to her junkie boyfriend) and what the effects of them were on her. The story goes so far as to describe one in particular in such a way that could actually make it sound appealing to a younger reader; especially if they happen to have access to these drugs in their household through someone elses prescription (and might be feeling curious). I feel that this description gives the wrong impression of addiction and as a librarian, am concerned for the young minds who might innocently read this book.
Another area that bothered me was Nicholas and his to-do list. Items he forced Ariana to do in order to earn her right to go back home, a place she did not want to leave in the first place. He proclaims to be an atheist and was forcing his no-religion views onto her as strongly as he accused the Amish of forcing their beliefs on her. Although I have typically liked this authors books, I must say, this one took me by surprise in an unpleasant way.
I received this book free from Water Brook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.