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Having explored her relationship with her biological family, Arian Brenneman has returned to the Amish family that raised her. Her Amish father sees that she is questioning his authority and worries that her influence may cause an uprising with his entire family. Skyler Nash is Arian’s birth sister and now living with the Brenneman’s, her biological family. Skyler’s identity and sobriety is at risk with the return of Arian. The sisters will now learn the true meaning of family and community.
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Amish of Summer Grove
Will Arianas 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 shes 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, Arianas Daed doesnt 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 Arianas arrival threatens to unravel Skylars new identityand 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.
Just Commonly4 Stars Out Of 5Emotional journey comes to an endSeptember 21, 2017Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0". . . the Thread Gatherer. . . life was like an heirloom quilt that life ripped at the seams, and gatherers. . . took the frayed pieces and worked with them until the quilt could fulfill its purpose once again." (19)
Gathering the Threads is the third and conclusion to Cindy Woodsmall's The Amish of Summer Grove series. Unfortunate for me, I've not the pleasure of reading the first two installments of the series, and therefore did felt a little disconnected with the characters. Despite that, the author did a great job in providing readers with a summary of both books prior to the start of this one. As to events, I was up-to-date, so to speak.
I've always wanted to pick up one of Cindy Woodsmall's stories, since I've heard such good things, and that I'm a big Amish fiction fan. Though I wished I would've known Gathering the Threads was a continuation, I'd would've read the first two. However, I'm not disappointed at all. The author crafted a great story with many intricacies in plots and character developments that interest me as a reader, and kept me guessing.
"You knew I need you. . . the day came when my world crashed around me. . . I need you in order to survive in that chaos. . ." (329)
I enjoyed the theme set forth, as well as the underlying premise of "switched at birth" and cultural nurture versus innate being. The emotional angst and confusion continues as a theme through the series, I'm sure, but additional messages of self-reflection to understanding, bullying and faith took its turn in Gathering the Threads. I did find the process a little on the slow side. However, the ending came rather abruptly, but concise.
"People's ability to understand and navigate their own minds and emotions are the same either way. Neither side is better at it than the other - just different. " (224)
In all, Gathering the Threads was an emotional journey for the characters for sure, and I'd imagine for readers that followed this series from beginning to end.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5GREAT!!September 17, 2017Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5GATHERING THE THREADS is the third and final book in this series, and I highly recommend readers read the books in order, starting with Ties that Bind and Fraying at the Edge.
Ariana is back with the Amish - in person - but the Englisch world has left some gulfs between her old world and her new one. Bridges need to be built but whether Ariana is truly accepted in her old home remains to be seen. The bishop, preacher, and deacon seem against her and preach about her sins -- as if it was her fault she was reunited with her biological parents.
I absolutely LOVED Gabe. He is a total sweetheart, kind, considerate, and so calm. He loved his family with everything he had in him, but was called to sometimes do dangerous jobs.
Ari broke my heart, struggling to fit into both worlds, and yet stay true to herself. But who is she? Will she ever find her place?
I couldn't put this book down and read it in spurts across two days. I loved this entire series. Highly recommended. Don't miss GATHERING THE THREADS.
I received this book free. All opinions are my own.
kickiInyokern, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5LukewarmSeptember 14, 2017kickiInyokern, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2I became a fan of Cindy's work with, "When the Heart Cries." But this last series, "The Amish of Summer Grove" simply misfired and left me with the same sensation as a cup of lukewarm tea. Quill's and Ariana's romance was a given from the first book. However, there was nothing about it that I enjoyed with Rudy being duped and discarded. Ariana was, as Skylar perfectly points out was, "...not the same girl in any way as when I met you." In truth, the transformation was not for the better. I found the lack of an identifiable and enjoyable character the basis for my ho-hum feeling about the ending of this series. Sisters of the Quilt had hard hitting issues with outcomes that were not always what you wanted; but engaging and believable. Also, I got tired of the continual run-around with the cafe scenario. Wish Cindy had, 'gathered the threads' of this story into a neater woven pattern.
bsnksmom5 Stars Out Of 5A Satisfying Close to a Great Storyline!September 6, 2017bsnksmomQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Gathering the Threads, Book 3 in the Amish of Summer Grove series by Cindy Woodsmall, draws the series to a very satisfying close for all of the featured characters. Ariana Brenneman has cut her year of living Englisch short and returned to the bosom of her Amish family but can anything be the same? Skylar Nash still rebels against the Amish life shes been forced into but, when push comes to shove, will she leave the one place shes found love, acceptance and friendship and the one place shes managed to clean up her drug habit?
This was such a great story-line. Three babies, born the same night in an Amish birthing center - two girls-one boy and a fire at the birthing center necessitates a total evacuation of the rooms. In the hubbub, the two girls are switched. One is sent home and raised in a very liberal Englisch home surrounded by wealth. The other is raised as one of nine children of Isaac and Lovina Brenneman and half of a set of twins. The familys poverty prompts Ariana to do everything in her power to bring in more money. She and her twin, Abram, work outside the home, scrimping and saving to purchase a caf in town. With help from their no-longer-Amish friend, Quill Schlabach, the two finally have enough to make the purchase. Just as that happens, another brother sees Skylar in a play and sees her amazing resemblance to their older sister. He enlists Quills help and Quill discovers the possible switch.
When Arianas Englisch parents learn that their daughter isnt really their daughter, they threaten to sue the elderly midwife unless Ariana comes to live with them for a year. She acquiesces to save the midwife from jail. Three months in, she finally convinces her birth father that hes attempting to brainwash her just like hes been accusing the Amish of doing. Shes read books, gone to movies, seen plays and seen more of America than shes ever seen before. Contrite, he agrees to send her home to her family, her fianc Rudy and her caf. Now that her world has been expanded, will she be able to submit to the authority of the men in her life? Will doing whats right cost her everything?
The ending of this series was very unexpected, but very necessary for the entire community that the Brennemans were a part of. It was a lesson in the adage, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I loved that, even though Ariana was a good, Amish girl, she was still willing to stand by her principles and not allow those in power over her to dictate her actions. In the end, her actions shone a light on many things that were wrong and that had been handled wrong for many years.
As I said before, Gathering the Threads is book 3 in the Amish of Summer Grove series. I do not recommend reading only this one. The books are meant to be read in order and build on one another. As such, none of them would be considered a stand-alone novel. That said, the books are too good not to read the whole series. By the end, I was wholly invested in the lives of each of the characters and would encourage any Amish fiction lover to start with Ties that Bind, move on to Fraying at the Edge and tie things up nicely at the end with Gathering the Threads. You wont be sorry you did!
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Loved this SeriesAugust 31, 2017Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved this series!! Not only is the cover of this book eye-catching, but the content is soul-catching! I was sad to see the series come to an end. I read the whole series in less than a week. Once I began book one, I couldn't stop until I got through book three. I am so glad, I had the privilege of reading them back to back. I am not sure I could have waited months for the release of the next book.
Cindy wrapped the series up so nicely with this book. I was so glad to see a happy ending. She had me a little worried there for a while. In this book, Ariana, is really struggling. Since she returned home from living in the English world with her other family, nothing seems like it used to be. She doesn't feel like she really knows who she is. There are so many ideas floating in her head. Her Amish family is also having a hard time adjusting to the fact that she has changed. Ariana is not sure how to find a balance between the two worlds. She is not longer the girl set in her Amish ways that left. Being on her own, and studying the Bible and history has opened her eyes to a whole new world of ideas, not all bad. She is still strong in her faith, only not necessarily the way her parents or community leaders had hoped. As her parents, the Amish leaders and Rudy, her boyfriend, try to mold her to their will, she continues to remain true to God and self.
What I enjoyed most about this book was Ariana's confidence in God and in her ability to think for herself. I enjoyed watching her grow as a woman and spiritually. She compared the ideas presented to Scripture and gained her strength from following God, not just blindly being led by those around her. She was not willingly stirring up strife, but it certainly seemed to follow her. She was also willing to submit to the authority of her parents, but not blindly so. I also enjoyed watching the other characters in the book change and grow.
This book was so moving. I felt like I knew each of the characters and was part of their lives. When they hurt, I hurt. When they celebrated, so did I. I hated to say goodbye.
I was blessed with a free copy of this book courtesy of Blogging for Books. All opinions are my own and I was not asked to review positively.