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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.
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Publication Date: 2017
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.
GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Another Amazing Amish series by Cindy WoodsmallDecember 8, 2017GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The series begins with Ties that Bind followed by Fraying at the Edge before concluding with this book. I have already read quite a few of Cindy Woodsmall's series and each time I have believed that that one was the best one I have read, that is, until I would read the next series. This time I jumped in on the last book first. I don't recommend doing that with this author, because when she writes a series, they are usually books that are closely linked to each other. Fortunately, before the first chapter, this book had a running summary of the previous two books that I haven't read. It was so well summarized that I had no trouble reading this book by itself. But again, I really don't recommended that. Cindy Woodsmall's outstanding talent is to connect us deeply with her characters so that the reader forms an emotional bond and experiences the turmoil written about with the character. This is such a rare gift for a writer, so that when I find one I like to search for all their books and read them through.
That's how I feel about this series. When I read the summary, I had to chuckle. It read like a soap opera. I say that in the kindest manner possible. This series is intense, if all the books are like this one. There are several well-planned out plots, complex characters, schemes, turmoil, twists and turns, and just plain anguish laid out in the first two books that continue in this one. It was quite an amazing task to see how it all resolved. But it was definitely and happily resolved, in a way only this author can accomplish.
There are so many characters that are important to the series. Ariana is the one that stands out the most. Skylar is also another but not as much the focus as Ariana. Book three resolves a long standing issue between Ariana and Quill, a neighbor she had known since her childhood who had left the Amish years ago for reasons no one in the small community of Summer Grove really knew about and thus was a forbidden friend. Nevertheless, he plays a prominent role all throughout the series.
Among the complexity of details there arises a theme that may surprise the reader as it becomes clear. Ariana learned about bullying while she was "out in the world" with her birth father. Interestingly, bullying takes on a whole different shape and color when she encounters it in the Amish community after she returns. Had it always been there and she had never noticed before? The running questions then became how would she deal with it living at home with her parents while preparing for her upcoming marriage? This was not a cut at the Amish community by the author, but rather a commentary of society, that it can happen anywhere, even in places we don't expect to find it.
Finally, just like other books by this author, the spiritual elements of the story are authentic, realistic, respectful while helping us to gain some fresh perspectives on the character of human nature in general. Cindy Woodsmall's series are some of the best faith-based books I have ever read. They are not filled with platitudes or pat answers. Real issues are realistically dealt with that touched my heart deeply. Even though I haven't read the first two books, I know I will soon. So I can heartily recommend this series for you. If you like intense, complex characters who are not stereotypical Amish or non-Amish or former Amish, you'll love this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Blogging for Books on behalf of the author. I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
beckieAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5book 3November 26, 2017beckieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"Gathering the Threads" by Cindy Woodsmall is the third book in the Amish of Summer Grove Series. The first two are not necessary to read to follow 'Gathering' but it would be helpful. In this series, Ariana and Skylar are two 20 year olds that have discovered that they were switched at birth. Ariana was raised in an Amish home and Skylar was raised in a home of a single mother and a married father. The third novel focuses mostly on Ariana and follows the storyline of her life being governed by a herd of men who seem to live to control her and every woman around them. That is fairly standard of all women regardless of the society they are brought up in, but Ariana starts to rebel and think for herself, realizing that the threat of hell or manipulation are for the sake of the controller and not the controlee.
I really liked this book. The desperate need of men to control women is something that I take a personal interest in. It has not gone unnoticed that women are held to a different standard. A much lower standard. I recommend this book, especially to young women who are looking to find their voice. I received this book I exchange for an honest review from www.bloggingforbooks.com
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5Several twists within this series!November 11, 2017Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Amish of Summer Grove series was one that I was really excited about reading. My favorite thing to do is to read a series completely through. I've found that the books that I've "binged read" are some of my top recommendations and are the ones that I've most enjoyed. I had the privelege to do that with this series and I became attached to the characters since I spent so much time with them!
I was really curious about where this series would end up after I read the first book, Ties That Bind. Ariana finds out that she is not born into her Amish family, as she once thought. She also doesn't have a twin. But she does have an English family because she was apparently switched at birth. But she also still has an Amish fiance and her life is in the Amish. How can she set that aside? Meanwhile, Skylar, who has looked for love in all the wrong places, has the option of rehab or going to live with her Amish family that she has never met. Because Ariana's biological dad threatens to sue the midwife who delivered the girls if the Brenneman's don't allow Ariana to come live with them for one year, Ariana decides that she has to leave for the sake of the community and her family.
Book two, Fraying at the Edge, picks up where book one has left off. You could read this book separately, but it really doesn't have a recap of the story within the beginning pages. In this book, Ariana is trying to find her place in the English world. New demands are placed on her and she learns to find her footing and speak her voice. Skylar realizes that she really does love working at the coffee shop but isn't sure that she can really give up her former life or her drugs. Fraying at the Edge focuses on both girls learning to understand who they are and where they fit within their new families.
Book three, Gathering Threads, is a beautiful end to the series. The title of the book sums it up perfectly. Each girl has now flourished in their relationships with the biological families and their "adopted unofficially" families. My favorite part of this book, though, is that the relationship with Quill begins to look like it could be more of a possibility. Of course, there are obstacles and consequences from choices made, but there is also justice and forgiveness. I could not have thought of a better ending to a series than this one.
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
Carrie ShindorfCosby, MissouriAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Amish BookOctober 24, 2017Carrie ShindorfCosby, MissouriAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a story of switched at birth. Ariana Brenneman and Skyler Nash end up in the wrong homes...one being English and one being Amish. This story takes many twists and turns as the two girls are forced to spend a summer with their biological families. As you may imagine, this would be quite a shock for both girls and their families.
Skyler who should have been raised by her Amish parents has lived in the English world with all she could hope for~ only she had found herself in drugs, angry and bitter. So when she was sent to the Amish Brenneman home she made lots of trouble.
Ariana, on the other hand, had always been an obedient daughter and obeyed all the Amish rules. Not until she spent time with her biological family did she begin the question the legalism of her Amish community.
This book grabs your attention from the get-go. Both girls struggle with finding their own walk with God. Will they learn to forgive and learn to love ? This is one you want to add to your reading list.
MillstreetreaderAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A thoughtful ending to the seriesOctober 10, 2017MillstreetreaderAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3GATHERING THREADS is the third book in Cindy Woodsmall's THE AMISH OF SUMMER GROVE series and also the first book I've ever read by Woodsmall, although I recognize her name as one of the top Amish fiction authors. When given an opportunity to read and review GATHERING THREADS I wondered if not having read the first two books would present a problem. For the first time ever, I found a multi-page summary, called "the story so far," at the beginning of the book. Although not filling in the full story of each characters' emotions, this summary told me enough to be off and running as I began the first page. I wish all publishers of series books would offer this simple plot summary. Avid readers know that months and even years intercede between titles within a series, and by the time we've had our hands on the latest addition, many other books and stories have crossed our paths. Just a few pages looking back could refresh readers' minds. We've all read those novels that try to fill the reader in by constantly adding little thought bubbles or flashback topics and those extras don't blend in that well. A simple summary like I found in GATHERING THREADS would be a pleasant addition.
Now for my reactions to this third novel. Ariana Brenneman, who in the previous novels found out that she and Skylar, had been placed with the wrong families after a horrendous fire at the birthing center, returns to the Amish community where she grew up after spending several months with her "real Englisch" family. Despite wanting to come back to life with the Brennemans and the cafe she had been planning when her life changed forever, Ariana can't seem to get her footing. No longer can she accept her daed's demands without questioning them, especially when he chooses the rulings of the bishop over listening to her concerns. Her fiance Rudy seems to be a bit more understanding, but her needs to stay connected to her Englisch father (an atheist, but a seeking one) and to Quill, a former Amish whose departure left the community with unanswered questions, threaten the young couple's future plans. Meanwhile Skylar who is the real Brenneman daughter (and sister to twin Abrahm) lives with her Amish parents, but does not embrace the faith. Ariana's return and her problems bring out Skylar's jealousy and insecurities. Woodsmall's plot did not follow the simplistic
lines that I expected; not everyone chooses the Amish way over the worldly one. Blind, unthinking allegiance to authority is questioned and challenged. Exposure to knowledge just for knowledge's sake is considered and its value embraced by some. I have shied away from Amish fiction because I find the characters and plots too simplistic. A few strict Amish moved to our small Wisconsin rural community about 40 years ago, and we are now one of the largest Amish settlements in Wisconsin. We have Amish neighbors all around us; we shop their businesses, see their schools, and more. When I read Amish fiction, I want realistic, not idolized portrayals. I think Woodsmall did a good job of presenting a young woman who finds herself exposed to more of the "world" than most Amish. What her family accepts would not happen in our area, but it was an ending that fit this story.
I received a copy of this novel from Litfuse. All opinions are mine.