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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?
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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.
RobbyeFayeAnniston, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Gripping, Thought-provoking StoryAugust 10, 2017RobbyeFayeAnniston, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Fraying at the Edge by Cindy Woodsmall continues where Ties that Bind left off. Unlike some series, these books do not work as stand-alones.
Arianna, an Amish girl, discovers she was switched at birth, when her biological mother, an Englisher, was forced to seek a midwife when she went into labor far from home. Skyler, an Englisher, discovers she is the baby switched with Arianna. The switch occurred when their midwife's home burned down while the mothers were giving birth.
Arianna is forced to live with her biological parents, both of whom are married to people other than each other. Her father can only be labeled a tyrant, and that's putting it mildly, while her mother shows her care and concern much more kindly. Still, for Arianna, life is not happy.
Skylar receives an ultimatum to go into rehab or live with her biological parents. The ultimatum leaves her reeling. She must give up her drug providing boyfriend and all modern conveniences.
My heart ached for both girls as I read Fraying at the Edge. Both Arianna and Skylar have the rugs jerked out from beneath them with little to no warning. I cannot imagine how I would handle the same situation!
Ms. Woodsmall has written a compelling, faith filled book. We experience both Amish and Englischer lifestyles through the eyes of Arianna and Skylar. We see faith questioned through the eyes of Arianna's biological father's professed atheism, and we see faith in action through Skylar's biological families' care and concern for her. Arianna and Skylar's plights are not your typical Amish stories. However, they are well written with a gripping, thought-provoking and stimulating premise.
Fraying at the Edge is book two of the Amish of Summer Grove series.
I received both books from Waterbrook Press through Cindy Woodsmall's Launch Team. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This sequel is better than the first bookJuly 30, 2017Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Fraying at the Edge
Amish of Summer Grove #2
By Cindy Woodsmall
For twenty years Ariana knew she was a Brenneman. And she was as Amish as she could be with her certainty that whatever those in authority said was the truth. But in an unexpected twist, she discovered that what she knew to be true was not as black and white as she had always believed. Her parents weren't her birth parents and she had no siblings. And the beliefs she had always held in highest regard were being attacked to her face and she wasn't allowed to be who she had always been. And worse, another young woman, a Skylar Nash was supposed to be living the life she had had. But Ariana was willing to be separated from the people she knew and loved to protect them from the man she had discovered was her biological father.
Meanwhile, Skylar is having issues of her own - no technology of any kind, banishment to the 18th century, sharing a bedroom, and no access to pills (to help her cope). And to top it all off the Brenneman's aren't that happy to see her thanks to her not being their precious Ariana. And they expect her to work like the rest of the family. But the Brenneman's is better than her other option rehab. But Skylar's biggest issue is that her not parent parents were more than eager to throw her over for a chance at a better daughter.
For both Ariana and Skylar life has just become so confusing as they struggle to make sense of who they are with their switched at birth identities revealed. And Ariana's siblings are having to find their new place without Ariana around to carry the load and make things better. The one hardest hit with the change is Abram - Ariana/Skylar's twin. And then there is Ariana's just purchased cafe that the Brenneman's are left with operating after two weeks of Ariana's guidance. Can we just say potential disaster in the making?
As Ariana and Skylar both confront the changes that life has just thrown at them they both have choices to make. And these choices could either make or break them. And for Ariana, her only hope of holding onto what makes her who she is is if she can withstand the pressures that Nicholas is placing on her. And to do that she will need to reach out to the one person who knows what she is going through - Quill Schlabach. But can Ariana trust someone who left the faith and broke her heart five years ago? And can she hold firm to who she is while being made to take part in a world she never wanted to know? And can Skylar use this separation from the world to get her life straightened out and get clean?
This the second book in the Amish of Summer Grove series continues the theme of family and familial ties. But this time it focuses more on what makes an individual a part of a family is it blood ties, the ties of rearing, or is it a decision made of the heart? And the back and forth between Ariana and Nicholas on matters of faith and belief makes for some interesting exchanges and Quill's insights offer even greater insights.
This book is both intriguing and thoughtful. But if you haven't read book 1 Ties that Bind you have to read it first! Much of this book would lose something without the backstory provided in book 1, though there is a The story so far... synopsis to refresh the reader's memory if needed. This is an excellent book that examines life and how circumstances play a part in our lives but the biggest influence on anyone is the choices they make. I highly recommend this book and anticipate the concluding book in this series Gathering the Threads which is releasing on August 15, 2017.
I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
LucyWVAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Emotional JourneyJuly 28, 2017LucyWVAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If possible I loved this second book in The Amish of Summer Grove series more than the first one. What an emotional roller coaster for Skylar and Ariana as they are thrown into worlds they have no idea how to navigate and the self discovery of just who they are. I get so emotionally involved that my husband wonders who I'm talking about. Definitely a different take on Amish beliefs and how religion isn't about rules and regulations but freedom in Christ. Ms. Woodsmall has a way of navigating a story like a sailor in a storm at sea. Lots of upheaval but well worth the end result. Make sure you read this series, as it is top Notch.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Sarah OCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A fun readJuly 25, 2017Sarah OCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ariana is given an ultimatum to spend a year with her bio parents or her dad will sue her amish parents. She is now doing everything they want but the pressure seems to much and she wonders how much more they can expect from her before she can go back to the simple way of living. Sky is given a choice live a year with her bio parents or rehab. She feel like her parents are just trying to dump her and her problems on someone else cause now the have the "perfect" daughter. They are both faced with a new life a new future and new way at looking at things and most of all they need to work through the pain that finding they were switched and now faced with everything. Can the work beyond it and learn to accept there new families or will it all be just to much?
This amish series is completely different then some of the other amish books I have read. This book does not try to even make it seem like the amish live this certain "perfect' life, this book as well as the first one they seemed to be portrayed more as a cult. That being said it made for a very good and interesting read. This book was just as good if not better then the first one. You are all over the place with emotions, you find your self laughing, crying and getting mad. The author did an amazing job with each one of these characters, my heart broke for both girls and what they are faced with. I keep hoping that Quill and Ariana fall in love but I am sure there is so much more fun to come in the next book. Family is super important with amish and it really showed in this series. Hands down this book is worth the read.
This book is part of a series and should be read as such.
NicolePalmdale, CAAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5An Excellent Story!July 24, 2017NicolePalmdale, CAAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Fraying at the Edge (2016) by Cindy Woodsmall is the second novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series. This novel comes in all forms including eBook, and is 352 pages in length. With a full-time job and a five-year old at home, this novel took me four days to read. I received a copy of the novel from WaterBrook Press; all opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give this novel 5 STARS. This novel is a Contemporary Amish novel.
I very much enjoyed this novel. The action is fast-paced, the conflicts are exceptionally well written, and the characters are genuine!
The main characters in this novel are Ariana, Skylar, and Quill, and the narration switches between the three of them. Of the three characters, I feel the most for Ariana. Ariana has been raised Amish for the past 20 years. Now, her biological father, Nicholas, is forcing her out of what she knows in an attempt to de-Amish her. Nicholas uses every secular thing he can to persuade Ariana to rethink God, the Bible, and her strict Amish order. I felt horrified for Ariana as she was being forced to do things she didn't feel comfortable with. Nicholas gives Ariana a bucket list of things to do before he will let her back to her Amish family. One of the mandates is for her to go to a bar. She isn't even 21! And, she has no life skills to protect her from bar patrons. Thank goodness for Quill who does save the day, but this really made it hard for me to respect Nicholas. He is so adamant to prove that his atheistic beliefs are the only beliefs that he forgets to see Ariana as his child and puts her into some seriously scary situations. Over the course of the novel, Ariana does reassess herself as a woman and as a daughter of God, BUT she holds fast to her relationship with God, which helps her overcome her earthly father's seemingly harsh dictates. I really, truly loved this the most about Ariana.
One minor character I loved in this book is Cameron. Cameron is Skylar's stepsister, now Ariana's. Cameron is smart and witty and sarcastic. At first, this rubs Ariana the wrong way because Cameron is sort of making fun of Ariana's "backward" ways. Ariana stands up to Cameron, and they eventually become really close. I hope this relationship continues in the final book because I really found Cameron to be a sweetheart! She becomes a helper to Ariana, which makes navigating in this scary modern world a little less intense for Ariana.
There is so much to talk about with this book! I stopped my husband in his tracks a few times to discuss many of the various topics this book brings up. One issue I really appreciated about this book is the need for strong faith and learning how to suss out fact from fiction. When you have a true faith in God, you can truly overcome anything because you are able to lean into God in all times. Ariana overcomes her conflicts with her earthly father because she truly loves God and knows that He is there to comfort her. Once she realizes this she is able to stand up for herself and decide what is true, what thinking needs to be changed, and what beliefs she absolutely must hold fast to no matter what anyone says. I genuinely appreciate Ariana's journey throughout this novel. It reminds me a lot of my own walk with God, and the things I have had to overcome to get to the point where I am today.
This novel is beautifully written. The characters are excellent, and what they all go through definitely pulls at the heartstrings. I highly recommend this novel, and look forward to book three in the series.