Ties That Bind   -     By: Cindy Woodsmall
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Ties That Bind #1, in the Amish of Summer Grove series, by Cindy Woodsmall

Five years ago, Quill Schlabach persuaded Ariana’s friend to leave the Amish Community.  He is back in Summer Grove and now has plans to lure another girl away.  Ariana wants to put a stop to this.  What is the hidden truth that Quill learns about Ariana and her family?  Is he out to harm or help her?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: WaterBrook
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1601426992
ISBN-13: 9781601426994
Series: Amish of Summer Grove

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Ariana’s comfortable Old Order Amish world is about to unravel. Will holding tightly to the cords of family keep them together—or simply tear them apart?

Twenty-year-old Ariana Brenneman loves her family and the Old Ways. She has two aspirations: open a café in historic Summer Grove to help support her family’s ever-expanding brood and to keep any other Amish from being lured into the Englisch life by Quill Schlabach.
 
Five years ago Quill, along with her dear friend Frieda, ran off together, and Ariana still carries the wounds of that betrayal. When she unexpectedly encounters him, she soon realizes he has plans to help someone else she loves leave the Amish. 
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Despite how things look, Quill’s goal has always been to protect Ariana from anything that may hurt her, including the reasons he left. After returning to Summer Grove on another matter, he unearths secrets about Ariana and her family that she is unaware of. His love and loyalty to her beckons him to try to win her trust and help her find a way to buy the café—because when she learns the truth that connects her and a stranger named Skylar Nash, Quill knows it may upend her life forever.      
 
Ties That Bind is the first novel in the Amish of Summer Grove series.

Author Bio

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times, CBA, ECPA, and USA Today best-selling author who has written over a dozen works of fiction and one of nonfiction book. Her connection with the Amish community has been widely featured in national media outlets. She's been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains.

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  1. Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Two worlds collide
    September 22, 2016
    Magister
    Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have read every novel by Cindy Woodsmall, and loved them all. She has a way of gripping your emotions and making you really care about her characters, even though culturally they may be outwardly different from us. This book really examines those differences.

    I quickly grew to admire Ariana as she cared for her large, poor family in so many practical ways. Her relationships with her shy twin Abram, witty boyfriend Rudy and handsome nemesis Quill are depicted perfectly, with both personal consistency yet a particular voice for each. But things are about to change, as her world is rocked by a 20 year old secret. Finding she and an "Englisch" baby were switched at birth in an Amish birthing center puts her in the position of meeting the biological parents she never knew. The other daughter, Skylar, is equally upset at this revelation. She couldn't be more different from Ariana - brash, selfish, impractical, addicted to prescription drugs. How will these two young women adjust to meeting their "new" families? Can they ever love or even understand their biological parents after so many years in different worlds?

    Quill provides the steady wisdom everyone needs during these challenging times, and I especially like his statement to Ariana when she begins to question who she really is: "The proof of who you are is in the decisions you make." If only Ari could see the truth behind Quill's decision to leave the Amish - then she might appreciate who her good friend really is!

    I loved this book, but felt the last few chapters were a bit unrealistic as Englisch dad Nicholas forces Ariana to live with them for a year in exchange for not filing charges against the Amish midwife, Rachel. In real life, I think it would have been more likely that Ariana would have married Rudy to avoid this ultimatum, and that an extended meeting with her natural parents would have sufficed. But then we wouldn't have the next book in this series to look forward to, would we?!

    If you enjoy good Amish fiction that explores more than prayer kapps and recipes, do yourself a favor and read Ties That Bind.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Ties That Bind
    July 15, 2016
    Mackenzie Carol
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Ties That Bind is the first book in Cindy Woodsmalls The Amish of Summer Grove series, and is also the first book I have ever read by her. I wasnt entirely sure what to expect going in, but I was pleasantly surprised by how wonderful this story is! It captivated me from the moment I first read the synopsis, and Im still dying to know the whole of the story. Though I am fully aware of a good amount of the secrets that all of the characters hold now that Ive finished the book, I still want to know how everything works out in the end. Im already sooooo ready to read the next book in the series, so Im super glad it comes out next month.

    Ariana Brenneman is by far one of my favorite Amish women I have ever been introduced to (in the books Ive read of course). She is so sweet, and brave, and loving, and always cares for her large family, and I just know if circumstances were differentand if she were realwe would definitely be friends. I absolutely love her relationship with her twin, Abram, as well. They are so, so close, and their bond makes me wish I had a twin of my own. Most of all, though, I love how Ari handles everything that is thrown at her throughout the course of this book. She handles everything, even the worst nightmares, with such an amazing amount of patience and grace, and I cannot help but admire her for that.

    I havent really come to a decision on what I think of Quill as of yet, so Im not going to spend very much time on him. I know he seemingly has reasons behind all of the not entirely on the up-and-up things that he has done, and I even am fully aware of some of those explanations, but I still feel like he really seems to throw Ariana under the bus every time he tries to help. I love his devotion to her and his longing to keep her safe, but really all hes ever done is just cause her pain, so I havent decided if I like him yet or not.

    All in all though, I really loved this story! Its so interesting, and there are so many elements woven together to make it captivate me from beginning to end, so I can easily give it all five bookshelves. Cindy has definitely become a favorite author of mine, and I cant wait to read more of her booksnamely the second installment, Fraying at the Edgein the future!
  3. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I can't wait to read more!
    April 12, 2016
    Shannah
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I've never read such an intense book from the Amish genre. Ties That Bind was all I expected it to be... and so much more! From the very beginning to the very end, I was biting my nails. I was nervous, excited, and scared for Ariana and the Brenneman family, even though I didn't know exactly what was wrong! The well-hashed plot kept me turning pages until the very end. AND TALK ABOUT A CLIFF HANGER! I can't wait to get my hands on the next book!

    Ariana Brenneman loves her family, her faith, and her community and it shines through her personality on each page. After a devastating blow five years ago, Ariana has become fiercely protective of those she loves, so when Quill enters her life again she is understandably wary. Despite how Ariana feels, I instantly fell in love with Quill, especially after I learned why he did what he did. His deep understanding of faith and his acceptance of the consequences associated with his choices made him my favorite character in the book. I *hope* Quill and Ariana end up together. He is definitely my choice for her! (HINT HINT Cindy Woodsmall!!)

    The statement that touched me the most, and the one I feel relates to the message of the story for all characters involved is this: "I used to think I wasn't strong enough to face my future. But eventually I learned that I only have to face today, and that's where our loving God, faithful family, and good friends come in. Each brings something to the day that strengthens us - just enough, but who needs more than just enough?" Wow.... just wow. I cannot tell you how much that statement just knocked me off my feet. Who needs more than just enough?.

    Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Ariana's story and cannot wait to see what the future holds for her and the Brenneman family.

    *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review.*
  4. Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An Amish story with unexpected twists
    January 8, 2016
    Pam Burke
    Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Cindy Woodsmall's new Amish of Summer Grove series gets off to an intriguing start with Ties That Bind.

    In addition to including many elements that are familiar in Amish fiction, this story deals with some topics not often included. Quill is an ex-Amish young man who now spends his time helping others who struggling with the choice to leave their community. How and why he does that is one of the big uncertainties throughout the story. Ariana and her family discover they have connections to the English world that could have far-reaching impacts on many people.

    Cindy has created characters who are interesting to get to know, whose lives and struggles are easy to care about. There are questions and crises, twists and turns, that keep the story moving and interesting. And the ending leaves things hanging in a way that guarantees a need to look forward to the second book in the series!

    Ties That Bind is a great read for fans of Amish fiction, just as you would expect from Cindy Woodsmall.

    Thanks to Blogging for Books for providing a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
  5. Lancaster, NY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Ties That Bind
    November 21, 2015
    dyand
    Lancaster, NY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Ties That Bind is Book One is a Series called The Amish of Summer Grove. This book is about two young women: Ariana who is raised Amish and Skylar who is raised English. Ariana has a passion for her community and relatives and feels a need to protect everyone she loves and all that she holds dear. She has dreams and is working quite hard, along with her boyfriend, to make one dream in particular come true. Skylar comes from a typically dysfunctional family and is passionate about the theater and acting, but has some problems she has to work out and some attitudes that need adjusting. She has hooked up with someone who does not have her best interests at heart and this too is affecting the path she is on.

    Quill is an Amish man who went English, but not necessarily of his own accord. Not too many people know this, or why, so he is thought of as a villain, but may not be. He and Ariana have a special relationship with feelings that may go deeper than either one of them realize. Quill also helps Amish who would like to become English and this causes Ariana to push back her true feelings for him and replace them with anger and sometimes disdain due to her protective nature. Just when Ariana thinks she may be able to trust Quill again, he becomes part of a situation which turns her life around.

    Although at first, I thought this book was an Amish spin on a television show, there is actually much more involved and book one is only the beginning. By the time I was at the end of the book, I found myself very much looking forward to book two. This book sets up what should prove to be a very interesting look at the Amish and English life styles from opposite perspectives; and I look forward to seeing what will come about for Quill when the truth about why he left finally comes out.

    I received this book free from Water Brook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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