Ties That Bind #1
Ties That Bind #1   -     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. Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An emotional journey of discovery and family
    July 26, 2017
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Ties That Bind

    The Amish of Summer Grove #1

    By Cindy Woodsmall

    Ariana Brenneman loves Her Amish life and can't understand why anyone would ever want to leave it behind and face separation from friends and family left behind. And she's never been able to get over the fact that the man she had hoped to marry turned his back on his Amish roots five years ago.

    But Quill Schlabach has made a reappearance in Summer Grove and Ariana fears that his presence means yet more Amish are about to slip away and be lost to her forever. But Ariana only knows the story that was told to her she doesn't know it all (and the reader is left to discover the truth as the story unfolds). But an even bigger secret is about to be revealed, one that could threaten everything Ariana has ever known and unfortunately for Quill he is about to find himself smack-dab in the center of everything.

    Meanwhile living a life that is as unAmish as one could possibly get is Skylar Nash a young woman who is struggling with who she is and even her totally dysfunctional family. Skylar's passion is acting and the life of a performer. Unfortunately, she feels she plays the part of failure all too well when it comes to her day-to-day life. She is on a slow descent into a path she may never get out of. And Skylar's actions are about to set her on a path she doesn't want.

    What are the ties that bind one together as a family? Is it blood? Is it the household in which one was raised? And what makes a community a community? This is a question that is woven throughout this story but don't expect an answer by the end as this is but the first in a three book series. (But don't fret book 2 is out and the conclusion will be available in August).

    This is a story that will touch the heart of any reader. Secrets, betrayal, and family are the focus of this book and I for one can't wait to see where the second book Fraying at the Edge leads.

    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.
  2. BebeLee
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great start to a great series
    July 24, 2017
    BebeLee
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Ties That Bind is a captivating and at times, heartbreaking read that will draw you in from the beginning. This book is the first in The Amish of Summer Grove series. Readers will be transported into the lives of Ariana Brenneman and her family and their traditional Amish way of living. But just what is mysterious Quill Schlabach up to and what exactly is Ariana's connection with Englisch Skylar Nash?

    I am honored to be chosen as one of the members of Cindy Woodsmall's book launch team for her new release. I really enjoyed this first book in The Amish of Summer Grove series and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
  3. Sarah O
    California
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A story of imperfection
    July 22, 2017
    Sarah O
    California
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Ariana is faced with some news she would rather have not received and now she just has to find away to keep her family together. She also comes face to face with Quill and face she thought she would never see again. Can she see her dreams come true and help her family or will it all come to head with secrets that are being kept? Quill is back home to check on his mom when he runs into the one girl who has always held his heart and the one person he has never wanted to hurt. But when she finds out he has a bunch a secrets can he convince her he's only trying to help her not hurt her?

    This book is really not about a love story I would say I would say this book is about finding out who you are and finding yourself and finding hope when it seems like there is none. I really loved how with this book while there was a little romance stirring the book, the book was more about the importance of family and how important it was to valve and to belong. I really enjoyed that the author did not try and sugarcoat anything, she didn't try and make anyone perfect, but she made each one you interacted with in the story have some sort of struggle. While Ariana and Quill seem to be the main characters in the story there are a few other characters but it was easy to follow who was who and what was going on. I think there was one small tiny part that I loved how over all the story flowed and I found the book completely hard to put down. I can't wait to find out what happens next.
  4. Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Ties That Bind
    July 19, 2017
    Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Ties That Bind is the first book from The Amish of Summer Grove series. I have to say this is one of the best Amish novels I have read so far. I was captivated from the start all the way to the end. There are several different story lines throughout the book and quite a cliffhanger on the last page, making me want to immediately pick up the second book of the series, Fraying at the Edge. I cannot wait to see what happens next.

    Highly recommended!

    100 stars.

    This book is from my own personal collection. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
  5. Helen M
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beginning of a great series
    July 9, 2017
    Helen M
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Ties That Bind is book 1 in The Amish of Summer Grove Series written by Cindy Woodsmall. Twenty years ago three babies were born at an Amish birthing center as a fire swept through the center. As Lovina was waiting for her baby to be born she embroidered baby's feet on the baby blankets that her baby would be wrapped in. Lovina and Isaac had twins, a boy and a girl. While the young English girl had a baby girl. It has bothered Lovina for a long time that her little girl, Ariana, was not wrapped in the blanket she embroidered for her. She questioned this but was told the blankets got mixed up.

    Ariana family was poor and her dream has been to open a restaurant to help raise money to help her family. She and her twin, Abram, have been saving for years and now they have just a very short time to come up with the rest of the money.

    Five years earlier Ariana's friend quill left the area with her friend. Ariana thought they had left and gotten married, but they didn't. Quill's mother is ill and Quill has sneaked back to visit her. Since Ariana helps his mother, she found out Quill was back. While they were visiting, Quill suggested she have a fun raiser to get the money for the restaurant.

    Ariana's other brother Mark is building stage pieces for a school play when he sees a girl that looks just like his other sister. He tells his parents and they have Quill investigate whether this could be their daughter and if the girls could have gotten switched at birth.

    This young girl is Skylar Nash. She has been raised by her mother and step-father and father and step-mother. Her father is much older than her mother and was married at the time of her birth. They had an affair when her mother was young and though he would leave his wife for her. Skylar is a very talented actor and musician who struggles with drug addiction and keeping up with her classes.

    This is the beginning of a great story that takes place both in the Amish and English world. It is not the typical simple Amish story. I really like how this story shows us rules that the Amish have and how it affects them. We see a young family that is considering leaving the Amish way of life. But we also see a big loving family that work together and help each other out and prays for each other.

    Anyone who enjoys reading Amish will enjoy reading this book.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher and I have written an honest review.
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