26 August 2015

Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall

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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.  

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.

Every book I have read by Cindy Woodsmall has been absolutely wonderful, and this statement certainly includes Ties That Bind, her newest novel and the first in her Amish of Summer Grove series. In this novel, she introduces a cast of interesting Amish and Englisch characters, who cross paths with surprising circumstances and dramatic secrets. The drama is well-paced and kept me interested and intrigued from start to finish. I can’t wait to see what is next in store for these characters, but in the meantime, I would certainly recommend this novel to fans of Amish fiction. It’s quite an enjoyable read.

Thanks to Blogging for Books, I received a copy of Ties That Bind and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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