Friday, January 8, 2016

An Amish story with unexpected twists -- Ties That Bind

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.

You can read a excerpt from Ties That Bind here.

About the Book:

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.     

Ties That Bind is the first novel in the Amish of Summer Grove series.
About the Author:
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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