Cindy Woodsmall's Fraying at the Edge is a fantastic second installment in her Amish of Summer Grove series. It picks up right where the story of Ariana and Skylar left off at the end of Ties that Bind.
Cindy once again uses her personal understanding of the Amish culture and master storytelling skills to pen an intriguing tale, one where Old Order Amish and Englisch lifestyles overlap in very complicated ways. The fascinating characters drive the story at just the right pace as they each learn their own lessons about love, forgiveness, and personal beliefs. The type of questions about God and man-made rules add an engaging element somewhat different from many other Amish stories.
Fans of great Amish fiction should enjoy this series by Cindy Woodsmall. This is one where it is important to read the books in order, so be sure to check out Ties that Bind first. I can't wait to have some dangling loose ends tied up when the next installment comes out.
Thanks to Blogging for Books for providing a copy of Fraying at the Edge in exchange for my honest review.
About the Book:
Family, community, faith, and love. These “quilt blocks” sewn together made Ariana’s beautiful life. When they are pulled to pieces, will anything familiar remain?
Old Order Amish life Ariana Brenneman loved vanished virtually
overnight with the discovery that she was switched at birth twenty years
ago. Now she’s 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 Ariana’s worldview. Only
Quill Schlabach, a childhood friend living Englisch, can help steady Ariana’s tilting ground between the 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 life—no electricity, no technology, no fun.
What the young woman can’t leave behind is her addiction to illegal
prescription drugs and deep emptiness from the belief that she doesn’t
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 they’ll need to follow God’s threads into unexpected
Fraying at the Edge is the second novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series.
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