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Gathering the Threads
By Cindy Woodsmall
(The Amish of Summer Grove series)
Published by Waterbrook
ISBN#978-1601427038
352 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Finally, back in the Old Order Amish world she loves,
Will Ariana’s new perspectives draw her family closer together—
or completely rip them apart?

After months away in the Englisch world, Ariana Brenneman is overjoyed to be in the Old Order Amish home where she was raised. Yet her excitement is mixed with an unexpected apprehension as she reconciles all she’s learned from her biological parents with the uncompromising teachings of her Plain community. Although her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, hopes to help her navigate her new role amongst her people, Ariana’s Daed doesn’t understand why his sweet daughter is suddenly questioning his authority. What will happen if she sows seeds of unrest and rebellion in the entire family?

Meanwhile, Skylar Nash has finally found her place among the large Brenneman family, but Ariana’s arrival threatens to unravel Skylar’s new identity—and her sobriety. Both Ariana and Skylar must discover the true cords that bind a family and community together and grasp tight the One who holds their authentic identities close to His heart. 

REVIEW: I've just finished reading Gathering the Threads. I am blown away. I’m astounded at how the story and message of this novel are relevant to everyone. If you didn’t read books one and two have no fear about jumping into the third and final installment of The Amish of Summer Grove series. The author begins this book by quickly catching readers up to speed in the first few pages. Ariana and Skylar were switched at birth. Ariana was raised in an Amish family and Skylar outside. The girls discover this near their 20th birthday. Each family wants a chance to get to know their biological offspring. Thence the girls' year-long journey of living in strange new worlds.

When this novel opens the girls have lived with their biological families for three months.  Arianna was grateful to return to a place she called home. The reunion with family wasn’t as joyful as anticipated.  Ariana’s eyes have been opened and the house and family didn’t feel like home anymore. She’s learned many things living in the world with all its newfangled technology but one of the main things she took away from being there was the fact that she can read the Bible and apply what she’s read to her life without Old-Order leadership dictating her every thought and move.

 This is a powerful story that deeply touched my heart as I saw these characters earnestly try to grasp and practice concepts from the Bible into their lives; even if it dispelled what they originally thought was true. I was delighted when it was revealed to their hearts that the “truth” would set them free in so many ways when they identified the lies they'd believed and had the courage to walk in the truth about God, themselves and others. I’m thankful for the way this author ended the series. I’m so glad this author had the courage to walk the path God had for her and write what she’s felt called to write. This author is a Blessing. Her work is phenomenal. This is a masterfully written must-read novel.  It's one I won't soon forget.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and Bloggingforbooks site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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