Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Gathering the Threads - The Amish of Summer Grove 3 - by Cindy Woodsmall
About the 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.
Gathering the Threads is the third and final novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series.
I loved this well-written, fascinating story. You definitely have to read the first two books before this one as the characters and situations are continued from them. I loved Ariana and Quill and I liked Skylar, too, and it was fascinating to see how all three dealt with impossible situations. I couldn't imagine how hard it would be to go from the Englisch world to the Amish one and how confused Ariana felt as she started to question what she'd been taught, especially about submitting to church authority when it felt like it didn't match with submitting to God's authority. She started to think for herself instead of just blindly obeying what her parents and bishop said. In a way, I think we all have to deal with that as we grow up and start to think for ourselves. We have to decide if we're going to follow God ourselves and think for ourselves and not just follow along. There were some wonderful discussions about this and other aspects of the Amish faith and faith in general. I was glad to see loose ends tied up but also sad to see the series end. I was excited to find out the whole truth about Frieda and why Quill had to help her leave the Amish. Skylar started out a brat but had a wonderful transformation and there was some romance involving multiple couples. There was a suspenseful situation Ariana and Quill were involved in that was pretty exciting. I was very happy about the ending! I have never been disappointed in one of Cindy's books. They all have such interesting plots and are well-written. I highly recommend this series and can't wait for her next book!
I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.