Ties That Bind: A Novel (The Amish of Summer Grove) by Cindy Woodsmall


I found the book very slow to begin with many characters…….     Twenty year old Ariana Bennenman is devoted to God and her family who adhere to the Old Order Amish. The Bennenmans are a very large and poor family and all are hard working .Arianna has two aspirations: open a café in historic Summer Grove to help support her family’s ever-expanding brood.  Her twin brother Abram is doing all he can to help her to save enough money to purchase the cafe.  Five years ago Quill, her closest friend, 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 community. Someone in her family, she will do anything to prevent this. There are many twists and turns to this novel, different from other Amish books. I found it to be very interesting but….I DID NOT LIKE THE WAY IT ENDED!  I know the writer will continue the story in another book, but you must wait until then. …..
I received a complimentary copy of Ties that Bind from Blogging for Books, in exchange for an honest review.                     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.


About dixiegran

I am a grandmother from Dixie who loves to read christian fiction. I created this blog so I could do reviews on the books I read. I am on the review blogger program for Bethany House....also Blogging For Books and Barbour Publishing Co. On Christian Reviewers I also obtain books from various authors to read and then give my review on Amazon and here.

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