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Monday, November 2, 2015

Review: Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall

About This 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. "

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author of numerous works of fiction and one of nonfiction. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured widely in national media. She lives in the Foothills of the North Georgia Mountains with her family.

Ties That Bind is a new novel by Cindy Woodsmall and the first in the Amish of Summer Grove series.  Sometimes when you read a lot of Amish fiction, the stories start sounding all the same.  This is not true of books by Cindy Woodsmall.  Ties That Bind is a unique story that will hook you in the first chapter and you will want to keep reading.  I truly could not put it down.  The novel does not just focus on one or two characters, it tells the story of three different characters plus a few others as well.  Even though there are a lot of characters in the story, the author does a great job developing the characters and weaving them into the story so it is not at all confusing.  This novel has many different layers to it and several different problems that need to be resolved.  Of course, it is a series, so the ending will leave you hanging with the problem that you can't wait to find out what happens next!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging For Books for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC regulations.
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