Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Ties That Bind Book Review

I have changed the pace a little bit and wanted to read and share something on the lighter side, so I read Cindy Woodsmall's new book called Ties That Bind, and it's the first book in The Amish of Summer Grove series.
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.     
My Thoughts:
Wow, Cindy Woodsmall really knows how to write a doozy of a story! I wasn't expecting something like this and I guess that is the whole point!
Throw out the window most of what you thought about the Amish because here is a story that is so compelling it will have you shaking your head and thinking, this doesn't happen to the Amish, it only happens to the rest of the people in America, but sadly it did happen and Ariana must now face what lies ahead of her and make the best of what she can salvage and maintain.
Family life is never easy and certain members will do their best to make sure their wishes are what people will adhere to and not gossip. Quinn has tried his best to shield Ariana, but there comes a time when all secrets get spilled and that is when things take on a surreal feeling for Ariana as she tries to hold onto all that she has known.
You are going to love this book! I thought about doing a giveaway but since there will be another one coming, I decided to wait and see if maybe I can do them all at once.  But, if you get the chance to read it before I am ready, take it! It's well worth it!
Happy Reading!
About the Author:
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times, CBA, ECPA, and USA Today best-selling author who has written a dozen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal,and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as the one of the top three most popular authors of Amish fiction.

She's won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer's Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings' Best Books of the Year. 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 in their now empty nest. 
Disclaimer: "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review." Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product.  All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.