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 Review: I love Cindy Woodsmall's writings. Her books are not mere fluff and give up some characters who are usually going through a rough patch in life. When I get tired of the usual Amish fiction Cindy's books make me fall in love again.
Ties that Bind is book 1 in Cindy's new series The Amish of Summer Grove. I have to tell you that starting off I felt myself getting confused as to if this was truly book 1. There is so much going on and the characters seemed to be already so well fleshed out that I felt as if I missed something. Not so. If you feel the same way at first just hang on and keep reading. It may take a little while to get into it but it's worth it.
Since you can read the synopsis above I'm not going to rehash the storyline and give away any juicy tidbits. I will recommend that you be prepared to sit back and really get into this book. It's not flighty reading so you will need your wits about you to keep the characters straight and deal with the frustration you will experience at the end when all is not tighly wrapped up in a bow 😉
Take Ties that Bind with you on vacation and be prepared to enjoy Amish Fiction again.
You can purchase Ties that Bind on Amazon.
About the Author:
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.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Blogging for Books as part of their Blogger Review program. 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.”