Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall

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.

Ties That Bind is the first novel in the Amish of Summer Grove series.

About The Author

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.

My Thoughts

Cindy Woodsmall has finally brought Amish novels into the 21 century.  With current vernacular and plot, she has revealed a subject rarely spoken and written in Amish novels, Amish leaving the Old Order order for the modern world and society.

From the first chapter, Ties That Bind drew me into the plot.  I felt the saddness at the betrayal of her friend and love, the bloom of her relationship with Rudy, and the confusion as she learns the truth of her past.  Throughout the plot, the reader is one step ahead of the subjects, an advantage that I enjoyed.

I highly recommend this novel and know you will be captured by the residents of Summer Grove.  I look forward the the second novel in this series!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.