REVIEW: GATHERING THE THREADS BY CINDY WOODSMALL

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Gathering the Threads

Cindy Woodsmall

Received from Netgalley

GATHERING THE THREADS is the third and final book in The Amish of Summer Grove series. I really enjoyed the first two but this one, I loved. I couldn’t ask for a better wrap up to a series than GATHERING THE THREADS and Cindy Woodsmall captivated me from the very beginning and never let my heart go until the very last page. I love the way Ms. Woodsmall combines the Amish world with the Englisch world and this beautiful and emotional story is exactly why.

Ariana has returned to her Amish community after living with her Englisch dad for three months. There was a fire on the day she was born and she was switched with another baby who was raised Englisch but is really Amish. Skylar, the other baby, is twenty, just like Ariana, and she has been living with her Amish family while Ariana was with her Englisch family. Skylar isn’t going to be joining the faith that her real family is living in, but she learns many many lessons from them and the way they live. GATHERING THE THREADS has Ariana questioning her faith and the way everyone just accepts whatever the bishop says even if they don’t agree with him. While she was away, she learned a lot about social injustice and helping women and children who are in abusive situations. Ariana wants to teach the Amish women about this and feels it’s time for a change in their faith.

My emotions were all over the place while reading GATHERING THE THREADS and one minute I was happy and smiling and the next, my heart was breaking. I felt bad for Ariana and felt as if the whole community was ganging up on her at times. Will Skylar take the plunge and give up her worldly ways? Will Ariana give up her Amish faith and become an advocate for abused women and children? Will Rudy learn to love the changes in Ariana? Will Quill finally confess his true feelings for Ariana? So many questions and when you read GATHERING THE THREADS you will get all the answers! While you can read this heartbreaking story as a stand alone, I would suggest reading all three in order so you can get all the background on all of the characters.

 

THANKS FOR READING AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!

 

MJautumnframesSusan

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