Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Review: Gathering the Threads by Cindy Woodsmall

I'm going to use the real blurb, cause there isn't any way for me to do this without spoiling everything. (Well, technically there is, but it takes to much thought for the state of mind I'm in right now.)

After three months of draus in da Welt, Ariana has returned to Summer Grove, the Old Order Amish community where she was raised for twenty years, and life with her Brenneman family.
Skylar Nash, the Englisch-raised young woman is working in Ariana’s cafĂ© while getting to know her birth family and their Plain way of life.
Skylar’s time in Summer Grove has changed her outlook, just as Ariana has grown to see her personal faith in God in a different light than the manner she was taught while growing up.
Both women will have to make decisions about their paths— and Ariana must decide what role her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, will play in her life.
Gathering the Threads is the third and final novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series.

I'm giving this book 5 stars.

1: I feel like each book in this series gets better than the last, and this one was the best. (And the cleanest, not that there was bad stuff in the others, it's just the use of certain terms that I wouldn't. Mostly coming from Skylar, to be fair.)

2: Honestly, I enjoy Amish stories, but the Amish confuse me. They have a lot of things right, but so many things wrong. I think this book did a really great job of showing that, while still showing everything that was good about the Amish.

3: I really wished there was more of Brandi and Cameron in this book than there was. I mean, I know the series is called "The Amish of Summer Grove" but still.... But I was super excited that Cameron seemed to get along with the Amish side of Ari's family. And Nicholas seemed to be getting to be a better man, which was great. I love how Ari started calling Brandi and Nicholas Mom and Dad, and by the end (I'm not sure if this is a SPOILER or not but whatever....) Skylar was comfortable with Isaac and Lovina and called them Daed and Mamm... well technically I don't think she actually did call her Mamm, but I like to think she did.

4: Quinn and Berta and Ari had such a chemistry among them, in different ways between the characters, but I loved how they could work together to get problems solved.

5: Can we talk about the epilogue? I mean, I know we can't cause that would be super spoiler, but I was pretty taken aback. The good thing is that she touched on everyone, so that I wasn't wondering what was going on with half the characters. But I was so sad to see it end. I wasn't ready.

(Wow, number three really got a little long winded.....)

I received this book as part of participation in Cindy's launch team.

This book is on sale August 15, which is 2 weeks away. Hopefully this review is just in time to get you excited.

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