Gathering the Threads by Cindy Woodsmall | Book Review


“Finally back in the Old Order Amish world she loves, Will Ariana’s new perspectives draw her family closer together — or completely rip them apart?


After months away in the Englisch world, Ariana Brenneman is overjoyed to be in the Old Order Amish home where she was raised. Yet her excitement is mixed with an unexpected apprehension as she reconciles all she’s learned from her biological parents with the uncompromising teachings of her Plain community. Although her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, hopes to help her navigate her new role amongst her people, Ariana’s Daed doesn’t understand why his sweet daughter is suddenly questioning his authority. What will happen if she sows seeds of unrest and rebellion in the entire family?

Meanwhile, Skylar Nash has finally found her place among the large Brenneman family, but Ariana’s arrival threatens to unravel Skylar’s new identity—and her sobriety. Both Ariana and Skylar must discover the true cords that bind a family and community together and grasp tight the One who holds their authentic identities close to His heart.”



I hadn’t read the first two books that came before “Gathering the Threads” but not only was there a small chapter at the beginning to catch me up in what had been going on in the series, so far, but the book wasn’t hard to keep up with considering I hadn’t read the first two books yet.

In “Gathering the Threads” Ariana and Skylar were accidentally switched at birth because of a fire at the birthing center where they born. Ariana grew up in the Amish world, while Skylar grew up in the English world.

While in the English world, Ariana learns that the leaders in her community may not be leading with God’s word but with rules they have made up to benefit themselves.

When Skylar comes to her Amish family she is on drugs and blames her English family that raised her but gets clean in the first few months of being with her Amish parents.

My favorite part of this book was when Ariana started standing up for herself against her dad and the community leaders after returning from several months in the English world. She eventually convinces her Amish father to agree with her.

I disliked how the bishop and pastor ruined Ariana’s reputation because they had it out for the Brennaman family and Ariana wouldn’t do exactly what they said. These leaders were used to the families basically bowing down to them and not questioning anything they said.

I have enjoyed most of the Amish fiction books that I have read thus far but this one had me hooked from the first chapter and would definitely get five stars.

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

Gathering the Threads is the third and final novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series.

•Publisher: WaterBrook

•Pages: 352

•Category: Fiction, Amish,Romance

•Purchase here: Barnes and Noble




Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA bestselling 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.

Visit Cindy at her website: Cindy Woodsmall’s Website


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