Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Book Review - Gathering The Threads by Cindy Woodsmall


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 café 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.


Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times, CBA, ECPA, and USA Today best-selling author who has written seventeen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal,and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as the one of the top three most popular authors of Amish fiction.

Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now empty nest.

If you'd like more information or to contact her, you can go to her website: or Facebook


This is the third and final book of "The Amish of Summer Grove" series. Although the author does bring us up to date with a summary of the first two book, I would highly recommend reading the first books because they are too good to miss and it will help you to understand the characters and story of this book much better.

This is such an excellent story of what happens when the English and Amish culture are forced to intermingle and actually collide. We have two babies who were accidently switched at birth after a traumatic fire. This all comes to light when the babies are adults and they have to navigate different worlds than they are used to.

Ariana is such a wonderful character. She grew up Amish and she has such a good heart. She hates seeing her family struggle because of money issues and has worked very hard to buy the café in town to help her family. We also see her loving heart as she deals with her biological family who are English. As this book opens, she is struggling with these two sides and all the information she has received. She also is confused by the two families pulling on her thoughts so that she doesn't feel that she knows who she is anymore.

I also liked Skylar as we see her struggle with her drug addiction and her time living among her biological Amish family. She also has a good heart but we see her struggle in so many ways and it's heartbreaking. The whole situation is heartbreaking, really, as we see all these families come to term with what they really believe and what is really important to them.

I loved this book and this series! It was one of those books you think about even when you're not reading it and you feel a sense of loss when you read that last page. This book is wonderful and I highly recommend it (and the whole series, if you haven't read it yet). I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by the publisher Waterbrook Multnomah

Blessings - Julie

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