Gathering the Threads

Gathering the Threads

Gathering the Threads (WaterBrook, August 2017)

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.

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

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  • I thought this book gave much to think about and I was glad that I read it.

  • I just loved the character of Ariana, she had a lot to overcome with her two families. She was raised Amish but found out her biological family is English. Also really like Quill, Ariana’s good friend. Loved what he does. A lot of other characters too. There is forgiveness to come.

  • I have read this whole series. The Amish of Summer Grove is book three and the final one. I loved the first two book in the series and could not wait to hear more from this family. It is truly a series about family.

  • Gathering the Threads is a truly beautiful book of growth, hope, family and community. It uses scripture to help us understand God’s love for us, family and our greater role in the community around us.

  • As always, Ms. Woodsmall has given us another wonderful, heart warming story about the Amish world. She has combined the plain world with the Englisch world. We are given two young women who are finding themselves, grasping their faith, and learning new things.

  • Ms. Woodsmall has beautifully woven a story of friendship, following God, and how sometimes making the right decision can be extremely difficult.

  • Woodsmall once again masterfully portrays the crises of identity and faith that Ariana has experienced as a result of her time draus in da Welt (out in the world) with her birth parents, while Skylar has had an equally challenging time adjusting to Amish life. Honest and realistic, the story neither caricaturizes nor adulates Amish customs or beliefs, but represents well both the positive and negative aspects of this culture as well as the outside world.

  • I enjoyed the theme set forth, as well as the underlying premise of “switched at birth” and cultural nurture versus innate being. The emotional angst and confusion continues as a theme through the series, I’m sure, but additional messages of self-reflection to understanding, bullying and faith took its turn in Gathering the Threads.In all, Gathering the Threads was an emotional journey for the characters for sure, and I’d imagine for readers that followed this series from beginning to end.

  • An excellent conclusion to a wonderful series that explores what it would be like to have a daughter switched at birth and for her to come back to the Amish community.

  • I really enjoyed Gathering The Threads. It was a great read and my first by Cindy Woodsmall. I shall be hunting out many more by her.

  • I couldn’t put this book down and read it in spurts across two days. I loved this entire series. Highly recommended. Don’t miss GATHERING THE THREADS.

  • This is not your typical sweet Amish book – it collides with the English world, and the different areas that Amish are not accustomed to dealing with. This book is a great read and easy to follow.

  • I loved the first two books in the series and couldn’t wait for the third one although a little sad that this is the last one.

  • A well-worth read that you should definitely pick up if you are a Amish reader fan.

  • This is an interesting Amish story because it is so unlike other ones I have read.

  • Gathering the Threads is a compelling conclusion of The Amish of Summer Grove series! Woodsmall delights readers with another heart-stirring story, as she deftly intertwines the Old Order Amish world with the Englisch. Ariana and her family have endured much, and their emotional and spiritual journeys are both engaging and thought-provoking.

  • It’s soooo sad to see a series end…even when it ends in a way that makes me happy. I seriously need more with these guys…like I really need more stories to are how certain characters are doing and whats going on with them. So normally I do love when series are longer and I love when characters are picked up from past series, I seriously LOVE it. but there are some stories and characters I just love sooo much more and this is one of those. I couldn’t put the book down and I just had to read more to find out what was going on.

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