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.

Learn more, read an excerpt, and purchase a copy.


  • 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.

  • EmpowerMoms says:

    It was well written so if you’ve read other books by this author or in this series, I’m sure you will enjoy this one!

  • Thank you, Ms Woodsmall, for this third in the Amish of Summer Grove series. I haven’t read the first two books, but can attest to the fact that this is a good stand alone read.

  • I always enjoy Cindy Woodsmall’s books, they are well written and full of surprises. She recapped the previous two books before beginning book 3 and that was most helpful, but I found myself wanting to go back and reread them as I was a little lost in the last book, with both the characters and story line.

  • This is the third book in the Amish of Summer series and I suggest you read each of these in order. Although this book gives a recap of the first two books in it. The author also had a few touchy subjects – bullying, substance abuse, adoption, babies switched at birth. I felt bad for both Ariana and Skylar as there was a little bit of turmoil for both of them. The author does a good job of combining both the English and Amish worlds and shows how it is to have gone from one world to the other. It could not have been easy for them. I thought this was a fitting ending to this series as the author did a good job of tying everything together.

  • The final installment in the series The Amish of Summer Grove will give closure to characters lives while bringing unexpected changes. I have been eagerly awaiting this book and it certainly was worth the wait.

  • Growth, faith and personal struggle were points of this book that brought me to re-reading this story twice. It was beautifully written creating connections with the readers by providing points to ponder through the characters. It had an interesting aspect of family growth and change that was unique to me.

    I have been going and reading the previous two books in this series since reading this book and can say that you can read this book stand- alone or go out of order, so faithful readers you can try this book out!

  • However, I think I can confidently give this story four out of five bookshelves, because I did really enjoy it!

  • While, I have not read the other two novels in the series, the author includes a few page summary of what happened in the two prior books. I am not sure if it’s because I didn’t read the other two books or the author’s writing style, but I just couldn’t get into the book.

  • Gathering the Threads was a wonderful conclusion to the series. I look forward to reading more of Cindy Woodsmall’s books.

  • Woodsmall’s plot did not follow the simplistic lines that I expected; not everyone chooses the Amish way over the worldly one. Blind, unthinking allegiance to authority is questioned and challenged. Exposure to knowledge just for knowledge’s sake is considered and its value embraced by some.

  • If you are a fan of Amish fiction then I recommend this series to you. I cannot wait to see what Woodsmall comes out with next.

  • Grab the books and then be prepared to sit and be engaged in the story from start to finish. Then, consider sharing the books or gifting copies of the books to other readers too!

  • Woodsmall goes a remarkable job weaving all of the pieces together, but the rocky trail is sure to have readers on the edge of their seats!

  • Gathering the Threads is book three of a trilogy, and does build on the previous books. Fortunately there are synopses of each of the other two books, which gives the background of Gathering the Threads. It’s a compelling story, one I didn’t want to put down. The complexities of family are uniquely portrayed, and spiritual growth illustrated. I will definitely be looking for more books by Cindy.

  • An incredible story, a moving and thought-provoking conclusion to an equally incredible series. Characterization is rich, the plot engaging. The writing is powerful and impressive, as is the storyline.

  • This book grabs your attention from the get-go. Both girls struggle with finding their own walk with God. Will they learn to forgive and learn to love ? This is one you want to add to your reading list.

  • Gathering the Threads by Cindy Woodsmall is compelling and engaging, as is the entire Amish of Summer Grove series. Relatable characters just as flawed as the rest of us learn to adjust to life on the other side of the unthinkable and in so doing they teach us, the readers, about the true meaning of family and embracing a God who loves us no matter our circumstances.

  • The Amish of Summer Grove series was one that I was really excited about reading. My favorite thing to do is to read a series completely through. I’ve found that the books that I’ve “binged read” are some of my top recommendations and are the ones that I’ve most enjoyed. I had the privelege to do that with this series and I became attached to the characters since I spent so much time with them!

  • You have all heard about “Switched at Birth” stories. What if, you switched with a completely different life. Raised with completely different values and beliefs.

    That’s what happened in the series by Cindy Woodsmall. Her latest book The Gathering Threads. It’s the third book in the Amish of Summer Grove series.

    I was chosen to review the third book; however, one look at the back cover sent me searching for the other two in the series. I found the first on another review site and then paid full price for the second on Amazon kindle – yes they are that good!

    The stories are spellbinding. I love how the relationships play out between the characters. The two families that are caught in the middle of the ‘switch’ mess are so different. The girls are raised so differently but each have their own struggles they are dealing with.

    One raised with basically no boundaries. Parents who have been separate all her life. In fact, they were never even married. The other raised by very faithful Amish, who if truth be told always suspected something was wrong. One raised as an only child, the only sibling being the child of her Mother’s new husband. The other the twin sister of an Amish boy, and many siblings.

    It’s definitely a a tale with many threads (pun intended).

    My husband teases me about my love of Amish fiction and this one definitely didn’t disappoint.

    Cindy Woodsmall is an award-winning New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written 20 works of fiction, including her most recent series, Amish of Summer Grove. Her connection with the Amish community has been widely featured in national media outlets, including ABC’s Nightline. The Wall Street Journal listed Woodsmall as one of the top three most popular authors of Amish fiction.
    RT Book Reviews recently presented her with a Career Achievement Award and gave her latest release, Gathering the Threads, a Top Pick review.
    Woodsmall and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains.
    Learn more about Cindy Woodmall by visiting her webpage here.

    Definitely worth the read!

  • Gathering the Threads

    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. This is the 3rd in the series,I haven’t read the first two yet but this book did give a summary but will definitely be reading the first two books. A very interesting book, enjoyed it very much. I received an advanced copy of the book thru net gallery.

  • The concluding book of the Amish of Summer Grove series, Gathering the Threads, takes an already unusual story for “Amish fiction” and packs a powerful ending as the threads of this group of people thoroughly mended together by family, life, faith, and community are finally sewn together into one beautiful finality.

    This is not your typically sweet, quaint story of the people who are of Amish Christian beliefs and live in their strict community. It is one where the outside world has already broken the barriers and now openings to customs, people, problems, thought processes, and solutions so very different from their own bring to the forefront issues long buried or tolerated.

  • I really enjoy Amish Fiction and I think “Gathering The Threads” takes Amish fiction to a different level in the deepness of this story.This book enters the stages of Arianna’s entry back into the Amish lifestyle. She is more confused than ever and she doesn’t know that she can follow the bishops rules. She wants to what is right, but she doesn’t know how. Will she be able to do what is right? This book is a great book of a woman standing up for a faith in God and what she believes is right. The ending was unexpected, but it was fantastic!

  • Gathering the Threads is the third and final novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series. While I haven’t read the previous two books, I found that this one stood well on its own and was easy to follow along. Woodsmall did an amazing job at drawing readers in and keeping them on the edge of their seat.  I love that the characters were well developed and relatable. The storyline was believable and full of emotion. I highly recommend this read!

  • This books was a incredible writing and compelling to read with a great story of Ariana coming to her family but everything it wasn’t the same as they used to be, the people in her community in her own town had talking about her family that she wasn’t know about the detail for all about it by the time she was gone from her own town. But it not easy to her to find out about the true from her own family it might be cause to make them hurt too. This story of this book will keeping you stay up long nigh finding the secret from Amish town. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. ” I received complimentary a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity for this review.

  • This is not a book I typically would have picked up myself. I was pleasantly surprised by this one though. It isn’t your average Amish world that has become entirely predictable in literature. I enjoyed this book so much.

  • This is the third and final book in the Series The Amish of Summer Grove, I have enjoyed all of the books that I have read by Cindy Woodsmall. She writes the Amish as real people not some goody goody people who don’t do any wrong. Any way This book has Ariana and Skylar both displaying what they have earned in their time with their respective biological families. I would recommend reading the first books in the series so you can see what transpired. Recommended for people who like their Amish Fiction with realism. I really enjoyed this series.

  • Whenever I find an author that makes me fee like I am part of the story, I know I have found a great one. Cindy Woodsmall is one of those authors. Her latest book Gathering the Threads has been one of my favorite so far.

  • This book was an utterly engrossing and interesting read that not only was a quick read but it really had a lot of depth and thought provoking stuff going on. I loved watching the characters develop and grow and really felt like this was a very satisfying conclusion to a great series.

  • Write a Review

     characters available