Gathering the Threads by Cindy Woodsmall

Will Ariana and Skylar be able to overcome their doubts about what love, relationships, and family will look like in their futures? Don’t miss the conclusion, Gathering the Threads, in Cindy Woodsmall’s Amish of Summer Grove series. 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, the Englisch-raised young woman is working in Ariana’s café while getting to know her birth family and their Plain way of life. 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.

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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.

Cindy Woodsmall

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Cindy Woodsmall is the “New York Times” and CBA best-selling author of nineteen works of fiction and non-fiction with more than a million copies sold. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured in national media outlets such as ABC’s “Nightline,” the “Wall Street Journal,” and a National Geographic documentary on Amish life. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains.

Find out more about Cindy at http://www.cindywoodsmall.com.

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What makes us who we are?

Cindy Woodsmall releases the powerful conclusion to the Amish of Summer Grove series

9/13/2017 || Seattle: How different would your belief system be if you grew up in a different culture? Would your faith in God be the same if you were raised in a different family? New York Times best-selling author Cindy Woodsmall poses these questions in the powerful conclusion to the CBA and ECPA bestselling Amish of Summer Grove series in Gathering the Threads (WaterBrook/August 15, 2017/ISBN 978-1601427038/$14.99).

Woodsmall’s latest series introduces readers to two young women, one Englisch and one Amish, who were switched at birth and follows them as they discover what their lives would have been like had the switch never taken place. In Gathering the Threads, Woodsmall deftly weaves complex issues of identity into the story. What makes us who we are? Are we simply a result of our genetic ancestry? Does our family determine our future . . . or is there something more to identity? The book also deals with the prejudice many Christians feel toward other denominations and belief systems.

The series began with Ties That Bind (September 8, 2015) when Woodsmall introduced readers to Ariana Brenneman, a young Amish woman deeply invested in the beliefs of her family and Amish community, and Skylar Nash, an Englisch college student struggling with a life of addiction, neglect and failure to meet expectations. Their worlds are turned upside down when they learn the families they have been a part of for 20 years are not biologically theirs.

Fraying at the Edge (August 16, 2016) found both women introduced to communities very different from the ones they grew up knowing. They both reeled with the nature of their true identities as Ariana fought to hold on to her convictions in a secular world and Skylar adjusted to life without modern technology.

In the third and final book of the series, Woodsmall brings the story full circle as each woman must decide where her future will be. Ariana’s initial excitement to return home is mixed with doubts about the Amish way of life. Her time with her analytical, atheist father has opened her perspective and makes communicating with her Amish family a struggle. Her arrival also challenges Skylar’s hard-won sobriety as Skylar struggles to see her place in a family restored. Both women find themselves doubting what love, relationships and family will look like in their futures.

Woodsmall hopes readers will glean the importance of reading, studying and thinking for themselves. “Don’t let anyone in authority or any authoritative group, church or otherwise trick you into following them,” Woodsmall warns. “Faith needs to go deeper than our understanding of the Word, just like love goes deeper than our understanding of the Word. I’m hoping readers feel encouraged that it is good for grace to outweigh their personal convictions that may or may not line up with God’s Word as well as they thought.”

Gathering the Threads is a perfect book for fans of Amish fiction that doesn’t shy away from discussing difficult issues.

For more on Gathering the Threads and the Amish of Summer Grove series, visit www.waterbrookmultnomah.com.

Advance Praise

“Woodsmall ends The Amish of Summer Grove series phenomenally. Gathering the Threads is the best of the three novels, bringing it all together in a meaningful and realistic way. Her storytelling skills are impeccable, drawing readers in and providing a sense of familiarity and friendship with the characters. The character development and progression are realistic and engaging. This series has a wide appeal, and readers should be very satisfied with the lovely ending.”

~ RT Book Reviews (4 ½ star Top Pick)

About the Author

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 Woodsmall and her books at www.cindywoodsmall.com. She is also active on Facebook (@authorcindywoodsmall).

Suggested interview questions

—The Amish of Summer Grove series introduces readers to a pair of girls, one Englisch and one Amish, who were switched at birth. What are some of the challenges each faced when pushed to experience the life she would have lived had the switch never taken place?

—What are some of the questions about identity the girls must work through as they adjust to life with their new families?

—Today’s news stories, even our social media feeds, are full of people arguing and treating each other poorly due to a difference of opinions. As Christians, how can we be respectful of others’ beliefs while standing for the truth?

—Ariana was deeply conflicted between respecting the parents who raised her and the pull of the world outside the Amish community. How was she able to balance the two sides and still hold on to her faith?

—Explain the meaning behind the title of the book. In what ways was Ariana a “gatherer of threads”?

—Skylar experienced a culture shock when she arrived in Summer Grove. What lessons did she learn from her new Amish family that helped her overcome her battle with drug addiction?

—What lessons in hope and faith do you hope readers take away from reading Gathering the Threads?

—Is there a subtler, maybe even hidden lesson you hope readers consider as well?

—Some people who have never read Amish fiction usually have a certain perception of the genre without giving it a chance. What would you say to encourage new readers to branch out and try the Amish of Summer Grove series?

Gathering the Threads is the third and final book in your Amish of Summer Grove series. Is it difficult for you to end a series and leave the characters behind?

—Can you share a little bit about the book you are writing next?

To request a review copy of Gathering the Threads, to schedule an interview with Cindy Woodsmall or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.

Reviews

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by Feeling in Red on November 19, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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!

    Written by this chattanooga mommy saves on November 17, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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!

    Written by Running Through The Storms on November 16, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by Chat With Vera on November 16, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by Janice’s book reviews on November 16, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.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.

    Definitely worth the read!

    Written by chickensbunniesandhomeschool on November 16, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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!

    Written by Pursuing Intentional Living on November 11, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by Reading Is My SuperPower on October 26, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by Farming On Faith on October 24, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by The Power of Words on October 17, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by Life at Rossmont on October 17, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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!

    Written by Living Outside The Lines on October 17, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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!

    Written by Seeking With All Yur Heart on October 11, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by Karen’s Korner on October 11, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by Thoughts from Mill Street on October 11, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

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

    Written by 2014 and Beyond on October 8, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by Two Points of Interest on October 4, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

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

    Written by Spreading His Grace on October 2, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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!

    Written by Bibliophile Reviews on September 30, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by Texas Book-aholic on September 30, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by A Holland Reads on September 29, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    I always enjoy Cindy Woodsmall’s books, they are well written and full of surprises. She recapped the previous two books before beginning book three 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.

    Written by Have A Wonderful Day on September 29, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by sunny island breezes on September 29, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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!

    Written by EmpowerMoms on September 26, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by Books n Baubles on September 26, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by Buzzing About Books on September 22, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

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

    Written by The Talbert Report on September 22, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

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

    Written by Books,Dreams,Life on September 21, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by NOVA Frugal Family on September 21, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting on September 21, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by lighthouse academy on September 20, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by Christian Bookaholic on September 20, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by Inklings and Notions on September 18, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by Just Commonly on September 18, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by Mocha with Linda on September 18, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

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

    Written by A Baker’s Perspective on September 18, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by BOOKS REVIEWS ETC on September 16, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on September 15, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by The Mary Book Reader on September 13, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

    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.

    Written by janices book reviews on September 13, 2017

  • ‘GATHERING THE THREADS’ BY CINDY WOODSMALL

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

    Written by I’m Hooked on Books on September 13, 2017