Review of Ties That Bind (The Amish of Summer Grove) by Cindy Woodsmall

Leah Courtney
I don't always like Amish fiction, but there are a few Amish fiction authors I almost enjoy. Cindy Woodsmall is one of those. I recently finished the first novel in her new series- The Amish of Summer Grove. It was one of those incredibly great reads that left me wondering how I can wait to read the next one.

Review of Amish fiction-Ties That Bind- by Cindy Woodsmall

In Ties That Bind, Ariana Brenneman is saving for a cafe. Her Amish family has always lived a hand to mouth existence, and her ownership of the cafe could really help. She also learns that Quill Schlabach is back in town. Quill helped Ariana's best friend leave the Amish community years before. She's determined that Quill won't help other community members leave- especially not one of Ariana's siblings. Along with Ariana's concerns about the cafe and her siblings, her parents seem to have a secret involving an Englisch girl- Skylar Nash.

This is an Amish fiction story with a new plot. It's a compelling story with interesting and likable characters. There is a great balance of character development and story action, and I felt as if I got to know the other characters well. Along with the main character, the author does a good job introducing the supporting characters as well.

The story certainly doesn't end with the end of this book. I think that there's lots of room for developing stories for the other characters as well as for finding out the rest of Ariana's story in subsequent books. I will be looking for following books expectantly.

I give Ties That Bind 5 stars and a PG rating for content. You can find the book on Amazon here.

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Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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