“Ties That Bind” by Cindy Woodsmall

Cindy Woodsmall is a prolific writer of Amish fiction.  “Ties That Bind” is book one in The Amish of Summer Grove series.  Arianna Brenneman is one of the children of Lavina and Isaac Brenneman’s many children.  Her family is quite poor and Arianna at the age of twenty is determined to open her own bakery and restaurant in order to bring in more money to her family.  However, she is in need of a lot of money to help her dream come true.  She and her twin brother are working tirelessly to come up with enough cash.

Arianna carries hurt from the past with her.  Her best friend, Frieda, and intended, Quill, leave the Amish community together one night, leaving Arianna hurt and heart-broken.  Quill, in the meantime, has been clandestinely helping other Amish leave the community quietly and secretly and establishing them in another place.  Quill returns to help another Amish family leave and Arianna believes that it is her sister, Susie.  She confronts Quill and finds that all is not as it seems.  She finds out things about herself and her life that are startling and will require her to re-evaluate her circumstances.  Her life will never be the same.  I received this book from Blogging For Books in return for this honest review.

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