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Gathering the Threads: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell


Gathering the Threads – DEFINITE Must-Read!

It’s been a rough go, having to wait for Cindy Woodsmall’s latest release, Gathering the Threads. It is the third and final installment of her Amish of Summer Grove series and I could not be happier. Woodsmall turns out yet another phenomenal novel, the cherry on the proverbial sundae.

Gathering the Threads picks up where Fraying at the Edge left off. Ariana has returned to her Old Order Amish community after her stint in the world. But she’s not the Ariana everyone remembers. She now has thoughts and opinions – opinions that do not line up with her church, and especially her family. Who is this new Ariana? How will she reconcile the two worlds that she now knows?

Skylar seems to finally be getting her life together – until Ariana returns to the Brenneman home. Where does SHE belong now? Can she make this transition and not fall off the wagon? How does Jax fit into all of this?

I was given Gathering the Threads in exchange for my honest review. It was stupendous! Definitely read the two other novels in the series before reading this one – you won’t be disappointed. Woodsmall tackles some serious issues in this novel. It is relevant, especially for the world in which we now live. I think this novel – more than almost any other I’ve read – would be especially poignant to those who are ex-Amish. The struggle is palpable. The author does a phenomenal job of pulling the readers in with her intricate storylines and complex characters. A definite must read.

Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!

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