Fraying at the Edges

Family, community, faith, and love.

These “quilt blocks” sewn together made Ariana’s beautiful life.

When they are pulled to pieces,

will anything familiar remain?

The Old Order Amish life Ariana Brenneman loved vanished virtually overnight with the discovery that she was switched at birth twenty years ago. Now she’s immersed in the Englischer world, getting to know her mother and under the authority of her biological father, an atheist intellectual with resolute plans to expand Ariana’s worldview. Only Quill Schlabach, a childhood friend living Englisch, can help steady Ariana’s tilting ground between the two worlds, but can she trust him after so many betrayals?

At the same time, Skylar Nash is forced to choose rehab or spend several months with her true relatives, the large Brenneman family and their seemingly backward life—no electricity, no technology, no fun. What the young woman can’t leave behind is her addiction to illegal prescription drugs and deep emptiness from the belief that she doesn’t belong in either family.

New ties are binding Ariana and Skylar to the lives they were meant to have. Can they find the wisdom and strength they’ll need to follow God’s threads into unexpected futures?

Fraying at the Edge is the second novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series.

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I have not read any of Cindy Woodsmall’s books, so this is my first. To be perfectly blunt I was not impressed. The book was not poorly written or any thing like that. Actually, I thought is was a fast paced book. The way she changed the points of few was easy to read and I liked that aspect of it. But just some things did not sit right with me or keep my interest. One of the things in the book that surprised me was an Amish girl named Barbie. That does not sound like a name an Amish girl would have but I really don’t know. I could not stand Skylar because she was so rude to her “new” family, and I thought Ariana was far to naive and tried to be perfect.

I will not be recommending this book or be reading the next book in this series.

Title: Fraying at the Edges

Author: Cindy Woodsmall

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.


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