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About Ties That Bind

Ariana’s comfortable Old Order Amish world is about to unravel. Will holding tightly to the cords of family keep them together—or simply tear them apart?

Twenty-year-old Ariana Brenneman loves her family and the Old Ways. She has two aspirations: open a café in historic Summer Grove to help support her family’s ever-expanding brood and to keep any other Amish from being lured into the Englisch life by Quill Schlabach.
 
Five years ago Quill, along with her dear friend Frieda, ran off together, and Ariana still carries the wounds of that betrayal. When she unexpectedly encounters him, she soon realizes he has plans to help someone else she loves leave the Amish. 
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Despite how things look, Quill’s goal has always been to protect Ariana from anything that may hurt her, including the reasons he left. After returning to Summer Grove on another matter, he unearths secrets about Ariana and her family that she is unaware of. His love and loyalty to her beckons him to try to win her trust and help her find a way to buy the café—because when she learns the truth that connects her and a stranger named Skylar Nash, Quill knows it may upend her life forever.      
 
Ties That Bind is the first novel in the Amish of Summer Grove series.

About Cindy Woodsmall

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA bestselling author of numerous works of fiction and one of nonfiction. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured widely in national media. She lives in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains with her family.

Product Details

352 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Sep 8, 2015

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 24

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Ariana’s comfortable Old Order Amish world is about to unravel. Will holding tightly to the cords of family keep them together—or simply tear them apart?

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Twenty-year-old Ariana Brenneman loves her family and the Old Ways. She has two aspirations: open a café in historic Summer Grove to help support her family’s ever-expanding brood and to keep any other Amish from being lured into the Englisch life by Quill Schlabach. 
 
Five years ago Quill, along with her dear friend Frieda, ran off together, and Ariana still carries the wounds of that betrayal. When she unexpectedly encounters him, she soon realizes he has plans to help someone else she loves leave the Amish.  
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Despite how things look, Quill’s goal has always been to protect Ariana from anything that may hurt her, including the reasons he left. After returning to Summer Grove on another matter, he unearths secrets about Ariana and her family that she is unaware of. His love and loyalty to her beckons him to try to win her trust and help her find a way to buy the café—because when she learns the truth that connects her and a stranger named Skylar Nash, Quill knows it may upend her life forever.      
 
Ties That Bind is the first novel in the Amish of Summer Grove series.

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What if Everything You Thought You Knew About Your Identity Was a Lie?
 
With her recent sales milestone of more than 1.5 million copies sold, New York Times and CBA bestselling author, Cindy Woodsmall secures her place as one of the top authors in an ever-growing genre. Woodsmall has written more than a dozen Amish fiction novels and novellas since 2006 and has risen to become one of the most recognizable names in Amish fiction writing.
 
Her commitment to accuracy, fueled by her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families, sets her books apart from many others. Her success is due in part to her sincere respect for the Amish culture and her ability to shed light on both the triumphs and failures of America’s “Plain People.” In captivating detail, she explores themes common to all cultures—coming of age, romance, and family—but does so against the backdrop of the Amish landscape.
 
In her latest novel, Ties That Bind (WaterBrook Press, September 8, 2015) Woodsmall explores the fragile thread that holds together the fabric of our identity. She introduces readers to Ariana, a young woman of strength and conviction, upholding the tenets of the faith and community she holds dear. Yet the story truly begins 20 years ago, on a night filled with fear and expectation, as Ariana’s mother struggles to give birth as the birthing center erupts in flames around her. On the same night, a pregnant Englisch woman passing through the town, unexpectedly goes into labor and rushes to the center to give birth to her daughter, Skylar.
 
What follows is an intricately woven tale of the lives of two young women, living worlds apart, yet undeniably joined by that single night. What will Ariana and Skylar discover about their birth and will it threaten to unravel the only lives they’ve ever known?
 
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
CINDY WOODSMALL is a New York Times, CBA, ECPA, and USA Today best-selling author who has written over a dozen works of fiction and one nonfiction book. Her connection with the Amish community has been widely featured in national media outlets, including ABC “Nightline” and The Wall Street Journal. She’s been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains. For more information visit: cindywoodsmall.com.

Facebook: facebook.com/authorcindywoodsmall
Twitter: @cindywoodsmall

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By Meagan Myhren-Bennett

Ties That BindThe Amish of Summer Grove #1By Cindy WoodsmallAriana Brenneman loves Her Amish life and can't understand why anyone would ever want to leave it behind and face separation from friends and family left behind. And she's never been able to get over the fact that the man she had hoped to marry turned his back on his Amish roots five years ago.But Quill Schlabach has made a reappearance in Summer Grove and Ariana fears that his...

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By Kristin Lail

Cindy Woodsmall has done it againâ?¦put out a book that has stolen my heart.  I love the characters in this story!  Every single character felt very real and I appreciate that in a story. Honestly, when I finished reading this book, I looked at my daughter (who read it before I did) and asked how on earth weâ??re going to survive until the next installment comes out! The character building and details in this tale are so real and...

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By Lee Ann Perez

This first in the new The Amish of Summer Grove series by Cindy Woodsmall is sure to be the start of something big. Ties That Bind takes young Ariana through a series of challenges that are new and different to Amish fiction.  By using in depth character development, the reader is able to follow Ariana as she moves to open a cafe, all while she is reeling from the betrayal of her friend leaving the Amish.  Her quest to prevent others from...

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By Shannah Mauney

My Review: I've never read such an intense book from the Amish genre. Ties That Bind was all I expected it to be... and so much more! From the very beginning to the very end, I was biting my nails. I was nervous, excited, and scared for Ariana and the Brenneman family, even though I didn't know exactly what was wrong! The well-hashed plot kept me turning pages until the very end. AND TALK ABOUT A CLIFF HANGER! I can't wait to get my hands on...

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By Renee McMichael

Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall is a wonderful beginning to her new series, The Amish of Summer Grove! This book is engaging; it captured my attention and didn't let me put it down till I had finished the book.The characters are wonderfully complex and the story/plot very well written. At times I basked in the warmth of the story and a other times I found it to be heart-breakingly sad. I enjoyed this book so much it has left me wondering...

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