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About Fraying at the Edge

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 steady the tilting ground between Ariana’s 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 a 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.

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: Aug 16, 2016

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

Carton Quantity: 24

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Click Here to download the first chapter of Fraying at the Edge by Cindy Woodsmall About Fraying at the Edge by Cindy Woodsmall 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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When Life Comes Apart at the Seams, What Will Remain?
   
 
New York Times bestselling author Cindy Woodsmall releases the captivating sequel to the CBA and ECPA bestselling Ties That Bind (WaterBrook, September 8, 2015).
 
In Ties That Bind, Woodsmall introduced readers to Ariana Brenneman, a young Amish woman deeply invested in the beliefs of her family and Amish community, and Skylar Nash, an English college student struggling with a life of addiction, neglect and failure to meet expectations.
 
“Well paced and well written, this book will have readers desperate for the next…”
Romantic Times review of Ties That Bind
 
Fraying at the Edge (August 16, 2016) finds both young women reeling from the discovery that they were switched at birth twenty years ago. Skylar, forced to choose between rehab or time with her Old Order Amish birth family, must adjust to a simple life without electricity or technology. At the same time, Ariana fights to hold on to her convictions as she spends time with her birth mother and father, an atheist determined to open Ariana’s eyes to a new worldview.
 
As their individual worlds unravel, Ariana and Skylar must grapple with the nature of their own true identities. Will they be defined by their genetic connections? Or will they trust God to discover who they are meant to be?
 
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.

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By Brittany Henderson

Fraying at the Edge is a novel written by Cindy  Woodsmall. This is the second book in the series The Amish of Summer Grove. I received this book from Blogging for Books a while ago and to be honest it took me a while to read it. Life has a tendency to get quite crazy at times, however when I sat down and began the book I was hooked almost instantly. The book follows Ariana and Skylar who have been switched at birth by accident. One girl was...

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By Stephanie Vass

This book was an amazing sequel to the first. I loved the continuation of the story and being able to see life for the 2 girls after they are forced to switch places and live with their birth families. This transformation for each young lady is astounding. Cindy Woodsmall has the ability to draw the reader in and you become invested in the lives of these families. You feel the hurt, longing, pain, fear, self-discovery and growth...

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By Karen Holland

I really enjoy amish fiction and in this busy crazy lift I am drawn to the simple.  That is one of the reasons that I enjoy reading all of Cindy Woodsmall's books.  Fraying at the Edge did not disappoint.  Ariana discovers that who she thought she was might not be who she was supposed to be when she discovered that she was switched at birth.  She is then teetering between two worlds as she discovers her English background. With the help of a...

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By Therese May

A wonderfully crafted story about a young Amish woman and a young "Englisch" woman who have a very strange connection.   Ariana, a loving Amish woman, is happy with her life. Everything was going well. She had a loving boyfriend. An amazing family. A new café. But then she found out that her biological parents weren't the ones she had been living with for the past twenty years.   Skylar's world is slowly crashing. Her...

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By Cheryl Baranski

Fraying at the Edge is book two in The Amish of Summer Grove series by Cindy Woodsmall. Wow this is a wonderful piece of Amish fiction with a twist. Cindy draws the reader into the story hook, line and sinker right from the very start. This is a story that deals with love, faith, heartache and betrayal. Will Ariana Brenneman be able to get her Old Order Amish life back? You need to read this book to find out for yourself what happens to...

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