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Review and Giveaway: Ties that Bind by Cindy Woodsmall October 12, 2015

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 3:57 pm
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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?

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.
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.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This is one of the most interesting Amish fiction books I have read in years. There are a lot of unanswered questions that will force you to keep reading to better understand what is going on.

One thing I really loved was how Cindy wrote the dialogue for the Amish. I think we (or at least me) often think they talk so different from us. But these characters sounded like any other twenty-something person. It made them more real for me.

There is a lot of mystery surrounding the past of these characters and what will happen when truth is revealed? Also, I wanted to better understand the feelings between Ariana and Quill. Was there possible romance there or was Ariana really ready to commit to Rudy?

These questions and much more made this an excellent read.

Visit Cindy here. 

For author bio click here.

For more info click here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by October 21st for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by (U.S. addresses only. I am not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail.)

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


17 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Ties that Bind by Cindy Woodsmall”

  1. Lovely review! Cindy always seems to come up with the most interesting plots that leave you NEEDING to read what happens next! LOL! The same happened to me in her Amish Vines and Orchards Series!

    Many Blessings, Amada (

  2. Thanks for the awesome review and for piquing my curiosity! I LOVE Cindy Woodsmall’s books and to win one would be such a blessing. Thx for the opportunity!

  3. Karen G. Says:

    Great review. Looking forward to reading Ties that Bind. Thank you for the chance to win a copy. kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

  4. Melanie Backus Says:

    Thank you for the wonderful interview, Cindy. The book sounds great!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  5. Jean Ritsema Says:

    I really enjoy Cindy’s books – they keep you interested from the beginning! My husband buys them for me as gifts! Thanks for offering the chance to win a free book! 🙂

  6. Lis Tucker Says:

    Love the author and am sure I would love her book.

  7. mandn8 Says:

    Love Amish Fiction! Thanks!

  8. Daniel M Says:

    sounds like another good one!

  9. I would love an opportunity to read this! I love Cindy’s books

  10. Maryann Says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book by Cindy. I love Amish fiction. Glad you liked the book Melissa.

  11. D K Stevens Says:

    I do enjoy Amish fiction & Cindy writes great stories!

  12. Daniel M Says:

    sounds like a good one

  13. Ronda Ferry Says:

    Looks like a good book to read.

  14. Barbara Says:

    i have always loved Cindy Woodsmall’s books……..she does know how to write an interesting book…..Thanks for the chance to win this one…i would love to read it

  15. Kay Bossard Says:

    Love all books that I have read by Cindy. I would love to win this one! Thanks!

  16. Beth Says:

    Amish fiction books are a favorite of mine. Cindy Woodsmall always writes outstanding stories.

  17. Stella Potts Says:

    Cindy Woodsmall is my favorite Author of Amish fiction. This book looks wonderful.

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