Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall is the first book of the new series The Amish of Summer Grove. The Brennemans are a large Amish family. They have many financial problems and always have had even for the simple living Amish. Ariana and her twin Abram are trying to change this by buying the restaurant in town and the former owner made her family give Ariana a period of time to pull the money together to do this. Ariana has seen Quill in town though. He is her former love--she is now in love with and planning to marry Rudy-- but now she knows that Quill only comes back into town to help one of the Amish leave the Amish and disappear into the English life. Quill hints that this person is one of her family and that has her scared to her very bones. Ariana loves everything about the Amish and cannot imagine life outside of their community. Once Ariana figures out that it must be Susie, her younger sister she sets about to include her in the restaurant plan to convince her to stay---but is it really Susie or someone that she doesn't even suspect? Then her parents start going away and visiting with Quill. What does all this mean? How does it affect Ariana and her plans? Why does everything have to change? And just who is that Englisher, Skylar Nash? So many questions to find out read this installment.
I loved this book and the only thing I wished is that the who series was already written so I could read it all now. I love the way that Ms Woodsmall writes and makes all her characters so realistic. I am so glad that she has begun this new series for her fans to read. It is well written and interesting but even the very young could read this series if they have the reading capability because you don't have to worry about language or sexual content. I would recommend this book for reading.
I received this book from Waterbrook Press for this review.