Fiction Books

Fraying at the Edge

Fraying at the Edge
Cindy Woodsmall

thAbout the Book:

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 the Author:cindy_welcome

Cindy Woodsmall is the New York Times and CBA best-selling author of eighteen works of fiction and nonfiction with more than a million copies sold. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured in national media outlets such as ABC’s Nightline, the Wall Street Journal, and a National Geographic documentary on Amish life. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains. She can be found online at

My Review:

Can you imagine finding out that you were switched at birth and having to learn to live a new life? That’s exactly what has happened to Ariana Brenneman. Ariana, raised with an Amish family, loves her life but if forced to give it up when it was realized she was switched at birth twenty years ago. The life she knew was torn away in an instance, and now she is an Englischer with an atheist father. Ariana’s childhood friend, Quill Schlabach, who is living Englisch, can be the one to steady the ground between her two worlds.

Skylar Nash is forced to choose rehab or spend several months with her new relatives, the large Brenneman family. No electricity, no fun, and no technology. The one thing Skylar can’t leave behind is her addiction to prescription pain drugs as well as a since of emptiness that she doesn’t belong with either family.

Will they be able to live their new lives? Will they be able to follow where God is leading them?
Fraying at the Edge is by far one of Cindy’s best novels. I absolutely love Amish Fiction and reading about their way of life. They encounter everything as we do. I definitely recommend this book to all. It will be one you will not forget.

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.


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